Within the opening bars of SWMRS second LP comes a sea change. You think you're in familiar rock territory with the Oakland-formed
quartet when suddenly an electronic beat kicks in that throws you for a loop. The same thing happens throughout the ten tracks
that make up Berkeley’s On Fire – the band's most urgent, electrifying and groundbreaking record to date. “We always talk
about how to make something brand new within the genre of rock,” says co-frontman and songwriter Cole Becker. Cole and bandmates
Max Becker (guitar, vocals), Joey Armstrong (drums), and Seb Mueller (bass) spent months deconstructing themselves, their
favorite records, and their own process to make this album. From the scraps of what they left behind, a new sound emerged.
In Spring of 2018, the band drove south to Los Angeles to work with envelope-pushing producer Rich Costey (MUSE, Death Cab
for Cutie) for an exercise in grand experimentation. Inspired in equal parts by
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, Rage Against The Machine, and De La Soul, the sonic diversity of the album is indicative of a generation reared on streaming
services. SWMRS make music the way they consume it, flitting easily from poprock to breakbeat-infused rock to emo punk, and
jangly power pop. Hyper-aware of the platform they have, SWMRS make music that documents their own feelings as well as the
fears and hopes of their generation. Using their shows to empower their fans to love themselves and protect their peers, the
band strives to contribute everything they can to the new progressive world emerging from the ashes of the old one. Berkeley’s
On Fire follows the band’s debut 2016 Drive North, which they self-released via their own Uncool Records before signing with
Fueled By Ramen after a slew of critical praise (Rolling Stone, Noisey, Nylon, Billboard) and international headline tours.