The Swellers latest, Ups & Downsizing, is another album I missed out on in 2009. I only picked up on it now because Rocksound has just featured them as Band Of The Month in April’s issue.
- Fire Away
- Welcome Back Riders
- Feet First
- Do You Feel Better Yet?
- Ups And Downsizing
- The Iron
- Watch It Go
Absolute Punk – http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1338321
Alternative Press – http://altpress.com/reviews/upsanddownsizing.htm
Punk News – http://www.punknews.org/review/8690
- This Time Next Year
- Much The Same
- The Wonder Years
- Broadway Calls
- Polar Bear Club
- Half Hearted Hero
- Such Gold
- This Is A Standoff
- Living With Lions
@Website – http://theswellers.com/
@Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/theswellers
@Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/theswellers
@Twitter – http://twitter.com/theswellers
@Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_swellers
Bands = Awesome!! (Well if you managed to get into see Alexisonfire before they had finished)
Venue Management/Door Security = FAIL!
Ok. Here’s the deal. We arrived outside the venue around 7.15 pm, and Alexisonfire came on at 8.10 pm (from what I understand). By the time we worked out which of the 3 queues we were supposed to be in and then queued for what seemed to be an ‘age’, an hour must have passed, as I got in around 8.20 pm. The hold up seemed to be that security were doing quite time consuming (slow) pat-downs on everyone entering the venue.
However, because of the policy of separate pat-downs and bag searches for males and females and the fact that there seemed to be one female security person, it took my wife a further 20 minutes to get into the hall. Bear in mind that Alexisonfire finished up their set at around 9.00 pm. To top it all no attempt was made speed up the women’s queue despite the lack of any men’s queue at one point.
I really felt for one young woman who had just arrived as the ‘house lights’ went on. She asked me who the band was who had just finished as she had been queuing outside, and was close to tears when I told her that the band she had just missed was Alexisonfire. Not surprisingly she had specifically come to see them.
As I said before, both bands were awesome, and they are blameless in the matter. But, the venue management, get your act together!!! Please!!!
Anyway, rant over. Well for the moment. Hey, I’m from the UK, what do you expect. But, I think it’s catching….
So for all the fans out there, here is a couple of videos by said bands.
- Alexisonfire: We Are The Ocean, Dance Gavin Dance, A Day to Remember, Emarosa, Underoath, The Ghost of a Thousand, Funeral For A Friend, Chiodos, Cancer Bats, Saosin.
- Billy Talent: Pezz (Billy Talent’s original name), Rise Against, Sum 41, Anti-Flag.
We’ve just been to see The Runaways movie at the cinema. So, now I am back in front of the computer I could not resist tracking down some live clips of The Runaways in action.
Here they are in Japan, doing Queens Of Noise.
I also found a couple of clips of The Runaways, sans Cherie , with Joan singing on the BBC’s OGWT (Old Grey Whistle Test).
Here they are with Wasted.
Same show, with School Daze.