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There’s never been a punk band like SWMRS. That’s probably because it’s too limiting to label the Oakland quartet, “a punk band.” You might initially detect the caustic broadsides of The Clash and the amphetamine bubblegum of the Ramones. But within the carefully penned lyrics, propulsive energy, and raw honesty, you can hear the echoes of Public Enemy and Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest to Kurt Cobain.

The band officially formed in early 2015, but their roots stretch back for years—to when Becker, and his childhood friend, Joey Armstrong (drums) began playing music together at 8 years old. They didn’t know how to play their instruments, but they’d seen School of Rock, and tabbed Cole’s brother Max to sing and play bass.

Originally released on the band’s own Uncool Records, Drive North was rereleased by Fueled By Ramen in October 2016. The new version of the album includes previously unreleased songs “Palm Trees” and “Lose It”.

SWMRS latest release, Drive North, was released in October of 2016 and is their third LP, but first with their new label Fueled By Ramen (Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Young The Giant). The album can be described as surf punk, or west coast punk, full of bright guitars and driving bass, but experiments with more pop and electronic sounds and production throughout.