SWMRS ‘Drive North’

After wrapping dates in California and festivals in the U.K., SWMRS launches the second leg of its North American tour. The jaunt kicks off in Canada in June.

The lads are young and that’s a good thing considering the energy one needs to play “44 shows in 50 days across 26 states and three Canadian provinces,” which they’ve already accomplished this year with more shows scheduled throughout the summer.

Photo: Alice Baxley

The pop-punk band is based in Oakland, Calif., and was formerly known as Emily’s Army under which they released two studio albums. SWMRS debut album Drive North dropped this year via Uncool Records. Fidlar frontman Zac Carper produced the work.

The quartet is made up of Cole Becker (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Max Becker (lead vocals/lead guitar), Sebastian Mueller (bass/backing vocals) and Joey Armstrong (drums/backing vocals). The drummer just happens to be the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

Also they landed at number one on Buzzfeed’s list of “17 Underrated Bands You Need To Be Listening to ASAP.”

May 13 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
May 14 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
May 20 – Brighton, United Kingdom, Various Venues (The Great Escape Festival)
May 27 – Manchester, United Kingdom, Various Venues (Dot To Dot)
May 28 – Bristol, United Kingdom, Various Venues (Dot To Dot)
May 29 – Nottingham, United Kingdom, Various Venues (Dot To Dot)
June 5 – Chula Vista, Calif., Sleep Train Amphitheatre (91X X-Fest)
June 17 – Calgary, Alberta, Broken City
June 18 – Edmonton, Alberta, Mercury Room Yeg
June 19 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Amigos Cantina
June 20 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pyramid Cabaret
June 22 – Toronto, Ontario, Smiling Buddha Bar
June 24 – Montebello, Quebec, Montebello Marina (Amnesia Rockfest)
June 26 – South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground
June 27 – Portland, Maine, Port City Music Hall
June 28 – Springfield, Maine, Iron Horse
June 29 – Providence, R.I., Fete Lounge
June 30 – Watertown, N.Y., The Flashback Lounge
July 1 – Syracuse, N.Y., Funk N’ Waffles
July 2 – Lancaster, Pa., Chameleon
July 3 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Stage AE
July 5 – Columbus, Ohio, Rumba Café
July 6 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart’s
July 7 – Louisville, Ky., Zanzabar
July 9 – Lawrence, Kan., The Bottleneck
July 10 – Fort Collins, Colo., Hodi’s Half Note
July 11 – Colorado Springs, Colo., Black Sheep
July 14 – Reno, Nev., PB&J’s
July 15 – Watsonville, Calif.,  Appleton Grill
July 16 – Ventura, Calif., Pierpont Beach (Surf Rodeo)
July 17 – Lancaster, Calif., Moose Lodge
Aug. 26 – Reading, United Kingdom, Richfield Avenue (Reading Festival)
Aug. 27 – Leeds, United Kingdom, Bramham Park (Leeds Festival)

Select dates are on sale now. Onsales for July 14-17 begin May 13. Visit SWMRS.com for more information.