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.