Tony Sly’s influence is vastly underrated. Just ask The Swellers, who spend much of Ups and Downsizing (as they did with 2007’s My Everest), doing their post-melodicore take on mid-to-late 90s punk which was primarily dominated by Fat Wreck’s ever growing roster of similarity. At the time, older punks seemed to deride the overly melodic nature of the new sound as a product of the generation. Funny thing though, in 2009 this sound has in a sense become the throwback, the aging and forbidden. But damn if in a scene on the verge of collapse under the weight of shittyness brought on by the Cobra Starship/Brokencyde/3Oh!3-ness of it all that a band like the Swellers could sound so damn good; like No Use For a Name, Pulley and Ten Foot Pole all rolled into one glorious band.
Perhaps they sound this great because they’re surrounded by some of the most average music in the business (here’s looking at you Fueled By Ramen!), which really isn’t their fault. They’ve been around since Continue reading