I am the guy standing in the back of the crowd. Iím most likely crossing my arms and not singing along. Even in a situation when thereís a circle pit, stage diving or crowd surfing, Iím most likely not participating. When the singer of the band shouts out to the show-goers for a wall of death or to clap along, I donít indulgethem. If youíre having a good time up front and look back to see me standing there, you probably think Iím trying to be cool. You probably think Iím not enjoying myself. If you assume those things, youíre in the wrong. I couldnít be cool even if I tried and Iím probably having a great time. If thatís the case, then why...
I was lucky enough to filmThe Swellers one last time at their last New England show ever last week. Head to the replies to watch the full set, in which the band performs virtually nonstop for nearly an hour and a half to a packed house with a setlist than spans their career.
Maybe we missed our big shot by not cashing in at the right time. Maybe we could have set our artistic pride aside and written the same record over and over again. Maybe we released too much music. Maybe we shouldnít have been so accessible to our fan base. Maybe we could have picked a different record label or a different manager or changed our band name a few years in. You can question yourself forever, but it wonít change a thing. I like the choices we made. I like that we took risks and kept it real.
BraidedVeins (members of The Swellers, Kid Brother Collective, Empty Orchestra) will record their debut LP in late August with Marc Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, others). The band's first EP can be downloaded for free.
The Swellers are the subject of a new Ernie Ball video feature reflecting on their experience on Warped Tour this summer, which you can watch in the replies.. Nick from the band talks about how winning the Battle of the Bands years ago helped kick off The Swellers' career Ė incidentally, Ernie Ball has just picked the finalists for this year's Battle of the Bands, which can be seen on their Facebook page.
Braidedveins (The Swellers) will release their debut EP, Future/Forever, on December 21 via Save Your Generation Records. The artwork can be seen in the replies. If you missed it, you can listen to the first single here.
01. Watch Carefully
02. How Did You Imagine the End?
03. Some Fundamental Questions on the Nature of Being
04. The Future Lasts Forever
05. The Nature Cruise of the Century!
06. On the Limits of Tomorrow
07. To Whomever Finds This Document:
You can stream a new The Swellers song titled "Should" over at MTV Buzzworthy. It's off the band's upcoming No Sleep Records' debut, The Light Under Closed Doors, which will release on October 29th. You can pre-order the record here.
02) Big Hearts
03) Got Social
05) Great Lakes State
06) Becoming Self-Aware
07) Friends Again (We Canít Be)
08) Designated Driver
09) Favorite Tune
10) Call It A Nigh
The Swellers latest EP, Running Out of Places to Go, has been re-pressed on white and bubblegum pink and is available to pre-order via No Sleep Records. It's the band's best work, pick it up if you haven't yet.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of The Swellers being a band. Drummer Jono Diener wrote about the occasion in his blog. He's also our featured guest on this week's upcoming AbsolutePunk Podcast, so stay tuned for that.
We were never a hype band or blew up, but weíve been slowly climbing up for years. Weíre still very much here. If anything itís time to take another swing at things. 8 months at home was too much for me. I donít think I can do that again, or at least not for a while. Maybe weíve been around a long time but it doesnít mean weíre close to being done. I think weíre better than ever. We just need someone to listen and fight for us.
Update: The band has released the album a day early for those who pre-ordered, so check your email inbox for your download. If you didn't pre-order, you can buy the album now at the band's Bandcamp for $4.
You can stream The Swellers new EP Running Out Of Places To Go over at AOL.