On June 24, 2002, brothers Nick and Jonathan Diener brought their friend Nate Lamberts from Grand Rapids, MI to Fenton, MI to jam. In the following days, The Swellers was formed and recorded a 3 song demo.
After a week, the band booked its first show at the Flint Local 432 in Flint, Michigan opening for the band Divit (Nitro Records).
After a few years of playing shows all over Michigan and eventually the Midwest, The Swellers recruited Nick Ondovcsik on 2nd guitar. After a short lived stint with the band, Ondovcsik left in order to pursue other musical interests, eventually forming the death metal band Ares Letum. In early 2005, Lamberts followed, leaving to pursue a college education. Close friends and fellow members of the Flint music scene at the time, Garrett Burgett and Lance Nelson, joined soon after on bass and guitar.
The band recorded “Beginning Of The End Again” in the spring of 2005 at Sentient Studios in Flint, MI. That summer the band signed to Search and Rescue Records and played a Midwestern/Canadian leg of the Vans Warped Tour.
Since the summer of 2006, The Swellers has been constantly touring the U.S. That same year, they signed to Japanese Label Radtone Music, and flew out to do a week of shows.
In November and December 2006, The Swellers went to the newly moved Sentient Studio in Chicago, Illinois to record their full length album, “My Everest”. The album was released on June 5, 2007 through Search and Rescue Records.
From the months of March 2008 to May, Lance and Garrett left the group before several large tours. Lance now sings and plays guitar in the band Deadtown. Garrett has continued with the band Fuckin’ Gnarly. The Swellers enlisted the guitarist of the fellow labelmates and now defunct act, Alucard (whose other guitarist recently joined A Wilhelm Scream), and close friend Brad Linden to fulfill the bass duties for several months.
Second guitar player Ryan Collins joined the band prior to the recording of Ups and Downsizing, and soon after, bassist Anto Boros, previously of the Canadian band, Sydney, joined The Swellers to round out the new lineup.
Their Fueled By Ramen debut, titled Ups and Downsizing, was recorded at Drasik Studios in Chicago, IL by Mark Michalik and was released on September 29, 2009. In support of the album, The Swellers toured as an opening act for Paramore’s ‘Brand New Eyes’ tour, which began on September 29, 2009.
The Swellers was an opening act for Less Than Jake on their Winter United States tour, along with street punk band, The Casualties. Throughout early 2010, The Swellers went on tour with Motion City Soundtrack for their My Dinosaur Life Tour.
The Swellers journeyed to Europe for the first time in 2010 and played the Give It A Name Festival in several countries, Groezrock in Belgium, then headlined the Give It A Name Introduces Tour in the UK with Anarbor and The Dangerous Summer.
From June 25 to July 17, 2010, The Swellers played Vans Warped Tour for the second time on the Ernie Ball Stage.
In March the band was named one of Shred News’s ‘Artists to watch in 2010’
The band supported Anti-Flag in October on the Vans Off The Wall Tour in Europe, flew home to play The Fest 9 in Gainesville, FL with The Suicide Machines, Strike Anywhere and A Wilhelm Scream. One month later the band went back overseas to support Young Guns.
In 2011, The Swellers joined Bayside, Silverstein, Polar Bear Club and Texas in July on the Take Action Tour.
It was announced April, 22nd 2011 through Alternative Press that the new album titled ‘Good For Me’ would be released on June 14, where one of the new tracks called “Best I Ever Had” could be streamed. April 2012 they announced their departure from the fueled by ramen label. They would release a 7” (vehichle city blues) at side one dummy records.