Concert Review: SWMRS @ Live Music Hall, Cologne
The Californian punk band SWMRS has been touring Europe for almost a month now, supporting All Time Low and making new fans along the way. Their debut album “Drive North” was already released in March 2016 - independently at first, but after the band signed to Fueled by Ramen, they re-released the album again. It makes sense for them to tour the shit out of “Drive North” now to promote the record.
This past Monday, April 3rd, they played their first show in Germany on this tour which was also their first time to play in Cologne at the Live Music Hall since they started the band SWMRS. Most of the audience consisted of young teenage girls with All Time Low shirts, many of whom had been camping before the venue in order to get a good spot at the barricade. I was really curious how they would react to SWMRS!
On the next track called “BRB”, Max sang the lead vocals. Throughout the song he riled up the crowd who took the bait and happily clapped along. The guys definitely know how to engage the audience. From the moment they stepped onto the stage, they interacted with them, better than any support act I’ve seen before. Both Max and Cole alike asked the audience repeatedly how they were doing, pumped them up for the main act All Time Low and got them to jump or sing along to a few songs. Max made sure to repeat several times that SWMRS are from the East Bay, California which was a bit funny. My favorite part though, was Cole asking: “Do you understand me?...Yeah, right, your English is quite good.” Yes, Cole, we do learn English at school in Germany. It was kinda sweet though and according to the glazed eyes of some SWMRS fans besides me, they thought the same. Mission accomplished.
While Cole belted out the tracks “Silver Bullet”, “Miley” and the super catchy “D’You Have a Car”, Max took care of the slower songs “Turn up” and “Lose It”, both great songs with a laid back summer vibe to which his vocals fit very well. SWMRS have quite the weapon with those two completely different lead singers in combination with Joey’s frantic drums and Seb freaking out on his bass. I really hope the band keeps their refreshing diverse style! If the guys don’t screw it up, I foresee a bright future.
Max and Cole seem to be the “voice” of SWMRS since it’s usually them who meet the fans, take selfies with them, talk a bit and also do the bulk of press. Needless to say, I also took the chance to chat with the guys but won’t share any details here because I wasn’t officially interviewing them (that happened later, ha). But the guys are super happy on how the tour is going and can’t wait to come back for some headline shows. Even though the crowd was quite receptive, you could still feel that SWMRS were only the support act and most of the attendees bought their tickets to see All Time Low. According to the rumor mill, we can expect an announcement regarding some touring news soon, though!
Here's a photo of Max, me and Cole looking all sassy and cool.
Ah well, there’s an excuse for anything, right?! To dry my tears, I bought a SWMRS shirt with the “Drive North” album art into which I now weep every night while whispering “I hate LA”.
Written by Melissa Wilke
Are you missing a review of the All Time Low part of the show? Go HERE for a photo review of their set in Amsterdam!