Music: The Swellers with Motion City Soundtrack

The Swellers, from Flint, Mich., play a Screeching Weasel style of Pop-Punk with hook-heavy material that has gained loads of polish. They're opening for Motion City Soundtrack tonight at Bogart's.

Jan 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Even as record sales dip to no apparent end, labels are still a significant source of pride, stability, experience and (despite poor sales) money for young bands. The Swellers know a good label’s value intimately, probably because it’s taken them eight years to find one.

Swellers drummer Jonathan Diener recalls taking a walk with the band’s old bass player and lamenting that the group’s many DIY tours and handful of releases had yet to lead them to a substantial label. From the way Diener discusses it, the Flint, Mich., outfit was close to calling it quits. Returning from their excursion, good news had arrived: Fueled by Ramen Records asked The Swellers to sign. As one of the two remaining members of a group that approached the hit-making Pop-Punk label ages earlier, Diener was ecstatic. Did he see the victory as a long time coming?

“Oh yeah,” he says. “That’s putting it lightly.”

Originating as a riff on the Screeching Weasel style of Pop-Punk, The Swellers’ hook-heavy material has gained loads of polish (at times, too much).

They play Bogart's with Motion City Soundtrack. Get show details and more Sound Advice here. Get Brian Baker's take on the new Motion City Soundtrack album here.