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SWMRS (pronounced as "Swimmers") is an American punk rock band formed in Oakland, California in 2004 by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong, with Cole's brother Max joining only a few weeks afterwards. They drew on a mix of influences ranging from the Beach Boys to the Ramones to create their own brand of rock and roll. The band added Travis Neumann in 2009, who later left in 2014 due to creative differences. The band released a demo and a string of EPs from 2008 to 2010. The band released their first album, Don't Be a Dick, on June 14, 2011. The band's second album, Lost at Seventeen, was released on June 11, 2013. Bassist Sebastian Mueller missed a few shows in 2015 due to college exams and was replaced by drummer Joey Armstrong's brother, Jakob Armstrong for a few shows. The band's third studio album and their first under the name SWMRS after dropping their former name, Drive North, was released February 12, 2016, via Uncool Records.
The band was formed by Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong after watching the movie School of Rock together in school. Cole's brother, Max Becker, later joined the band to play bass. They are known for being the youngest kids to play at 924 Gilman Street. The band was originally named The Raining Souls, but they briefly changed to The Clocks. After realizing there were already many bands with the same name, they changed it to Emily's Army in honor to Max's and Cole's cousin Emily, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and was diagnosed in 1998. Their goal was to raise money and create more awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. In 2008, they released a set of songs on their MySpace page under the album name This Kid. Although This Kid is not an official studio album, a few of these songs appeared throughout their career, including "Burn Apollo" that was re-recorded on their debut album, Queens being played live in 2012, and "I Need to Be Fixed" played live during Warped Tour 2012.
The band played many small shows and festivals in California during this time. In 2009 the band added guitarist Travis Neumann whose first appearance was on the band's 2009 EP, Goody Two Shoes. that was followed by the release of two more EPs, Broadcast This and Regan MacNeil. The band spent all of 2010 working and recording their first studio album with Billie Joe Armstrong. In 2011, the band released their first full-length album, Don't Be a Dick, on June 14 through Adeline Records. The album featured six re-recorded songs from their earlier releases. The album was Billie Joe Armstrong's first ever professionally produced album. The album was compared to Green Day's early work and had major punk influences. In support of the album the band went on a East and West Coast tour in 2011. In 2012 the band returned to touring, most notably on Warped Tour and a brief West Coast tour in late 2012.
In 2013, the band once again worked with producer Billie Joe Armstrong, on their upcoming record. Lost at Seventeen, was released on June 11, 2013 via Adeline Records and Rise Records. The band went on tour with Vans Warped Tour to support the album for the second time in their career. They also toured for the very first time in Great Britain. They played their final shows as Emily's Army during the Soundwave Festival in 2015 in Australia. Since soundwave 2015 the band has stopped playing material released before Swim in favor of playing new music.
In early 2014 the band started writing and recording new material. Travis Neumann officially left the band shortly after the release of their EP Swim, on July 18, 2014, consequently, bassist Sebastian Mueller joined the band while Max switched to lead guitar. In September 2014 the band officially changed their name to "Swimmers". Before this change was made, however, Swimmers was the name that the band used as a low key name for a small UK tour with Matt Grocott & The Shrives. The band released there first song as Swimmers, a cover of "Dancing on My Own", by Robyn in October 2014. The band announced that they would be releasing an EP, Silver Bullets/Palm Trees on March 30, 2015. In March 2015, the band announced that Silver Bullest/Palm Trees' release would be delayed and that Jakob Armstrong, brother of drummer Joey, would be filling in for bassist Seb Mueller who had to take college exams. Mueller was subsequently replaced by drummer Joey Armstrong's brother, Jakob Armstrong. On March 28, 2015 at Burgerama, bassist Seb Mueller returned to the band. The release of Silver Bullest/Palm Trees was eventually shelved.
The band entered the studio to record their third studio album in 2015.The album will be produced by Fidlar lead vocalist Zac Carper. On June 22, the band announced a September Tour along with Wavves and Twin Peaks. The band revealed that an album was coming March 2016, if not earlier. The band released four songs via Soundcloud in July 2015, two of which were uploaded by themselves, the other two, "Stink Eye", by Frankenshark—an early side-project that the band uses in live sets—and a leaked song, "Like Harry Dean Stanton".
The band announced that they will be releasing two songs Miley/Uncool, on September 8, 2015 on their own indie label Uncool Records. The EP's first single, "Miley", was released as a single on September 7, 2015. The band would also start stylizing their name as "SWMRS" (instead of "Swimmers") in August 2015. Physical copies of the EP where made available on the band's tour with Wavves. After the release of the EP, SWMRS received mainstream media coverage due to the song "Miley". The band announced their upcoming Drive North on November 6, 2015 and released single "Figuring It Out". The album is to be released on February 12, 2016 via Uncool Records.
Two songs were tweeted by the band as a soundcloud link under the name of Frankenshark. The songs were named TV Dinner and Stink Eye. Evidently, by the vocals on the tracks, it was the members of SWMRS. To date, Stink Eye, (later renamed "Tito, Don't Give Me Stink Eye") has been played live several times as SWMRS.
Matt Grocott & The Shrives
In 2014 two UK bands called Matt Grocott & The Shrives toured with Emily's Army. They booked these dates under the name "Swimmers" , conceiving the name for Emily's Army. It was later announced Joey Armstrong would feature on drums for Matt Grocott & The Shrives' first EP; "Turn Me On" after the band had visited him in California.
DDG is a band formed at school by Joey and Seb and a few friends. They released two EPs for free on Bandcamp "Fact Check"" and "A DDG Christmas". The Christmas record featured Max and Travis from Emily's Army on bass and rhythm guitar. It also featured a lead singer, which the first EP didn't have, Talya Swensen. Both EPs were released in 2013
SWMRS merchandise seller Tafia, known by his stage name "Black Demarco" released his first song through Uncool Records and Burger Records on Soundcloud on November 26, 2015. Drums were performed by Joey Armstrong while Guitar and Bass was done by Jakob Armstrong.
Drummer Joey Amstrong is the son of Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer and lead guitarist of punk rock band Green Day. Drummer Joey and his family released a limited EP as "The Boo" for a one time Christmas special. Joey played one gig with his father and Green Day guitarist Jason White called "Two and a Half Men" consisting mostly of Green Day covers. Seb and Joey played bass and drums on Jakob Armstrong's first demos released online in June 2015. Jakob later released the songs on cassette through Burger Records. Jakob currently performs with a full band under the name "Danger!".