SWMRS were formed by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong after being inspired by the film School of Rock. Surprisingly not by the fact that Joey’s father happens to be the lead singer of Green Day. Even though all of the band’s members are fairly young, they have certainly already made a name for themselves. SWMRS originally went by the name, Emily’s Army, until their 2015 performance at the Soundwave Festivals. After the performance they not only gave up the name, but decided to retire all of their old songs from their live set. In 2016, SWMRS were signed by Fueled By Ramen, arguably the biggest music label in all of pop-punk, featuring bands such as Fall Out Boy and Paramore. They have also done their fair share of touring including the Vans Warped Tour along with opening for Blink-182 Their latest album, Berkeley’s on Fire, was released earlier this month and continues to prove pop-punk is not dead!
SWMRS delivers an upbeat, unapologetic sound due to the bold lyrics and accelerated tempo on songs like “Trashbag Baby” and “Hellboy”. However, the Oakland pop-punk group doesn’t shy away from a softer toned, love song on tracks like “Miss Yer Kiss” and “IKEA Date”.