Episode 011: Jonathan Diener (The Swellers)


As drummer and half of the songwriting team behind The Swellers, Jonathan Diener’s punk proficiency has helped the Flint, Michigan quartet grow a cult following and tour with everyone from Paramore to Anti-Flag. Since 2002, the band has released four full-length albums and two EPs; their most recent release, 2013’s The Light Under Closed Doors finds the band at a crossroads in life, imbuing the music with a sense of urgency and desperation that made it one of the year’s best albums.

I caught up with Jonathan to talk about writing songs with his brother, how a would-be side project inspired their new album and why it’s best not to suppress your inspirations. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss a single episode of the stories behind your favorite songs. Thanks for listening!


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