The Swell Fellas – Placebo Song Review

Today we are featuring a thriving progressive rock band once again; THE SWELL FELLAS, from the USA. This time we have reviewed their exceptional song; Placebo, along with its character, style, story, potential and more.

The Swell Fellas is a very important name, a thriving progressive rock band I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about 6 months ago with an amazing song called; Realm, and featured them here on Metalhead Community. After a few months, they are back with another incredible song; Placebo, off from their latest single; The Great Play of Extension. The band has officially started their careers in 2019 with a single called; Shadow Man, followed with two more single releases; Realm and The Saga of Sir Goosenberry Jr. in the same year. After this super productive year in their careers, they haven’t slowed down even a bit in 2020, and released their first long-play album; The Big Grand Entrance, another new single; Acid Tone, and the latest single; The Great Play of Extensionwhich I have reviewed for you today. Now, please go ahead and give this incredible song a listen while reading the rest of the article.

I have spent my last four years listening to new bands, discovering new music, approaches, techniques, ideas, in other words, learning so many things about music and artists from all around the world. I think these years have been the most fruitful years of my life, where I have learned and improved myself more than I did up to that point. As you might also know that I am a person who is super excited about discovering innovative things by magnificent minds, especially in art. Listening to rock and metal music for about 20 years is giving you the ability to choose between good and bad, providing you the right glasses for the job just like in any other expertises such as wine tasting. You devour and consume every single thing that you have listened to all this time, and you get hungry for something fresh. As I have also mentioned above, I have discovered The Swell Fellas about a couple of months ago. And yes, I was quite impressed by their approach at that time. They were showing great potential with their instrumentation, toning, ideas, sentences, transitions, compositions, and so on. Seeing that they are back with another exciting work where none of the songs are less than 6 minutes long is quite surprising. The band is showing impressive consistency and work ethic that you don’t come across that often, especially with brilliant musicians such as these American gentlemen.

Placebo is a remarkable job. Plain and simple. We all have different reasons to like a song, I am aware of that. I’d like to talk about the actual greatness here for you to understand the reasons why, which begins with their discography as I have shared with you above. This, my friends, is what professionals expect from all up and coming bands. Writing great music alone is not enough to become a professional. In this example, The Swell Fellas has started their careers in 2019 with exceeding musical standards as a new band, and released 6 releases until today. Think about it.

The structure of Placebo has a delicious balance between simplicity and complexity. They have so many impressive psychedelic/atmospheric prog-rock vibes and elements in the making, yet mostly making the difference with their majestic instrumentation and toning. Furthermore, being experienced enough to get all these greatness into the tape is another story. This song is a production marvel. Hands down. Standards such as these you only see/hear from bands like Opeth, Devin Townsend, Dream Theater… On the other hand, the song has a super moody atmosphere that stays for you for some time, which is another key element in this brilliant outcome. Because most of the time progressive bands are writing incredible songs with amazing partitions, ideas, elements yet, in the end, you have absolutely nothing in your memory after listening to the whole song. And lastly, the most impressive thing about this song for me was the actual potential of it. Imagine a song that is exceptional when you listen to the record, and also incredible while performed live. Now, this is not only writing good music as you also understand, this is simply another level.


Technically, Placebo has exceptional standards as well. It sounds super atmospheric, moody, clear, very well handled, recorded, balanced, mixed, and in great harmony. As I have mentioned above, this is quite epic work as a whole.

When I take all these into account, I’d like to say that I was right about The Swell Fellas from the beginning. They are proving their worth every time they make a new release and I really think that they deserve to take place in the biggest festivals in the world.

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In conclusion, Metalhead Community Team congratulates THE SWELL FELLAS for their exceptional job in PLACEBO and wishes them the very best in their future careers. Thank you for reading.

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