A sure sign that a band is getting bigger and better is when its songs start to evolve and every track on a release becomes an instant favorite, rather than just a handful. The Swellers, a four piece punk rock band from Flint, Mich., have reached that point in its musical career.
After releasing what most considered the group‚??s best album to date last year, ‚??Good For Me,‚?Ě The Swellers have self-released a 5-track EP titled ‚??Running Out of Places to Go.‚?Ě
Maybe it‚??s the lyrical angst in the opener ‚??Hands‚?Ě or how the group changes time signatures on the second track, ‚??Let Me In.‚?Ě Maybe, its the way each song makes you want to break out into a circle pit. Whatever it is, ‚??Running Out of Places to Go‚?Ě is a sure milestone for The Swellers.
The title-track is where the band truly shows how far it has come ‚?? in more ways than one. The track starts slow, grabbing attention, and builds up in true Swellers fashion. The lyrics on the other hand, seem to fit the band‚??s current state: grateful for the hard work paying off but exhausted from it as well.
The most impressive aspect of this new EP is the fact the group has taken a somewhat common sound, mastered it, and made it its own. It feels as if they kept these songs off of ‚??Good For Me‚?Ě to perfect them.
‚??Running Out of Places to Go‚?Ě has plenty to keep fans excited but leaves them wanting a full-length of more of these kinds of tunes soon.
The Swellers ‚??Running Out of Places to Go EP‚?? Rating: W W W W - Matt Morgis, Weekender Correspondent