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Bay Area quartet SWMRS have announced a US headlining tour with support from San Diego's The Frights.

Bandsintown announced the tour dates earlier this week alongside an interview with SWMRS singer Cole Becker.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available HERE.

SWMRS's debut album Drive North is due for release on Feb. 12 via Uncool Records.

The album is available for preorder HERE.

Noisey broke news of the release and premiered the band's new single "Figuring it Out," praising the track as a "poppy foot-tapper filled with skate-gang vocals."

Recorded in the band's hometown of Oakland, Calif., Drive North was produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper.

The album will feature previously released tracks "Miley" and "Uncool."

i-D Magazine premiered "Miley" in September, praising the song as "the most punk tribute to Miley Cyrus ever."

The band's DIY music video for the track can be seen HERE.

The album will also feature an abridged version of "Harry Dean," a previously 17-minute epic the band originally recorded to soundtrack Saint Laurent Paris's Spring/Summer 2016 presentation.

To celebrate the release of Drive North, SWMRS will host Uncool Fest: a two-night hometown release party at seminal Bay Area DIY space 924 Gilman on Feb. 5 and 6.

SWMRS will headline both nights of the event, performing alongside a hand-picked selection of bands including, The Frights, No Parents, Dog Party, and more.

A complete lineup and tickets for Uncool Fest can be found HERE.

Prior to hitting the road with The Frights in February, SWMRS will embark on a co-headlining tour of the West Coast with Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls.

The band will also help The Frights celebrate the release of their new album "You Are Going to Hate This," appearing at "You Are Going to Hate This Fest" in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 13 and Valentine's Day Rumble in Los Angeles, Calif. on Feb. 14.

A complete list of upcoming SWMRS tour dates can be found HERE.

SWMRS US Tour w/ The Frights
February 16, 2016 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
February 18, 2016 Three Links Dallas, TX
February 19, 2016 Mohawk Austin, TX
February 20, 2016 The Korova San Antonio, TX
February 21, 2016 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
February 22, 2016 Parish at House of Blues New Orleans, LA
February 24, 2016 The Local 662 St Petersburg, FL
February 26, 2016 Backbooth Orlando, FL
February 27, 2016 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL
February 28, 2016 The Masquerade - Purgatory Atlanta, GA
March 1, 2016   Shaka's Virginia Beach, VA
March 2, 2016  Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC
March 3, 2016  Studio @ Webster Hall New York, NY
March 4, 2016  The Fire Philadelphia, PA
March 5, 2016  Brighton Bar Long Branch, NJ
March 6, 2016  Middle East - Upstairs Cambridge, MA
March 9, 2016  La Sala Rossa Montreal, QUE
March 13, 2016 Majestic Cafe Detroit, MI
March 15, 2016 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
March 16, 2016 Now That's  Class Cleveland, OH
March 17, 2016 1st War at Chop Shop Chicago, IL
March 18, 2016 Firebird St Louis, MO
March 19, 2016 Lefty's Des Moines, IA
March 20, 2016 The Garage Burnsville, MN
March 21, 2016 Lookout Lounge Omaha, NE
March 22, 2016 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO
March 23, 2016 The Black Sheet Colorado Springs, CO

There's never been a punk band like SWMRS, the Oakland quartet that combines the caustic broadsides of The Clash, the amphetamine bubblegum of the Ramones, and the searing lyrics, propulsive energy, and raw honesty of Public Enemy, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest and Kurt Cobain. Formed after the dissolution of their previous band, Emily's Army, the childhood friends (Cole Becker, lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Max Becker, lead vocals, lead guitar; Joey Armstrong, drums, backing vocals; and Sebastian Mueller, bass, backing vocals) showcase telepathic chemistry on their formal debut, "Drive North." Produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR, it's suffused with coming of age jams, subversive anthems to Miley Cyrus, and a sense of freedom forged out of modern-day confusion. The guitars draw blood, the drums detonate, the voice is unique-the sound is timeless.

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