Flint, Michigan natives The Swellers rip into their fourth LP (and No Sleep Records debut) with an opener that all but carries the definition of “pop-punk” on its back. The recently premiered “Should” is startlingly uplifting despite its defeatist attitude, and new track “Becoming Self-Aware” follows suit.
On creating “Becoming Self-Aware,” drummer Jonathan Diener tells peta2, “I did a couch surfing/soul searching week with my friends between tours. I was at a crossroads in my life, but one day I had nowhere to go, played my guitar in a park, and parts of songs I’ve had for a while came together. It turned into my favorite song on the new record.”
Aside from their reputation as genuinely nice guys with an unrelenting work ethic, the members of The Swellers have also won over peta2 with their compassion for animals. As a longtime vegan, vocalist Nick Diener tells peta2, “My goal in life is to reduce suffering in the world as much as I possibly can. Everybody owes it to themselves and the world to think about what they’re eating.”
“Do something proactive rather than just acknowledge and accept how everything is.” – Jonathan Diener
P.S. Check out The Swellers’ acoustic performance—along with videos from Defeater, Real Friends, Stick To Your Guns, and more—on the peta2 YouTube channel!