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The Swellers - Running Out Of Places To Go [EP] (Cover Artwork)

The Swellers

The Swellers: Running Out Of Places To Go [EP]Running Out Of Places To Go [EP] (2013)
No Sleep Records / Snowbird So

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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The Swellers have varied their sound from release to release and lately, it's been a tug of war between slow punk and their older, more fast-paced stuff. They've always been a band whose entire discography I've appreciated as they've always added their own spin on things, even when many fans conside.
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The Swellers have varied their sound from release to release and lately, it's been a tug of war between slow punk and their older, more fast-paced stuff. They've always been a band whose entire discography I've appreciated as they've always added their own spin on things, even when many fans considered them to be heading to a more generic path. This reissue of Running Out Of Places To Go defines how well they strike the balance and just how far they've come to building on an already-impressive resume.

"Hands" packs KO power here, not only because of how catchy it is, but because the band take it for a ride on the acoustic front too. The pop-punk trait never loses steam here and both songs are effortlessly, and brilliantly, pulled off. The upswinging, anthemic pop-punk sound is as clean and crisp as ever, with vocalist Nick Diener as polished as can be.

The fits of punk do come with a highly melodic influence, staying true to their past endeavors. "Let Me In" and "Bad For Me" shine out even more with Jonathan Diener's amazing work on the kit. His drums compound Nick's and Ryan Collins's guitar work as each tune finds its own distinct sound. The Swellers seem more lyric-oriented as of late and that's not a bad thing at all. Nick gets his chance to shine more as something more than an optimistic, upstart vocalist, and he plays off his strengths niftily.

While "Making Waves" just took the edge off the EP a bit, its strongest point ensues with the title track as the closer. There's a lot of impact and when an acoustic version of it is tossed in the mix, the EP really jumps out more. The Swellers' acoustic prowess is a nice additional touch, and their ability to deliver a fine, prominent splash of pop-punk, effectively and not in any boring fashion, drastically adds weight to why Running Out Of Places To Go works.

 

 
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KevinEleven (July 11, 2013)

I like these 5 songs as much as anything they've done.

BarleyPat (July 10, 2013)

Is there a point to the below edit, other than once again proving how you have no use to anybody on the planet and should end it all?

EchosMyron (July 10, 2013)

And here is a RENALDO'ed edit of the review, for people who don't have time to read through the whole thing:

"The Swellers have been. . . [in] a tug of war between slow punk and their older, more fast-paced stuff. They've always. . .added their own spin on things, even when many fans considered them to be heading to a more generic path. This reissue of Running Out Of Places To Go defines. . .how far they've come to building on an already-impressive resume.

"Hands" packs KO power here. . .because the band take it for a ride on the acoustic front. The pop-punk trait never loses steam. . .. The upswinging, anthemic pop-punk sound is as clean and crisp as ever.

The fits of punk do come with a highly melodic influence, staying true to their past endeavors. "Let Me In" and "Bad For Me" shine out even more with Jonathan Diener's amazing work on the kit. [E]ach tune finds its own distinct sound. The Swellers seem more lyric-oriented as of late. . . . Nick gets his chance to [niftily] shine more as something more than an optimistic, upstart vocalist.

"Making Waves" just took the edge off the EP a bit. There's a lot of impact and when an acoustic version of it is tossed in the mix, the EP really jumps out more. The Swellers' acoustic prowess is a nice additional touch. . . . [A] fine, prominent splash of pop-punk, effectively and not in any boring fashion, drastically adds weight to why Running Out Of Places To Go works.

EchosMyron (July 10, 2013)

This must be an abomination if it only got a 7 from RENALDO.

Babrook (July 9, 2013)

classic not punk

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