The Swellers drummer Jono Diener is celebrating the band’s 10-year anniversary today by playing a special show in Flint, MI and writing an inspiring blog about his time with the group. Please be sure to check out Diener’s thoughts on the milestone by heading past the jump and get out to the show tonight.
“I’m writing this, at around 3am, because tomorrow we play potentially our biggest hometown show we’ve ever done. The reason it’s so important is because it’s not only our ten year anniversary show, but because after 6+ years of being closed it’s at the venue where we played our FIRST EVER SHOW and worked at for years (the Flint Local 432). We also have our current lineup, our three piece original lineup, and the My Everest era lineup with our friends Garrett and Lance playing together with us for a couple songs. Some we’ve kept in touch with, others we just rebuilt friendships like nothing ever happened. It’s a strange nostalgic summer and this all seems like the perfect storm.
The amount of support we’re getting from not only friends, but complete strangers, is overwhelming. We were never the “cool band” to like. We never won a Battle Of The Bands. We never fit in. We were always at the wrong place at the wrong time while the bands around us exploded. But you know what? We never gave up. We kept playing. We wrote what we wanted to write, did things the way we wanted to, and after a rollercoaster of a decade traveling the world, losing and gaining friends, screwing with relationships, and putting our blood, sweat and tears into the music… we’re still here.
We’ve sold the most pre-sale tickets we’ve ever sold for a Swellers headline show. We have our buddies from around town (and even the country to an extent) letting us know they’ll be there, not only because we’re friends, but because they believe in us. It’s cheesy to say, but people recognizing what we’ve been doing and the way we do it is such a relieving thing. We’ve been through so much and before the show even starts, we’re already celebrating. Reunited with old friends, band members, the venue itself, and all of this while having a brand new Flint, MI to be proud of and flaunt to the world. We want people to see how great downtown has gotten. When we first played the Flint Local 432 it was so scary for us being dropped off in a mini van and having our parents help us load in. Now we hang out in that alley almost daily. We go to Bearded Lady Records next to the venue then walk around the block to Consolidated Ink & Steel along with the respective Barbershop in the basement of the tattoo shop. Our friends are slowly taking over the town and it’s this amazing thing. I’m just so glad we can be part of all of it again.
I’m nervous and excited. This has been a large transition not only in the band’s life, but my personal life. I have a feeling this show is kind of closure for everything that’s been going on. We’ve put so much work into this and I can’t wait to play these songs, old and new, with the people who matter the most.
Thanks to all of our families, the people who let us sleep on their floor, the people who came to shows, anyone who ever listened to our music, Search And Rescue Records, Fueled By Ramen, Paper And Plastick, Team Science, SideOneDummy, SJC Drum Family, Ernie Ball, any band or company who believed in us before anyone else gave a shit… and you for reading this.
I can’t wait to show people we’re only getting started. 10 years is nothing.”