If you haven’t heard of SWMRS, let me give you a glimpse into what it’s like to witness their insanely cool live show.
These Oakland, CA natives know how to throw a sick punk party. Starting off the show with their fun little tune, “Steve Got Robbed”, the crowd sang every word as the band took the stage ready to blow the roof off.
Four of the members played front and center with some huge guitar power, while the drummer (who is…of course…Billie Joe Armstrong’s son) kept the hard beats alive in the back.
Co-leader, Cole Becker flails around with Freddie Mercury-esque energy while wiping his sweaty bleach blonde hair out of his face and scream-shouting every harsh note. It’s easy to be entertained when Cole himself is such a show to watch.
They played several songs off their latest album, Berkeley’s On Fire, including “Lose, Lose, Lose,” “Trashbag Baby,” “Too Much Coffee,” and “Hellboy”. The band also performed the crowd favorite, and their 2015 hit, “Miley” while every tween shouted along.
Cole’s politically charged monologues spilled out throughout the set showing his support for the LGBTQ community, the Me Too movement, and how important it is to make a change in the world. “When you walked through the door, you joined a community. We gotta look out for eachother… and stop sexual assault.” He went on to motivate the crowd to stay hydrated and be safe; something not enough punk bands emphasize on.
The whole night felt like one big party full of pure fun. Not to mention, opening bands Destroy Boys and Beach Goons were fantastic starters to this hearty meal of music.
The latest track from indie/alt band, All Poets & Heroes proves to be just as powerful and rich as some of their earlier tracks (listen to 2017’s bubbly “Day Dreams“). “Life On The Line” feels like it could be featured in an early 2000’s indie film; cue the rainy window scene and black converse.
Lead singer Rob McCall embodies a young Rob Thomas as his voice echoes throughout the song building to a climactic bridge; probably one of the heaviest we’ve heard from AP&H. McCall says the song is about someone who has taken their own life. The narrator is portraying the rational side of the brain getting the final say. “When you’re having these thoughts there are two voices at war. The rational, normal voice and the irrational side that is normally louder in these moments, and pushes you toward the edge. In this story the irrational side won, all that’s left is the rational side saying ‘if you gave me just a few more minutes to get though to you then we would still be here.'” The song closes with the narrator leaving a message of hope to others fighting with the same issues. Rob says, “Find a way to pull through because you can always change what you don’t like tomorrow.”
Soft guitars and a steady drum beat compliment the heavy and emotional lyrics, something we’re used to hearing from the band but “Life On The Line” feels a little more special.
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Over the past year we’ve seen this Ohio native gain traction in the music scene. Complex said, “There’s something special about him, and he keeps revealing new layers to his creativity that continue to pull us in.” He even earned a guest appearance on John Mayer’s Instagram livestream show called Current Mood. Cautious Clay‘s latest release is a 6-track EP titled Table of Context.
Context feels honest and stays aligned with his other discography. Vocal harmonies and soulful melodies line each song like pouring honey in hot tea. “Settler’s Paradise” feels the most R&B while “Honest Enough” sounds like the standout song off the EP (in my opinion). The desk on the cover of the EP is the actual desk Cautious has written all of his music, it literally serves as his table of context.
Check out my short and sweet Q&A below:
“Honest Enough” feels raw and real. What inspired this track?
“My past relationships, or my last long term relationship inspired it. It felt like, in many ways, I was trying to keep it together without it necessarily being what was the best for both of us at the time. I’m almost telling myself that I was trying to be honest enough when in fact it wasn’t that way. I was trying to make excuses for something that wasn’t really working.”
How has your life changed in the past year due to the uphill success of your music?
“Occasionally getting recognized!”
What inspired you to include so many background vocals and harmonies in your music?
“I just love harmony and I think it’s really interesting sounding. I guess it’s my background in jazz and instrumental music.”
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
“A lot of interesting touring, music videos and some cool collaborations.”