SWMRS Announce West Coast Co-Headlining Tour with Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls







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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 HERENoisey 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 HERE

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 Magazinepremiered "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. 

The Aquatic Reference Overkill Tour

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.   




November 18, 2015 7:38am ET by BB Gun Press   Comments (0)

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