Citing everyone from De La Soul to Nirvana as influences, forward-thinking garage-rockers SWMRS will release their new album, Drive North, on February 12th. FIDLAR’s Zac Carper produced the record, which seethes with teenage angst and is driven by the powerful drumming of Joey Armstrong, son of Green Day’s Billie Joe. Listen to it below.
“I like to think our sound is very modernist, because it was born out of us having every type of music at our fingertips, a luxury that is distinct to our generation,” says singer Cole Becker. “It has all the raw emotional energy of teenage power pop with the subwoofing low end of your favorite hip-hop albums.
“Zac Carper from FIDLAR is without a doubt a genius in the studio and help us synthesize a sound that’s all our own. It came at a cost, though – his idiosyncrasies played out in various forms of corporal punishment at times. Without going into too much detail, I can tell you that he kept a paddle on hand and that Max [Becker, bass] is still in therapy for related reasons.”
Drive North is available for preorder on iTunes now. The band will embark on a massive U.S. headlining tour on February 16th.