The Swellers debut “Sleeper” video, tours UK

Fueled by Ramen melodic punk act The Swellers have unveiled the brand new video for the track “Sleeper” from their most recently album, Ups and Downsizing. The video details the band on the road, splicing together live footage, shenanigans and down time and can be seen above via a Kerrang exclusive.

After wrapping up a stint at this year’s The Fest 9, the band will head to the United Kingdom for a tour with Young Guns in November. They will also take part in this year’s Bouncing Souls’ Home For the Holidays showcase.

Ups and Downsizing is a great throwback album to melodic punk’s glory days, a recommended pick up if your mid 90s were spent listening to No Use For a Name. A limited vinyl edition of the release is available now via FBR.

Tour dates:
11/23 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit w/ Young Guns
11/24 – Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute w/ Young Guns
11/25 – Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre w/ Young Guns
11/26 – York, UK @ Fibbers w/ Young Guns
11/27 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Young Guns
11/28 – Carlisle, UK @ The Brickyard w/ Young Guns
11/30 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Garage w/ Young Guns
12/01 – Preston, UK @ 53 Degrees w/ Young Guns
12/02 – Manchester, UK @ Academy O2 w/ Young Guns
12/03 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom w/ Young Guns
12/04 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 w/ Young Guns
12/05 – Cardiff, UK @ Millennium Music Hall w/ Young Guns
12/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (Basement)
12/07 – Exeter, UK @ Cavern
12/08 – Bournemouth @ Ibar
12/09 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ Forum
12/10 – Kingston, UK @ Fighting Cocks

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Review: The Swellers – Ups and Downsizing

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