"We had our first band practice twelve years ago today. It's been an amazing run. Booking some farewell shows soon. Thank you." - June 24, 2014
Hailing from Flint, Michigan, pop-punk act The Swellers posted this message to their social media sites to the dismay of their loyal fans signaling the end of their run.
Forming in the year 2002, The Swellers had 12 years under their belt including 5 full-length albums, 2 EP's and an arsenal of massive tours with the likes of Paramore, Less Than Jake, Bayside, Four Year Strong, and other alternative powerhouses. In 2009, The Swellers signed to a hopeful future with Fueled By Ramen Records (Paramore, Fun, Fall Out Boy, Young The Giant) and released two critically-acclaimed full-lengths (Ups and Downsizing, Good For Me) but each release somehow avoided the limelight, despite the wealth of radio-friendly jams that the albums heralded.
Departing the label in April of 2012, the band independently released the aggressive and urgent Running Out of Places To Go EP just six months later, a testament to their perseverance and dedication to succeed as a pop-punk powerhouse.
This release gained the attention of No Sleep Records, an up-and-coming label that housed current indie scene favorites such as The Wonder Years, La Dispute, and Balance & Composure. They signed with No Sleep in May 2013, announcing the news at punk festival Bledfest in Howell, MI. The future was looking bright yet again for the Michigan natives.
The Swellers released arguably their best work in October 2013 in the form of The Light Under Closed Doors, featuring a spectrum of pop-punk diversity amongst its 10 songs and 30-minute run-time (see the one-two punch of "Should", the Weezer-tinged "High/Low", and stadium-ready "Big Hearts"). Their infectious, ear-worm single "Got Social" was featured on MTV's Buzzworthy, signalling the band as a rising force.
The band set out to tour with their newest album with New York punkers I Am The Avalanche and mid-tempo emo group Turnover, stopping by Detroit's Shelter (of Eminem fame) in March 2014. Despite an attendance of hardly 100 concert-goers for the hometown heroes, the band played a loud, raucous show during which frontman Nick Diener urged the crowd go wild as they did not expect to be back in the area in the near future.
And now here we are. Twelve years later exactly.
Despite the mysterious sudden end, The Swellers may go down as one of the most underrated pop-punk bands of this generation, one of Michigan's best-kept secrets, hoisting a discography of anthems for all types of audiences to enjoy. As they plan to book farewell shows, be on the lookout for Michigan dates in your area. This may very well be the last time to catch them live and rest assured, these will be shows that you will not want to miss.
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