From Jono Diener:
This final week has been so great. It was full of some of the big awesome cities and smaller markets that surprised the shit out of us with great shows. In Atlanta we met up with our good friend Ryan Russell and did an acoustic session for his series NERVOUS ENERGIES. He’s done a lot of great bands like Against Me, Lemuria, etc. Nick and I did acoustic versions of our songs “Inside My Head” and “Runaways” and based on the performance we think they were great, but maybe we’re just extremely cocky and they could sound horrible? Who knows. Well, we know. We’re great. That’s it. WANNA FIGHT ABOUT IT?
Charlotte and Norfolk were tied with confusing awesomeness after rarely ever playing either place. The crowds went nuts, a lot of kids knew the words and came up to us telling us they’ve been waiting for a Swellers show for a while. I love seeing touring actually help our band. We do it a lot, like 8-9 months out of the year a lot. It’s the best feeling doing well in places that used to be so hard for our band. The Norva in Norfolk, VA was a great place for tour bonding. The Title Fight guys got our tour manager Robert Cheeseman to play “point blank” with them, aka you run around a ping pong table and hit the ball to each other. If you miss, the person next to you throws a ping pong ball at you as hard as they can point blank range. The guys played for 30 minutes and looked like they had ringworm all over their backs. I don’t understand why they played, but I completely understand why I couldn’t stop watching.
After that we played a game of lightning at the INDOOR BASKETBALL COURT in the venue. If you didn’t have a childhood, it’s a game where a bunch of people lineup at the 3 point line, single file, then you have to try to make a basket before the person in front of you to get him/her out. It got really dirty pretty soon into the game, lots of balls slapped out of other’s hands, that’s what SHE SAID OH MY GODDDDDDDD and then I would’ve won if Tim the stupid merch guy for TItle Fight didn’t cheapskate me by hitting my ball down the court. F YOU DUDE. SERIOUSLY. Ok, I had to get that out. Need to calm down, you know? Andy from SHARKS was killing it. He’s a beautiful british baby and surprised everyone with his talent. Sometimes I think he’s from Led Zeppelin or the past or a prince of some sort.