SWMRS + THE REGRETTES
5th October 2017
Surprise You’re Dead Music present:
Swmrs + The Regrettes
Thursday 5th October
Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
The California punk rockers SWMRS charge through bracing, hook-y songs off their debut, Drive North. SWMRS’ punk ethos is more Kathleen Hanna than Henry Rollins: As heard on Drive North, the subversion of patriarchy is part of what drives the band. They are a product of their respectively progressive upbringings in Oakland, where the young band members grew up loving riot grrrl and entrenched in feminist teachings. “I became aware at a pretty young age that I was benefiting too much from the patriarchy,” Becker, a current Berkeley student, explains. During their sold-out NYC show, he used his platform to encourage the band’s teenage, female fans to be the primary crowd surfers.
SWMRS rose from the ashes of teen-punk outfit Emily’s Army, a band they formed in middle school with assistance from drummer Joey Armstrong’s father – Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
Emily’s Army released two albums before changing their name and issuing 2015’s Miley/Uncool EP and this year’s Drive North with bassist Seb Mueller. “At the end of the day, we just wanted to start something new,” Max explains of the name change. “Emily’s Army was a pop-punk band and now we’re more of a modern rock & roll band.”