The Swellers… still rockin’ like it’s 1999.

When Much the Same broke up in 2007, I was convinced that there wasn’t anyone left to bear the “punk rock” banner.  It’s been more than 15 years since the punk rock explosion I remember from my youth (check out www.onenineninefour.com and tell me that doesn’t pique your interest!) and, as I’ve said before in this blog, I know the scene’s different these days.  Still, I miss those big shout-out-loud choruses and fast, palm-muted verses!

Oh, what’s a 26-year-old dinosaur like me to do?  I guess listen to old No Use For A Name and Pennywise records until…

I picked up the Sweller’s newest album Ups and Downsizing last fall.  Throaty (yet melodic) vocals?  Check.  Double-time drum beat?  Check.  Hooks that hit you like a ballistic missile?  Check.  Ding Ding Ding!  Folks, we have a winner.

Tell me this song doesn’t make you want to go to a show and get crushed against the stage barriers or drink some Yoo-hoo from a paper cup.  Fortunately for us, the Swellers are playing the Van’s Warped Tour all summer long (or at least the first half)!

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