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My Everest

The Swellers

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Album Review

The debut full-length by young quartet the Swellers is a decent but naggingly monochromatic slab of no-frills pop-punk. Sounding for all the world like a band with no influences that predate Green Day's Kerplunk, this fresh-faced Michigan foursome never deviates from its chosen path: one dozen brief, speedy slices of melodic punk tunes with clean vocals and catchy riffs, guaranteed to be lapped up by the younger brothers of those who loved blink-182 and Yellowcard. The only problem is that singer/guitarist Nick Diener and his drummer brother Jonathan Diener, the listed co-writers of all 12 songs, have perhaps too limited an artistic vision: taken one at a time, songs like "Clean Slate" and "Rain Check" are super-catchy three-minute pop-punk tunes that sound tailor-made for summers at the beach and the skate park. But listen to all of them in a row, without even a nod toward a power ballad or a hardcore pisstake to break things up, and My Everest starts getting slightly dull by the end.

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Another main review written by someone trying to sound smart.

"Kerplunk"? Really? Dude, have you even heard that album?

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The next Set Your Goals

Do you like Fast Guitar driven, yet melodic and catchy music??? if Yes then BUY this ALBUM!!

So you havent heard of this band? neither had I till they opened for Less than Jake in Detroit back in March of 2009, I'm happy to say that of the three other bands that performed after them, only LTJ put on a better show. But even with that, I was still a bit skeptical, after all, some bands are great live but the recorded stuff leaves a bit to be desired- thankfully, thats NOT the case with the Swellers. If your into fast, guitar driven, yet melodic music that will leave you wanting to sing along, my everest is for you. This album strikes me in the same vein as some of my other favorites- pulley, Ten foot pole, and Pennywise among others. With all the "scene" bands and different things going on right now in punk, its refreshing to see newer bands like the Swellers come along with blisteringly fast, yet melodic tracks that will leave you wanting more and singing along for days on end. And for all you Flint michigan natives, check out the song Vehicle City-this one's aimed right for you, after all, The Swellers are from there. Another must listen is the track "bottles" which has been stuck in my head since march (its now september) Great album from an up and coming band, make sure you check em out and catch em live when they come to your town, you won't be dissapointed!

Biography

Formed: June, 2002 in Fenton, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Swellers are a straightforward skatepunk band with some pop elements, very much in the tradition of NOFX, Bad Religion, and No Use for a Name. The group's core trio — singer/guitarist Nick Diener, bassist Nate Lamberts, and drummer Jonathan Diener — formed in the small town of Fenton, MI, in the summer of 2002. Following a pair of self-released albums, 2002's Long and Hard and 2003's End of Discussion, the trio recorded a full-length debut named Beginning of the End Again and signed...
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