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SWMRS dropped “Berkeley’s On Fire,” the first taste of their new album back in August. Now, the band are releasing the second track titled “April In Houston.”

Both tracks will appear on their upcoming album Berkeley’s On Fire, which the band announced will be out Feb. 15 via Fueled By Ramen.

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The new track amplifies the band’s existing indie-garage sound with melodic tunes and choruses. Along with the new song is a video featuring co-frontman Cole Becker dragging around a chair through the city.

Becker directed the music video along with Jarod Taber and his sister Marki Becker. SWMRS collaborated with producer Rich Costey (Muse, Death Cab For Cutie) to get the experimental new sound heard in “April In Houston.”

With Berkeley’s On Fire, SWMRS hope to create a safe space for people wanting to escape negativity in media.

“When we were writing these songs, we were very conscious of our role in creating a space for people to escape from the nonstop negative media cycle,” Becker says. “It’s a strange time to be young; our generation knows the duality of feeling like an unstoppable force for change in one moment and a powerless wreck in the next.”

While the band wanted to create a safe space free of negativity, Becker says the band also wanted to document what it’s like to live in these times.

“We wanted these songs to document that feeling we’ve observed closely in ourselves in the people we’ve shared our music with over the past three years,” he says.

Preorders for Berkeley’s On Fire are available now with limited-edition merch bundles found here. You can check out “April In Houston” and the full tracklisting below.

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1. “Berkeley’s On Fire”

2. “Too Much Coffee”
3. “Trashbag Baby”
4. “Lose Lose Lose”
5. “April In Houston”
6. “Lonely Ghosts”
7. “IKEA Date”
8. “Hellboy”
9. “Bad Allergies”
10. “Steve Got Robbed”

SWMRS also kick off their European tour in February. General tickets are on sale this Friday, Nov. 30, and you can grab them here.


02/23 –– Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
02/25 – Milan, IT @ Santeria Social Club
02/27 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
02/28 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
03/01 – Prague, CZ @ Chapeau Rogue
03/02 – Vienna, AT @ Flex
03/04 – Munich, DE @ Strom
03/05 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
03/07 – Brussels, BE @ AB
03/08 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
03/09 – Amsterdam, HL @ Melkweg
03/11 – Birmingham, UK @ 02 Institute
03/12 – Glasgow, UK @ St Lukes
03/13 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
03/14 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
03/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom