From the perpetually down-on-its-luck, blue collar, rustbelt factory town of Flint, Michigan, comes THE SWELLERS, a punk band that knows a thing or two about making hard, no-nonsense, but infinitely catchy music. Following in the footsteps of other Flintites who've made their name on the world stage—film provocateur Michael Moore, ’70s hard rock pioneers Grand Funk Railroad, ’80s grindcore/deathmetal pioneers Repulsion, and the late rapper M.C. Breed—The Swellers have forged a hard-edged, yet accessible style of punk over the better part of a decade, the last three years of which have been spent touring non-stop with the likes of Paramore, Less Than Jake, Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, A Wilhelm Scream and Streetlight Manifesto, among numerous others. Now, with Ups and Downsizing, the Flint-area four piece manages to expound on the rollercoaster of life they’ve experienced on the road and in that perpetual hard-luck area just north of Detroit while refining the poppy punk sound they've been honing since their mid-teens. In true punk tradition, Ups and Downsizing is the outraged cry of a band that has seen its world on the precipice. It’s also the sound of a band that sees hope in the most hopeless of situations.