The Swellers

Running Out Of Places To Go EP

Written by: PP on 24/11/2012 01:40:32

It's been about a year since the solid third album "Good For Me" by Flint, Michigan's The Swellers, who have been charming the scene with their balancing act between harmonious pop punk and straight forward alternative rock for years now. They've always been just pop punk enough to write infectiously catchy vocal melodies, but at the same time have taken care not to be lumped in the same genre as bands like All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, et al. Instead, they're far more closer to the melancholic punk acts like Bayside and Alkaline Trio in their delivery, something which continues on their latest EP "Running Out Of Places To Go" that was released last month.

Essentially, the EP is all about upbeat, bright, catchy pop punk delivered without the usual bullshit girlfriend drama that's associated with the genre. If you haven't heard The Swellers yet, this is a good place to start, as the songs here showcase the band at their most developed, and arguably also most accessible. They haven't changed their sound much over the years, but they've focused and refined it enough to find a formula that suits them. Not a generic formula, per se, but one that' easily accessible and easy to sing along to. They write uplifting music that connects with their audience just enough without revealing it all away, which has been the key reason for Alkaline Trio's and Bayside's success over the years.

Following in those bands' footsteps, The Swellers are quickly establishing themselves as a mainstay within the genre while also forging their own identity in the process. No band does the upbeat sing along alt rock meets pop punk style better than these guys in 2012, which is proved by this EP.

Download: Hands, Let Me In, Making Waves
For the fans of: Bayside, Alkaline Trio, Broadway Calls, Elway
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Release date 22.10.2012
Xtra Mile Recordings

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