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 onFebruary 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 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