Dug through some old pictures and found this one of the first time The Swellers were on the front page of PunkNews.org. I was geeked for them. Also, note that I was using MySpace and Livejournal.
Man, good thing they didn’t sign to Nitro Records…that label is terrible.

Dug through some old pictures and found this one of the first time The Swellers were on the front page of PunkNews.org. I was geeked for them. Also, note that I was using MySpace and Livejournal.

Man, good thing they didn’t sign to Nitro Records…that label is terrible.


Music Videos: Empty Orchestra: “The Audience”


Empty Orchestra Flint, MI’s Empty Orchestra have released a music video for their song, “The Audience,” from their upcoming record One More Time, All Together Now… The album is due out on September 18, 2012.

via Punknews.org (http://pnkn.ws/Q2MPaP)

On the Punknews tumblr! Deserves a re-blog.

Stop what you’re doing right now.  Did you stop?  Really?  Okay, good.  Now watch this video from Empty Orchestra.  While you’re at it, you should go download their new LP for FREE here.  It’s really good, you’ll probably really enjoy it.  Make sure to come out to the record release show when they play the very first Flint Local 432 promoted show in downtown Flint on December 2nd.  More info will be available via the Flint Local 432 Facebook page.

Our stream today comes from Flint, MI-based Empty Orchestra. We’ve got a stream of the band’s new full length, One More Time, All Together Now. The record is free right now for download but is also headed for a physical release via Paper and Plastick

You can check it out on their Punknews.org Profile

This is really cool to see yet another band from Flint featured on an international news source for punk rock and other DIY music.  If you’re from Flint, you should be really proud that these guys live in the same town.

The Swellers are streaming their new album, Good For Me. The record is due outJune 14, 2011 on Fueled By Ramen Records

Check it out (via a Like) on their Facebook Profile. 

Click the above link to check the story out.  Great work, guys!

Small Brown Bike continues to slowly leak tracks from their long-awaited new LP Fell & Found, due out April 26, 2011 via No Idea Records

These guys are long-time friends of the Local and a great Michigan band.  Can’t wait for this new record. 

Small Brown Bike - Rescue Mission by Big Cheese Magazine

We’ve [Punk News] got an exclusive statement from the (former) members of Screeching Weasel. The letter was signed by Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin, Justin Perkins, and Drew Fredrichsen:

The un-calculated act put forth by Ben “Weasel” Foster leading up to and including the violence that erupted on stage is seen by the band as shameful and embarrassing. The sentiments and actions expressed were completely out of our control and in no way represent the band members’ view points or moral compasses. As a result, the band has discussed at length and has come to the conclusion that as a group we will not likely be able to muster the dignity to attempt a live performance as “Screeching Weasel” in the for-seeable future. We each look forward to re-evaluating our involvement in the band as we move forward if we are given the opportunity.

Wow, I REALLY should have given my $20 to Danny Vapid instead!

The Swellers: A Flint Band to be Proud of

The Swellers, formed in 2002 by brothers Nick and Jonathan Diener, have long been a staple in the Flint music scene.  For the last 8 years, the Swellers have been working extremely hard to make it by as full-time musicians.  Since 2006, the band has consistently been on tour around the United States, Europe, and even Japan.  With breaks as short as only a few weeks off the road, they’ve become a symbol of the hard-working band.  For a group as young as the Swellers, their accomplishments are extensive.   They’ve released three LP albums, two of which on independent Ann Arbor based label Search and Rescue Records, and their most recent “Ups and Downsizing" on Fueled By Ramen, a major independent punk rock label.   Now among the ranks of other established Fueled By Ramen acts such as Paramore and Panic at the Disco, the Swellers find themselves quickly expanding across the globe.  In addition, the Swellers are consistently featured on the front pages of music sites like Punknews.org and Absolutepunk.net, as well as nationally published magazines like AMP, Alternative Press, and even Spin.

Despite the new found fame,  the Swellers maintain humility in what they do and rarely forget their roots.  ”Ups and Downsizing" highlights several topics close to the Dieners, including the story of their own family experiencing the financial and emotional burden of unemployment when their parents were forced to move across the country for work.  Despite their own personal setbacks, the Swellers epitomize the self-made band.  They show us that If you put your nose to the grindstone as musicians, with the right people and the right support, you can go far despite the changing musical landscape in the age of piracy and internet stimulus overload.

With several U.S. tours and multiple major European tours, the Swellers have had the opportunity to play along side several established punk rock bands like Bad Religion, AFI, Strike Anywhere, Against Me!, Motion City Soundtrack, the Flatliners, Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream, the Bouncing Souls, Only Crime, Less Than Jake (With whom Nick filled in on bass for one of their tours), and several other established acts.  On top of it, the Swellers have consistently played the hugely successful music festival, the Fest, in Gainesville, FL on an annual basis.

With so much under their belts, the Swellers rarely forget their humble beginnings with the Flint Local 432.  Both Jonathan and Nick were consistent volunteers for the venue.  Nick developed his skills as a sound engineer and producer with Mark Michalik, a former 432 sound engineer who recorded and produced several Flint bands in addition the Swellers.  The Diener brothers both worked at the venue in various other roles in regard to club operation.  It was the Local that helped set the band for future success.  The Local was where they learned the tricks of the trade, networked with veteran musicians in Flint, helped contribute to various local charities through benefit shows, and ultimately developed their work ethic that has continued to put miles on their odometer.  It goes to show that if you give a little, you can get a whole lot in return.  Without the Local, countless other bands like the Swellers would never have had the opportunity to play songs about teenage angst to to 20 some teenagers and young adults.

The Swellers are a shining example of how any band, with enough passion, talent, and drive can go from playing Misfits covers on a small stage in Flint, Michigan to a major national act.  2011 holds no boundaries for these guys as they continue to develop new material and line up additional shows around the country and world.

If you’re from the Flint area and if you’re not proud of these guys, then you really have no reason.

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