Photo credit: Alice Baxley
OAKLAND, CA – November 16, 2016 – Bay Area quartet SWMRS today announced that they will support Grouplove on the next US leg of their Big Mess World Tour, which kicks off on January 30, 2017 in Knoxville, TN and wraps on February 17, 2017 in Lincoln, NE. Next March, the band will support All Time Low on a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland. SWMRS is currently on the road in the US supporting FIDLAR on their Too Much Tour, which wraps on November 22, 2016 in Englewood, CO.  A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found HERE.
Last month, Fueled By Ramen (home to Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, and many more) re-released SWMRS’ critically acclaimed debut album Drive North. The re-released version of the album includes re-mastered versions of the original release’s 12 tracks and new songs “Palm Trees” and “Lose It“. Drive North is available now digitally HERE and physically HERE.
SWMRS recently performed alongside Tove Lo and Anne-Marie on a special Halloween episode of Wonderland, MTV’s first weekly, live music series in almost 20 years. Their televised set features performances of current single “Palm Trees” and a blistering cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry“. The band’s extended set for MTV.com features fan favorites “BRB“, “Drive North“, and “Figuring It Out“.
Praised for “defining the sound of now” in Rolling Stone’s Best New Artists 2016 feature, SWMRS originally released Drive North in February via their own Uncool Records. Noisey announced the release and premiered the album’s lead single “Figuring It Out” praising the track as a “poppy foot-tapper filled with skate-gang vocals.” Nylon premiered the band’s video for the track, which was directed by fellow Bay Area artist Kreayshawn. Watch it HERE. SWMRS recently made their network television debut, performing the song on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper, Drive North also features the band’s debut single “Miley” which i-D Magazine premiered last fall, hailing the song as “the most punk tribute to Miley Cyrus ever.” The band’s DIY music video for the track can be seen HERE. Album opener, “Harry Dean” is an abridged version of a previously 17-minute epic the band originally recorded to soundtrack Saint Laurent Paris’s Spring/Summer 2016 presentation, earning them praise from fashion publications like WWD and Interview Magazine.
SWMRS Upcoming Live Dates
11/16/16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre#
11/17/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro#
11/18/16 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave#
11/19/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre#
11/20/16 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
11/22/16 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre#
1/30/17 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine+
1/31/17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel+
2/01/17 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom+
2/03/17 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore Charlotte+
2/04/17 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm+
2/06/17 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks+
2/07/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room+
2/09/17 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor+
2/10/17 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle+
2/11/17 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City+
2/14/17 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater+
2/15/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom+
2/17/17 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre+
3/10/17 – London, UK – Eventim Apollo*
3/11/17 – Cardiff, UK – University Great Hall*
3/13/17 – Southampton, UK – O2 Guildhall*
3/14/17 – Cambridge, UK – Corn Exchange*
3/15/17 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy*
3/16/17 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy*
3/18/17 – Liverpool, UK – Guild of Students*
3/19/17 – Belfast, UK – Ulster Hall*
3/20/17 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia*
3/22/17 – Bristol, UK – O2 Academy*
3/23/17 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
3/24/17 – Sheffield, UK – O2 Academy*
3/25/17 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – O2 Academy*
3/27/17 – Edinburgh, UK – Corn Exchange*
3/28/17 – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy*
3/30/17 – Norwich, UK – Nick Rayns LCR*
3/31/17 – London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy*
#supporting FIDLAR
+supporting Grouplove
*supporting All Time Low
“Punk’s progressive, pop-friendly saviors” Rolling Stone
“The band found the perfect formula for acid-washed riffing and catchy choruses that any punk, jaded or young, can fall in love with.” Noisey
“It seems like SWMRS is headed for icon status.” Nylon
“You seriously need to be listening.” Buzzfeed
Listen to Drive North
There’s never been a punk band like SWMRS, the Oakland quartet that combines the caustic broadsides of The Clash, the amphetamine bubblegum of the Ramones, and the searing lyrics, propulsive energy, and raw honesty of Public Enemy, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest and Kurt Cobain. Formed after the dissolution of their previous band, Emily’s Army, the childhood friends (Cole Becker, lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Max Becker, lead vocals, lead guitar; Joey Armstrong, drums, backing vocals; and Sebastian Mueller, bass, backing vocals) showcase telepathic chemistry on their formal debut, “Drive North.” Produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR, it’s suffused with coming of age jams, subversive anthems to Miley Cyrus, and a sense of freedom forged out of modern-day confusion. The guitars draw blood, the drums detonate, the voice is unique-the sound is timeless. Originally released on the band’s own Uncool Records, Drive North was re-released by Fueled By Ramen in October 2016.

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