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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: FueledByRamen
  • ASIN: B002LFPA2K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brothers Nick and Jonathan Diener started The Swellers as a trio in 2002. The group molded its sound—-a cross between classic punk and '90s rock-—at the Vehicle City’s local music incubator, the legendary Flint Local 432; an all-ages, volunteer-supported club. After cutting their teeth at "The Local" for a few years, the band hit the road to support their first release, a 2005 EP entitled "Beginning of The End Again". In 2007, the band released the critically acclaimed My Everest, their first full-length album. To record Ups and Downsizing, the Diener brothers were joined by new band members Ryan Collins and Anto Boros, solidifying the band's line-up.

In true punk tradition, Ups and Downsizing is the outraged cry of a band that has seen its world on the precipice. The album's title song, and much of the album, was inspired by what had been happening in Michigan long before the recession hit elsewhere-—dwindling jobs, people moving out of state, a bleak future—-and how it hit the Diener brothers at home.

Like so many of their fellow Fueled By Ramen artists, The Swellers have proven themselves to be an aggressive and hard-working live act. The band played nearly non-stop over the three years leading to this album's release, playing with the likes of Paramore, H2O, Motion City Soundtrack and Less Than Jake along the way, and gaining an army of fans and support from other bands with their reactive music and tireless work ethic.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
To my aging ears this new band (to me) owes lot to the likes of Green Day and Alkaline Trio with a distinct American version of punk. There is a definite melodic element to what they produce as well which is more pleasing to me than a lot of the "shouty" stuff that's out there (showing my age again!)

What these boys produce on this album is a set of fine songs which tell stories with energy and spirit. This means my 12 year old son (AC/DC, Metallica, Green day and Bon Jovi(!) fan) loves this album as indeed do I. Given the breaks they deserve to be succesful.

Genuinely enjoyable!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ma Bradford on 31 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Only just discovered this band and they are brilliant! Very fresh, melodic punk rock! Highly recommended :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What We've Been Waiting For 7 Oct 2009
By aefelds - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Finally. The Swellers from the Flint, Michigan area have delivered a Punk Rock TKO with their latest release "Ups and Downsizing." Released this past September on Fueled By Ramen. To date, The Swellers have released 3 LPs and an e.p.

We've been waiting for a while for an album like this. Melodic Punk with tight harmonies, catchy riffs and creative & crisp drumming. Put this all together with excellent production, the band staying true to their punk rock roots, continuous touring for the past few years, building an international fan base there is a new kid in town who can play with the big boys. The Swellers are on their way to Gold...It is just a matter of time. Title track: "Do you ever wonder was it worth it now?"

"Ups and Downsizing" Raw Punk Energy flows throughout the album, some pop-punk hear, some acoustic there make The Swellers arguably the best band on FBR now. Currently touring with the likes of powerhouse Paramore only emphasizes the impact and versatility of the band. The Swellers are in a league by themselves. Which in the Myspace and mp3 world we live in difficult to be unique. "Ups and Downsizing" is unique. It's new. It's not boring. It just delivers. You are able to hear a blend of bands like Rise Against, Less Than Jake, No Motiv, New Found Glory, The Stereo and Broadway Calls.

"Ups and Downsizing" clearly shows us one thing...That patience, hard work, dedication, talent and believing in what you do, many times pays off.
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Excellent Follow-Up 1 Oct 2009
By Jacob Brown - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My Everest was one of my favorite albums of 2007. I'm happy with this release as well. There is a bit of a style shift, but it works and it works well. The songs are catchy, full of emotion and the lyrical content is awesome as always. Moving to a new label, Fueled By Ramen may have been the perfect marketing move for The Swellers at this point in their career. Now they will get the exposure they deserve. Some of highlights include 2009, Fire Away, Do You Feel Better Yet and Stars.
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Glad they were signed to Fueled by Ramen 4 Oct 2009
By Brandon Kelley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
or i wouldn't have probably ever been exposed to them. This band is on the way to becoming huge rock stars! Can't wait to hear them live on tour with paramore in November!
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Slower than the rest 20 Jan 2010
By Joe - Published on
After thoroughly enjoying My Everest I couldn't help but being a little disappointed with this release. The songs are slower and less catchy. It isn't a bad CD by any means, just not their best.
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