Swellshark is an Atlanta-based music duo from Chicago, IL that incorporates lush lyrics, intricate drums, electric ukulele, and the occasional mouth trumpet. They have been featured on High Clouds Magazine, Ohestee, and the official Bob Ross Twitter page, in addition to artist campaigns for PORTRAIT Eyewear of Italy. They made their live debut in 2014, opening for anti-folk icon Jeffrey Lewis at Schubas in Chicago.

 

Members Shélan O’Keefe and Henry Kellam were introduced to each other at a "Lord of the Rings" themed potluck in 2012, immediately bonding over their shared love of music (and pecan pie.) Their subsequent relationship eventually found its way to musical collaboration, when Kellam began playing jazz and metal-inspired drums with O’Keefe’s backlog of confessional lyrics and ukulele riffs. Since then, the duo have independently released two EPs, their debut album, In the Beginning, and toured the entire perimeter of the U.S. (and parts of Canada) in a 2012 Scion XB.

 

Currently, Swellshark are hard at work on their Sophomore album, and are enjoying their new surroundings and friends in Atlanta.

 

Vocals, Electric Ukulele // Shélan O'Keefe
Drums, Bass, Harmonica // Henry Kellam