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Monday, September 3, 2007

"I've always been all over the lot in my writing. Except for poetry -- even though they say all the old-time sportswriters use plenty of it. Maybe it's just part of what we do."

--Frank DeFord, 2006

The Swellers rock with high-energy show

BLOODY-FINGERED GOOD: Nick Diener performs in the TSC. / Photo by Ben Hibshman

By Ben Hibshman

April 4, 2007 | It's common for guitarists to play so hard their fingers bleed. During the Independent Music Club's concert Monday night, Nick Diener of The Swellers proved it happens.

Punk-rock band The Swellers from Flint, Mich., delivered a high-energy set in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium.

The last time The Swellers played in Logan was about a year ago at Club NVO on Main Street.

The Swellers are on Search and Rescue records, which is based out of Michigan. They have played shows all over the world, including Japan.

"We are huge in Japan," said Lance Nelson, bassist of The Swellers. The band has played many sold-out shows in Tokyo.

The Swellers played a set full of songs from their latest album, The Beginning of the End Again, which can be purchased in stores and also on iTunes.

"The show was magical," said Diener. "We love how much energy people have in Logan."

Diener said he loves playing in Logan and he will make sure The Swellers always hit it on their tours.

"I would rather play for 50 people with a lot of energy, than for 150 people who are just there to look cool," said Diener.

Diener said he really enjoyed how intimate the show was.

The Swellers traveled in their van from Cheyenne, Wyo., all day Monday to play the show in Logan Monday night.

"This show was well worth the travel," said Nelson. "We feed off the crowd's energy and the crowd tonight helped us perform our best."

Other bands that played Monday included Alucard (Michigan), Ferocious Eagle (Oregon) and resident Logan band Bleary.

"The IMC is planning on setting up more shows like this one," Adam Brown co-president of the IMC, said.

On April 27, the IMC will have its end-of-year show in the TSC Walnut Room. Bands will include Self Against City, Over it, The Higher and the band Everybody Else. The show will start at 7 p.m. and will cost $5.

"We hope to get a lot of people out to this show," said Brown. "It's not every day you get bands like this to play in Logan."

The IMC say they are one of Utah State's best kept secrets and hope they aren't so much of a secret much longer.


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