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