For real reals, the Swellers are about to hit it big.
After a recent stint on the Four Year Strong/Set Your Goals "Gig Life" tour, the Swellers got some well-deserved recognition from pop-punk hot shots Paramore, who invited the pop-core quartet on the road with them and Paper Route for their fall tour. The hits just keep on coming for the Flint, Michigan punkers; only a month and a half ago, the band announced they'd been signed by Fueled by Ramen and will be dropping a brand-spanking-new album, Ups and Downsizing, on Sept. 29.
Now, they've released the first song from the new album on their MySpace, and I've gotta say it lives up to my expectations and then some.
"Fire Away" is laden with pop-hooks, briefly abandoning the band's need-for-speed for a well-rounded, tight, anthematic feel that still captures the sound that has propelled the Swellers to where they are today. I'm hoping the entire album metaphorically reflects the well-roundedness of "Fire Away," where, in true pop-punk fashion, we'll be able to hear a spattering of fast punk beats, heavier driving drums...and maybe even an interlude slow-down here and there.
After the "Gig Life" show at a certain Chicago venue I'll leave nameless (*ahem* -- you know who you are, and so do my readers), I had a chance to catch up with Swellers frontman Nick Diener, who shared my enthusiasm about the band's recent success following some major setbacks. Looks like the Swellers are going to be around for awhile, so you might as well jump on the roller coaster now. There's no where to go but up.
"Abandon ship. Fend for yourself. You’ve got that sinking feeling and nothing else."
- The Swellers, "Fire Away"