SWMRS Release New Single and Music Video "Berkeley's On Fire"



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Oakland, CA - August 17, 2018 - Bay Area rock quartet SWMRS today released their latest single "Berkeley's On Fire" via Fueled By Ramen. The track is available to stream and download now BELOW. The band also shared an accompanying music video for the clip directed by Stanley Kalu and Andrea Granera. Watch it BELOW

"I wrote this song about the very strange feeling of participating in what the television was calling a riot, but looking around and seeing things much differently," shared SWMRS frontman Cole Becker. "I wanted Stanley and Andrea to think about how we live in this dual world, where often what we see on screens feels more realistic than our actual lived experiences. The effectiveness of that duality, and it's perceived realness seemed to hang in the balance of how anxious we are about the future. While the video takes its jabs at the far right losers who showed up on campus that day to incite violence and infighting, we mostly tried to place the viewer in that same moment of being unsure of whether the world around you actually is falling apart, or if you're just tripping on your anxiety for the future."

SWMRS today also announced their third annual Uncool Halloween Festival will take place on October 27, 2018 at The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA. Spotlighting California's most exciting rock bands, this year's event will feature performances from SWMRS, Bleached, Mt. Eddy, Beach Goons, Destroy Boys, and Small Crush. Tickets for the show are available starting today at 10:00am PT BELOW.

SWMRS are currently on the road in UK and Europe and will appear at a number of international festivals throughout the fall. Next weekend the band will appear at Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information can be found BELOW.


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.

Tour dates:

Date City Venue
August 18 Sankt Polten, Austria FM4 FREQUENCY
August 20 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo
August 22 Weinheim, Germany Café Central
August 23 Charleville Mezieres, France Cabaret Vert
August 24 Reading, United Kingdom Reading Festival
August 25 Leeds, United Kingdom Leeds Festival
August 27 Southampton, United Kingdom The Joiners
August 28 London, United Kingdom Electrowerks
September 15 Del Mar, CA Kaboo
September 14-16 Chicago, IL Riotfest
October 27th Berkeley, CA UC Theatre/Uncool Halloween Festival
November 4 Long Beach, CA Tropicalia Fest
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August 17, 2018 5:00pm ET by BB Gun Press  

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