The Swimmers

    Fighting Trees


    The members of Philadelphia’s Swimmer are good what they do, and that’s make straight-up middle-of-the-road indie music. (The band is even named after the John Cheever story and the movie it spawned, which is pretty indie in itself.) This genre has been around so long now that MOR can actually be a description, just as it is for its big brother "rock." The occasional harp on Fighting Trees fleshes out the classic indie sound. What’s most interesting about the album, though, is that Ryko/Warner is taking a chance by distributing a student-run label: MAD Dragon is based out of Drexel University. A new chapter in an old book of majors distributing indies to maintain cred.






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