SWMRS ANNOUNCE WEST COAST
CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH
MELISSA BROOKS AND THE AQUADOLLS
DEBUT ALBUM DRIVE NORTH
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW
Photo Credit: Alice Baxley
OAKLAND, CA – November 17, 2015 – Bay Area quartet SWMRS have announced a co-headlining West Coast tour with So-Cal’s Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls. “The Aquatic Reference Overkill Tour” will kick off in Santa Ana, CA on January 13th, 2016 and wrap in Fresno, CA on January 24th, 2016. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available HERE.
Earlier this month, SWMRS announced that their debut album Drive North is due for release on February 12th, 2016 via Uncool Records. The album is available for preorder HERE. Noisey broke the news and premiered the band’s new single “Figuring it Out,” praising the track as a “poppy foot-tapper filled with skate-gang vocals.” Listen to it below.
Recorded in the band’s hometown of Oakland, CA, Drive North was produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper. The album will feature previously released tracks “Miley” and “Uncool.” i-D Magazine premiered “Miley” in September, praising the song as “the most punk tribute to Miley Cyrus ever.” The band’s DIY music video for the track can be seen here.
The album will also feature an abridged version of “Harry Dean,” a previously 17-minute epic the band originally recorded to soundtrack Saint Laurent Paris’s Spring/Summer 2016 presentation. Having discovered SWMRS during their blistering performance at Burgerama IV, Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane shot portraits of the band before commissioning a piece of music and asking members of the band to walk in his Paris runway show.
In September, SWMRS wrapped a US tour supporting Wavves and Twin Peaks. Praising the band’s energetic Seattle performance, tastemaker independent radio station KEXP offered, “Part pop punk, part ruthless west coast surf, SWMRS are just what the kids need, and we’ll be seeing them again real soon.” A complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.
|January 13, 2016||Santana Ana, CA||Constellation Room|
|January 14, 2016||Tempe, AZ||FiftyOne West|
|January 15, 2016||Flagstaff, AZ||The Hive|
|January 17, 2016||Reno, NV||PB & J’s|
|January 18, 2016||Bend, OR||Domino Room|
|January 19, 2016||Seattle, WA||Chop Suey|
|January 20, 2016||Portland, OR||Hawthorne Theatre|
|January 21, 2016||San Francisco, CA||DNA Lounge|
|January 22, 2016||Santa Cruz, CA||The Catalyst|
|January 23, 2016||Santa Barbara, CA||Funzone|
|January 24, 2016||Fresno, CA||Strummer’s|
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.