SWMRS: Keeping Punk Alive

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.

See tour dates here!


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All Poets & Heroes’ Emotional New Single

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 all poets and heroesis 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.

Check out the single this Friday 4/12!!

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Q&A With Cautious Clay!

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.”
To learn more about Cautious Clay, click here!

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Who You Need: Gia Woods

WHO: Gia Woods

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: Pop

TOP SONGS: “Heart Won’t Forget” and “Only a Girl”

Gia Woods is making her own rules, as we hear on her track “Jump The Fence.” She sings with a raspy sweetness, “I’ma jump the fence, won’t second guess, cause the way ya got me feelin’s, got me feeling dangerous.” Her sultry attitude draws you in at the start of every song. Her latest single, “New Girlfriend” features a light/groovier beat, read more below to find out the inspiration behind it!

What do you want people to feel while listening to “Jump the Fence”?  

“I want people to trust their own intuition more. I think a lot of times people get in their own way by always needing outside reassurance or acceptance. This is about overcoming that and doing whatever it is that makes you the most happy!”

What can fans expect from your debut EP? 

“I’m really focused on releasing tons of new music. So lots of singles and eventually an album or EP. But definitely new music every month! So you’ll have to stay tuned to find out!”

What’s your opinion on LGBTQ representation in music? 

“I like the fact that it is becoming way more widely accepted than any other time, and that so many talented artists have been brave enough to be open and vulnerable through their art. But I also just hope that people don’t treat sexuality as a new fad.”

Who are some of your current musical influences? 

“I’m always listening to different genres. But especially been listening to a lot of 80s and 90s music!”

Explain new single, “New Girlfriend” and how that song came to be? 

“This was an outside song that I had heard through my A&R. I fell in love with the topline as soon as I heard it, and I knew exactly how to make it my own so I booked a day with the writers and we tweaked the lyrics. Then I spent some time referencing production ideas with the producer and it all came together super naturally. It was an honor to work with people I truly respect! This is one of my favorite records that I was lucky enough to make mine.”

Learn more about Gia Woods, here!


 

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