A little over two weeks ago, SWMRS took to Instagram to reveal the accident Becker and two touring crew members, Natalie Somekh and Josh Berl, were involved in due to an encounter with a patch of black ice.
“We regret to inform you that last night on the drive from Oakland to Denver, Max, Josh and Natalie encountered black ice on the road, causing them to lose control of the van. Thankfully, first responders were able to quickly get them to an incredible team of doctors in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Wyoming, and everyone is going to be OK.
“As a result, we are going to cancel all of our shows for the rest of 2019 to give them the time they need to recover.
“Our brother Max is the strongest person in the world. He is our fearless leader. It’s going to be a long road to recovery, but we all know that if anyone can do it, Max can. We love you. Share some love with the people around you, and send all of your positive energy to Max, Josh, and Natalie”
Since then, the band have revealed that both Somekh and Berl have indeed gone home, while Becker has been transferred to a rehab facility. They’re encouraging fans to continue to flood Becker with letters to keep his spirits up.
so much love. let’s flood the mail box at the hospital. max needs and loves you all more than you can understand. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/mAaDldnmJ6
— SWMRS (@swmrs) November 4, 2019
Last night, SWMRS updated fans with Becker’s condition via Twitter. You can read the full statement below.
“We wanted to take a moment to let you know how grateful we are for your outpouring of love & support. The accident two weeks ago shook all of us & our families to the core. And although Max will heal from these injuries, he’s has a long, hard road ahead.
“In addition to breaking both shoulders, bruising his lung & fracturing vertebrae, his biggest challenge will be recovering from the traumatic brain injury. While currently assisted with a wheelchair, he is working everyday on regaining his strength and ability to walk. There was truly a guardian light that night, one that we will forever be thankful for.
“P.S. All your letters, postcards & tea bring him warmth & sunshine everyday. Please keep it coming. The musical community- has blown us away. Thank you. Forever yours.”
— SWMRS (@swmrs) November 13, 2019
The band were scheduled to perform a handful of dates with Matt & Kim as well as additional stops with the 1975 and tiLLie, but as stated above, they will no longer be performing in the remainder of 2019.
SWMRS have a few upcoming dates in the U.K. next year, which as of now are still scheduled. You can find a list of those here and a full list of canceled ones below.
We’re wishing Max a speedy recovery. You can continue to send him get-well wishes, postcards and other mail at the address listed below:
3425 S Clarkson St.
Englewood, CO 80113
10/29 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre *
10/31 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
11/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
11/05 – Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ ASU 365 Community Union (with tiLLie)
11/27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre At Grand Prarie (with the 1975)
* with Matt & Kim