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Local five-piece Dead Swells will bring its trippy indie rock to The Royal American stage Dec. 11 for the group’s last show of the year with North Carolina rock band Arson Daily and local singer-songwriter Jack Fortune. 

This year, singer/guitarist Paul Nederostek, the mind behind Dead Swells’ spacey compositions, has been in the studio focused on recording as much as possible, including another Dead Swells album. The band consists of guitarist Adam Haltiwanger, keyboardist Luke Reeves, bassist Ben Moody and drummer Joe Lansburg.

“Everything that’s gone on in the world has made me realize that I like being in the studio writing music and coming up with stuff more than I do playing shows,” Nederostek said. “I made that realization for myself, but I’m not too sure where it’s going to lead.”

As a recent transplant from Massachusetts, the Dec. 11 performance will be guitarist/vocalist Jack Fortune’s third show in Charleston. To fill out his folksy sound, joining Fortune on stage will be Little Bird guitarist James Rubush and Girl Pluto violinist Emma Dooley. 

Fortune channels his love for ‘70s outlaw country names like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in his songs, which he said are sad and slow. 

“Lately I’m trying to write less about ‘me’ and ‘I,’” Fortune said. “I’m trying to get more into stories and characters.”