December 18, 2013


Roadie Playlist: The Swellers' Punk-Centric Mixtape

The Swellers have always had a knack for floating between genres. Even after they rose to prominence in the punk world following 2009's Ups and Downsizing, their sophomore LP and a near-masterpiece of Midwestern pop-punk, the Michigan quartet didn't seem content to stay in one spot. 

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This was evident on 2011's Good For Me, which leaned toward Weezer-esque alternative sounds, but the band's evolution shines brightest on their most recent studio LP, The Light Under Closed Doors. 

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The album, which just dropped in October via No Sleep Records, finds brothers Nick (guitar/vocals) and Jonathan Diener (drums) – The Swellers' core songwriters – straddling a fine line between grungy mid-'90s rock'n'roll and modern-day punk. The end result feels instantly nostalgic and familiar even though it's not an often-explored sound, and is simultaneously fitting for a freezing wintry night or a hot summer day.

Check out two songs from The Light Under Closed Doors in this week's Roadie Playlist, curated by The Swellers' Jonathan Diener. And tune into Warped Roadies tonight at 11/10C on Fuse to check out Swellers bassist Anto Boros get into a wrestling match with The Wonder Years' tour manager, John James Ryan! Find Fuse in your area using our Channel Finder.