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Monday, December 11, 2017

Quinta del Sordo: @finnsmotel CD Release w/ #EdwardBurch #JohnEllis Sat. 12/16 @Schlafly Tap Room

Pop, rock, indie, alternative St. Louis, MO. act Finn's Motel will be releasing their new CD entitled "Quinta del Sordo". You can learn more at the meaning behind the title at the bottom of this feature. The show will take place on Saturday, December 16th at Schlafly Tap Room. It is a free show and is 21 and up. Appearing that night also are St. Louis friends and guests Edward Burch plus John Ellis. It appears that Edward will be joined by singer Toby Weiss (Jan's Project, The Remodels) and a couple additional musicians, as well. Visit the Facebook event page HERE for more details. Included below are links to the artists performing that evening and more about the new release.

- Finn's Motel:

Co-Produced By Matt Meyer of the Ded Bugs, owner of (IBC Shadows) & Joe Thebeau (Finn's Motel).

- Edward Burch:

Watch "One Way Ticket Home" on YouTube

Watch "Like Everytime" on YouTube

- John Ellis:

(No music available at this time.)


"Quinta del Sordo" was poduced by Matt Meyer and Joe Thebeau and recorded by Joe Thebeau and Matt Meyer. It was mixed by Matt Meyer, except "Still Got Time" was mixed by Joe Thebeau.
AD/DA conversion via BURL Mothership by Mario Viele at Cowboy Technical Services, Brooklyn NY. Mastered by Matt Meyer 

All songs written by Joe Thebeau [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)], except: 
What’s Truly Known” (Thebeau/Meyer) [Victory Over Gravity Music (ASCAP)/IBC Shadows Music (BMI)].

Finn's Motel is as follows:

Joe Thebeau – vocals and guitars 
Steve Scariano – bass guitar 
Patrick Hawley – drums and percussion 
Matt Meyer - supplemental guitars, backing vocals ("Halo's Glow"), string arrangements ("Sleep Well Tonight" and "Still Got Time"), and other sounds conjured via earthly sources.
Toby Weiss – backing vocals on “Halo’s Glow”.
Chris Grabau – guitars on “Sons of Saturn”.
Jenn Malzone – piano on “Simple Math”.
Eve Abaray – violin on “Quinta del Sordo,” voice over in Spanish as well as translation of poems.

String quartet on “Sleep Well Tonight:” 
Sarah Velasquez – violin 1 
Alyssa Avery – violin 2 
Joe Gutowski – viola 
Jake Brookman – cello 


The Quinta del Sordo (English: Villa of the Deaf), or Quinta de Goya, was the name of an extensive estate and country house situated on a hill in the old municipality of Carabanchelon the outskirts of Madrid. The house is best known as the home of Francisco de Goya in the years leading up to his exile, and where he painted the Black Paintings comprising fourteen murals. Contrary to popular belief, the estate was given its name due to the deafness of a prior owner, having nothing to do with Goya himself. The house was demolished in 1909.

S/T Debut: @OfSeaAndStone Is Now Available. The Duo Plays w/ @travelingones + @MtThelonious Fri. 1/26 @FoamSTL

Of Sea And Stone is an Americana style duo whose hometown is Columbia, MO. They currently reside in Austin, TX. They just released their self-titled debut album which is now available. On Friday, January 26th they will be in St. Louis for a show happening at Foam with The Traveling Ones from Nashville, TN. and  local support by Mt. Thelonius. It's an all-ages show going from 8:00 pm to midnight and costs $5.00. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Visit the artists online below and you will find more on each below their links.

- Of Sea And Stone: (CoMo, Americana)

Self-Titled Debut Now Available

- The Traveling Ones (Nashville, TN, Americana)

Mt. Thelonius: (STL, Modern Folk)


      Of Sea And Stone bio:

Of Sea and Stone is an emerging Americana duo known for their polished vocal harmonies and intimate songwriting. After meeting through Tinder, Luke and Morgan quickly realized their vocal chemistry and began performing together the following week. 

Of Sea and Stone's sound ranges from joyful to solemn, hopeful to desperate, and ultimately reflects the very nature of their relationship. The two are opposites in many ways, yet they share an inherent link. Much like their namesake, they’re always crashing into one another. Of Sea and Stone has shared the stage with several talented artists, including Judah and the Lion, Stephanie Rice of The Voice, Ships Have Sailed, and Mark Stokes.

Their latest project, soon to be released, was engineered and recorded at Dark Horse Studios with producer Billy Smiley in Franklin, TN. It was mixed by Richie Biggs, engineer of The Civil Wars’ albums, Barton Hollow and The Civil Wars. The album features guitarist Brad Rice (toured with Keith Urban), drummer Jared Kneale (toured with Kacey Musgraves, currently performing with Hunter Hayes), bassist Danny O’Lannerghty, and guitarist Brennan Smiley of The Technicolors. The album is scheduled for release December 1st, 2017 through Sony RED and Soundly Music of Nashville, TN

Recent Press:

"These two can only be described as folky, and create music that’s truly salt-of-the-earth in nature."
- Molly Shores
Shutter 16 Magazine

"[Of Sea and Stone] can be described as a transparent, harmonious indie-folk band with a homey, joyful spirit. Their diverse influences bring a variety of music genres in their songs. What sets them apart are the ever-constant harmonies created by Dierker and Manson."
- Huong Truong
MOVE Magazine

The Traveling Ones bio:

Nashville-based Americana band The Traveling Ones delivers soulful harmonies and sentimental blues-rock in its debut album, Meet Me There. Released February 3, 2017, the all-original project is a collaborative effort from two solo artists who – more than capable apart – come together to create something truly special.

With shared influences that span decades and genres (Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, The Black Crowes, The Beatles) the duo’s music is more about heart than labels or boundaries. Even so, it exhibits a consistently laid-back pattern of soulful blues-rock. “Like the sentimental ballads from Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, the Traveling One’s style of Americana is rich in harmony and full of character,” wrote Tour Worthy of the couple’s unique, earthy sound.

A metaphor for the two artists’ meeting and subsequent partnership, Meet Me There is reflective of the “unexpected nature of life and how we adapt to it,” according to Justin. Highlights of the heavily co-written album include “You Only Have to Break My Heart,” “Yours Tonight,” and the poignant “Red Lights.”



MT. THELONIOUS knew they wanted to pay tribute to their mutual influence, American jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Though their sound is rooted the sounds and melodies of indie folk, they share the values and inventive energy of their namesake. Mt. Thelonious’ shows are characterized by their originality, spirit, and flair for improvisation. Monk once wrote, “a note can be small as a pin or as big as the world, it depends on your imagination”—listening to the band’s unique sound, it’s clear that Mt. Thelonious has taken this to heart.

In 2013, the trio collaborated with Grammy Award nominated recording engineer Adam Long, and produced their self-titled debut album. Since then, Mt. Thelonious has embarked on several national tours, cultivating growing fan bases in a number of US cities.


The band has plenty of touchstones in the past, drawing heavily from folk, jazz, and rootsy, Americana traditions—yet what makes them truly unique is their ability to craft something new from these references while still evoking them. As Mt. Thelonious continues to tour and immerse themselves in America’s rich musical landscape, there’s no doubt their sound will only continue to expand and deepen.    

Click HERE for press quotes.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rock Duo @theyare68 @whoresbandatl @AlistairHenness w/ @Histories417 @stsmissouri Thurs. 12/14 @OutlandBallroom #SpringfieldMO

This Thursday, December 14th Queen City Productions presents rock duo '68 from Atlanta, GA. come to the Outland Ballroom in Springfield, MO. with Whores and Allistair Hennessey. Local support is being provided by Histories and Starving The South. The show starts at 7:30 pm. The cost is $15.00 in advance or $17.00 day of show. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below to visit the artists online and the latest with The '68.

- '68:  (Atlanta, GA.)

Genre: Rock

New Release "Two Parts Viper" :

- Whores: ( Atlanta, GA. )

Genre: Noise Rock, Sludge Punk.

Stream their latest release "Gold" ;

- Alistair Hennessey: (Minneapolis, MN.)

Genre: Heavy Indie Rock

New Release "The House We Grew Up In" :

- Histories: (Springfield, MO.)

Genre: Alternative, Rock

Check Out Their First LP "Victor Lu" :

- Starving The South: (Branson, MO.)

Genre: Hardcore, Rock

Check out thir latest album "Give Hell" :

                 Click Here To Watch
               “Eventually We All Win”

Two Parts Viper Available For Purchase Now via Cooking Vinyl:

If you thought Atlanta-based rock duo ‘68 would be taking a break for the holidays, think again. Due to high demand, ‘68 will be touring across the US for the remainder of 2017. The band kicked off their Fall headlining tour at Slidebar in Fullerton, CA on November 8th and were joined by will be prog-rock outfit Stolas and heavy indie-rock band Alistair Hennessey on it's first leg. On November 30th, ‘68 continued the second leg of the tour with co-headliners/noise rockers Whores. and support from Alistair Hennessey. For more information, please visit:

The two-piece recently released their video for "Eventually We All Win". The video, directed by ​​Oleg Rooz, is a montage of footage taken while on their headlining world tour earlier this year. “Eventually We All Win” has become a fan favorite since the release of their latest record and was noted as a top pick by Alternative Press and Exclaim! who asserted​​: “The two-minute flirt of a track will hook longtime fans with a taste of vintage Scogin, but offers enough novelty to compel first-timers, too.” Check it out, here:
Josh Scogin (The Chariot, Norma Jean) and bandmate Michael McClellan are known to channel everything from the intensity of At The Drive-In to Jack White-like vocals to a setup similar to The Black Keys. Together they released Two Parts Viper via Cooking Vinyl on June 2nd, 2017 to mass critical acclaim from several outlets including Alternative Press, Exclaim!, Paste Magazine, Rock Sound and Live Nation’s Bring The Noise. Alternative Press raved about ‘68, stating: “…Scogin and [McClellan] bring the noise in the most righteous ways, caring less about the scene they came up through, the bloodless drivel that passes as ‘indie’ and the boring earnestness currently permeating ‘punk’. Two Parts Viper is the best record of the year.” The 10-track record is available for purchase now on all major music services including Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify, here:

For updates on ‘68, please visit:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Road To #Pointfest2018 Begins Sat. Dec. 16th @popsrocks

It's that time of year where the "Road To Pointfest" begins at The Local Scene At Pop's. 105.7 FM The Point and Gaslight Studios present Session One of Road To Pointfest 2018. Session 1 is hosted by Cornbread from 105.7 The Point at Pop's Concert Venue.  The Local Show airs every Sunday night by Cornbread. HERE is a Spotify playlist of the majority of songs and artists played this year. All were included if their song or songs were on Spotify at the time when each show's playlist was released.Tickets for any Road To Pointfest show can be bought online or at the door, however keep in mind that you can get them from the bands by contacting them as they get credit for doing so. Posted below are the event details for Session 1, Round's 1, 2 and 3 concerts.

Session 1, Round 1 will take place on Saturday, December 16th. Name It Now, Sunset Over Houma, Mr. Wilson's Heroes, Pure October and ElmFriend will be performing.The doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. This is an all-ages show and will be finished by 11:30pm. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below for links to the artist's music and a brief description of each.

- Name It Now: (Warrenton, MO.)

Genre: Punk Rock

Stream "Name It Now!" On Spotify:

- Sunset Over Houma: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Rock

Status: Currently recording.

Mr. Wilson's Heroes: (Belleville, IL.)

Genre: Rock, Country, Alternative.

Watch "Over You" on YouTube :

Watch "Through Time" on YouTube:

- Pure October: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Pop Punk, Rock, Alternative.

- ElmFriend: (Mascoutah, IL.)

Genre: Punk, Alt. Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal

Status: Debut EP due out this month.


Session 1, Round 2 takes place Friday, Januuary 12th. Punch Out, Ties That Bind Us, Broken Youth, Eddie's MunstersAwayfromreason and special guests Skytown Riot will be on stage this time around. performing.The doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. This is an all-ages show and will be finished by 11:30pm. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below for links to the artists online with a short description of each.

- Punch Out: (Mascoutah, IL.)

Genre: 80's Heavy Metal, Neoclassical, Hard Rock.

Watch "Hit and Run" on YouTube:

Check out another live video on YouTube:

- Ties That Bind Us: (Quincy, IL.)

Genre: Rock

This video is by them live at Pop's:

- Broken Youth: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Nu Metal, Metalcore.

- Stream the band on Spotify:

- Eddie's Munsters: (St. Lou8s, MO.)

Genre: Alternative

Awayfromreason: (Steeleville, IL.)

Genre: Alternative Rock

- Skytown Riot: (Nashville, TN.)

Genre: Alt. Rock, Prog. Rock.


On Saturday, January 13th Session 1, Round 3 is also taking place. Apollo's Daughter, Shock The Junkie, The Skagbyrds, Toddler Fightclub and more acts are to be announced soon for this concert. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm. This is an all-ages show and will be finished by 11:30pm. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook.

- Apollo's Daughter: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop.

- Shock The Junkie: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Hard Rock, Grunge, Alternative.

The Skagbyrds: (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Rock

- Toddler Fight Club:  (St. Louis, MO.)

Genre: Rock, Metal

Watch "Intro/Burn The Witch":

Friday, December 8, 2017

#RBMU Spotlight On #DavidForaker - The Blues Fiddler

Blues fiddler Dave Foraker is a truly unique solo performer. You can find him sitting at the piano, telling stories, singing blues and standards at a piano bar or at an assisted-living  center. Maybe you might  see him with his "funky-white fiddle" along with a soulful voice working with some of Alton, Illinois' top musicians.

"Foraker's soulful voice, to me, reflects Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman. His "funky-white fiddle" mimics the style of the late Albert King."
- Occasionally Bluesletter

"In his 19 seasons of entertaining at the Biltmore Estate, Dave has proven to be a reliable and quite a crowd-pleaser."
- Hannah Parks, Biltmore Estate Special Events

- David Foraker "Blues Fiddler" :

- David Foraker & Bob Werner :

- Piasa Blues Project:

- True Blue Music 4 U :

Email David for booking inquiries or email list additions for upcoming events at:

davidforaker (AT) charter (DOT) net

River Bend Musicians Unite is considered the sister organization to Saint Louis Musicians Unite. Feel free to like the #RBMU Facebook fan page linked above for updates. Join the group page discussion on Facebook HERE and share your original music events in the Southern/Central Illinois areas.

The #STLMU2017 New Music Initiative Hosted By @STLMU : ( #STL #MUSIC + Beyond )

This year has been huge for new music in the Saint Louis, Missouri metropolitan area and beyond. With that being mentioned, it's not over yet. This is not your traditional end of the year post. It's meant to engage the listener and new music fans. It's about your favorites and what you are listening to. Maybe something new you discovered?

The three December 2017 new music releases posts do not roll out here until the beginning of 2018. However, this is where you come in. Use the #STLMU2017 hashtag or tag @STLMU with your favorite new release on Facebook or Twitter over the course of now to the end of January 2018. You can send you favorite anonymously by email to the address listed at the bottom of this article and by messaging the fan page on Facebook or the Twitter account if you prefer. It does not matter if your favorite album, single, etc. is in one of the new releases posts below. What does matter is that it came out this year from a original music artist in 2017 from either the state of Missouri or from the Southern/Central areas of the state of Illinois. Even if they are natives to the area and do not currently reside in the vicinity. After the deadline the results will be gathered and a post will be published with the results on all of your favorites.

River Bend Musicians Unite is considered the sister organization to Saint Louis Musicians Unite. Feel free to like the #RBMU Facebook fan page linked above for updates. Join the group page discussion on Facebook HERE and share your original music events in the Southern/Central Illinois areas.

Below is a break down of this year's new releases posts. Continue on below that for all of the newly introduced playlists you may not be aware of. Lastly, a site-map description of this site and how it works. Thank you for your interest and enjoy.


Note: From January to June of this year the initial format of new music posts here were combined using Bandcamp, SoundCloud and then YouTube together. Over time, artist, venue and media exclusives were also introduced. Due to increased volume, the releases had to be divided into three different post formats to accommodate. The idea has been to try and cover the state of Missouri and onto the Southern and Central parts of Illinois where possible.

The = symbol denotes a YouTube releases post with artist, venue & media exclusives.

The + symbol denotes a Bandcamp new releases post.

The x symbol denotes a SoundCloud new releases post.

The < symbol denotes a combined post of new music using multiple sites.

The - symbol denotes a YouTube playlist for that particular month.


New #STL #MUSIC posts 2017:

+ November 2017 Bandcamp Releases

x November 2017 SoundCloud Releases

= November 2017 YouTube Releases, Plus Artist, Venue & Media Exclusives

+ October 2017 Bandcamp Releases

x October 2017 SoundCloud Releases

= October 2017 YouTube Releases, Plus Artist, Venue & Media Exclusives

+ September 2017 Bandcamp Releases

x September 2017 SoundCloud Releases

= September 2017 YouTube Releases, Plus Artist, Venue & Media Exclusives

+ August 2017 Bandcamp New Releases

× August 2017 SoundCloud New Releases

- August 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist 

- August 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- August 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist

+ July 2017 New Bandcamp Releases

× July 2017 New SoundCloud Releases

- July 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist

- July 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- July 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist 

< June 2017 New Releases

- June 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist

- June 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- June 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist 

< May 2017 New Releases

- May 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist

- May 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- May 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist

< April 2017 New Releases

- April 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist

- April 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- April 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist

< March 2017 New Releases

- March 2017 YouTube Videos Playlist

- March 2017 YouTube Live Videos Playlist

- March 2017 YouTube New Music Playlist

< February 2017 New Releases

< January 2017 New Releases


* Newly Curated Playlists Unveiled In 2017:

- 14 Genre Specific Spotify Playlists:

1) #STL #MUSIC : #AvantGarde #NewAge

(Currently contains 1,964 songs.)


(Currently contains 4,155 songs.)


(Currently contains 2,254 songs.)


(Currently contains 1,784 songs.)


(Currently contains 1,366 songs.)


(Currently contains 3,240 songs.)


(Currently contains 1,852 songs.)


(Currently contains 4,415 songs.)


(Currently contains 6,383 songs.)


(Currently contains 1,418 songs.)

11) #STL #MUSIC : #POP

(Currently contains 1,830 songs.)

12) #STL #MUSIC : #RnB #SOUL

(Currently contains 2,725 songs.)


(Currently  contains 7,448 songs.)


(Currently contains 1,021 songs.)

-  5 New YouTube Video Vault Playlists:

1) #STL #MUSIC : Video Vault

(Currently contains 577 videos.)

2) #STL #MUSIC : Live Video Vault

(Currently contains 4,491 live videos.)

3) #STL #MUSIC : Jukebox

(Currently contains 652 songs.)

4) #STL #MUSIC : Documentaries & Interviews

(Currently contains 681 videos.)

5) #STL #MUSIC : Video Gold 60's - 90's

(Currently contains 433 videos.)


*STLMU Blog Site-Map Description:

Each section is either self-descriptive or has a introduction on the particular page.

1) Main Page With New Features.

2) STLMU Events Calendar.

3) Video Of The Week.

4) #STL #MUSIC Download Depot.

5) Power To The Tweeple.

6) Play It Forward.

7) About #STLMU.

8) Submit MP3's.

9) Little Black Book.

10)  #STL Promo Paradigm.

11) Artist Websites.

12) Musician Ads.

13) Resources.

14) Join Us.

15) STLMU Facebook Fan Page.

16) STLMU Twitter Account.

17) Wordpress Articles & Resources.

18) Reverbnation Fan Profile.

19) STLMU SoundCloud Account.

20) #STL #MUSIC Twitter List Feed.

Email any inquiries, information, press releases, etc. to the following address:

saintlouismusiciansunite (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

North American Co-Headlining Tour w/ @Interruptweets + @swmrs Joined By @regrettesband Fri. 12/15 @DelmarHallstl

This Friday, December 15th the punk, ska band from Los Angeles, CA. The Interrupters will be in the St. Louis area at Delmar Hall in University City, MO. Co-headlining the tour is the rock group SWMRS from Oakland, CA. The Regrettes are supporting the remaining dates of the current tour with SWMRS. They are a garage, pop act from Eagle Rock, CA. Tickets for the show are $16.00 in advance or $18.00 day of show. The event is all-ages and goes from 8:00 pm to 11:45 pm. The doors will open at 7:00 pm. Minors incur a $2.00 surcharge at the door. Visit HERE for the event details on Facebook. Continue on below to visit the artists online and to learn more on each artist.

The Interrupters: (L.A., CA, Punk, Ska)

Their New Record "Say It Out Loud" Is Now Available.

SWMRS: (Oakland, CA, Punk, Rock)

Their New Record "Drive North" Is Now Available.

The Regrettes: (E.R., CA, Garage, Pop)

Their Latest Album "Feel Your Feelings Fool" Is Now Available.


The Interrupters are an American ska punk band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2011. The band comprises Aimee Interrupter on lead vocals, Kevin Bivona on guitar, Justin Bivona on bass, and Jesse Bivona on drums.


The three Bivona brothers met Aimee Allen, a solo artist at the time, in 2009 while touring with their band Telacasters supporting The Dirty Heads and Sugar Ray. In 2011, Aimee and Kevin started writing songs together and brought Kevin's brothers, twins Jesse and Justin, in to play drums and bass. That led to the four forming The Interrupters.

Early years:

The band got an early start, touring with bands such as RancidThe TransplantsDevil's Brigade, and Left Alone; as well as playing the American music festival Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver, and the Canadian music festival Amnesia Rockfest, all before the release of their first record. They were frequently involved with Tim Armstrong's Tim Timebomb and Friends project, which saw the online-release of a song a day for an entire year. They were also members of the touring group.


- About SWMRS:

Oakland, CA Bay area rock band SWMRS previously  released a music video for the track "Drive North" off their their critically acclaimed debut album Drive North. "We wanted to critique Los Angeles with the same kind of holier-than-thou contempt that Anthony Fantano approaches his subjects with. It's cheeky and in good fun, but maybe it points out a few glaring issues with that city," offered singer/guitarist Cole Becker on the inspiration for the clip.The video, which was directed by Ryan Baxley (FIDLAR, The Front Bottoms, Bleached), can be seen HERE.

In conjunction with the video's release, the band has also shared an interactive map for "The Pin Drop". Fans can upload a photo via instagram using geo/location tags and the hashtag #DriveNorth to drop their pins on the SWMRS Drive North map. The map can be seen HERE.

SWMRS recently did a tour of Europe and the UK with support from The Regrettes. Currently the band is on on a North American co-headline tour with Los Angeles ska-punk band The Interrupters that kicked off on October 13 in Seattle, WA and will wrap on December 17th in Denver, CO. Sharp Shock provided support on the West coast leg of the tour, and The Regrettes are providing support on the tour's East coast leg. Next February, SWMRS will support Rise Against on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. A complete list of upcoming live dates and ticket information is available HERE

Last fall, Fueled By Ramen (home to Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, and many more) re-released SWMRS' debut album Drive North. The re-released version of the album includes re-mastered versions of the original release's 12 tracks and new songs "Lose It" and "Palm Trees". Drive North is available now digitally HERE and physically HERE.  

Praised for "defining the sound of now" in Rolling Stone's Best New Artists 2016 feature, SWMRS originally released Drive North in February via their own Uncool Records. Noisey announced the release and premiered the album's lead single "Figuring It Out" praising the track as a "poppy foot-tapper filled with skate-gang vocals."Nylon premiered the band's video for the track, which was directed by fellow Bay Area artist Kreayshawn. Watch it HERE. SWMRS made their network television debut, performing the song on CBS's The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper, Drive North also features the band's debut single "Miley" which i-D Magazine premiered last fall, hailing the song as "the most punk tribute to Miley Cyrus ever." The band's DIY music video for the track can be seen HERE. Album opener, "Harry Dean" is an abridged version of a previously 17-minute epic the band originally recorded to soundtrack Saint Laurent Paris's Spring/Summer 2016 presentation, earning them praise from fashion publications like WWD and Interview Magazine


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. Originally released on the band's own Uncool Records, Drive North was re-released by Fueled By Ramen in October 2016.

Perfectly imperfect - that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O - with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly - the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.

Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more. With nothing but demos available online, the group are already beginning to generate hype, from outlets like NPR, and with NYLON already heralding them them as a “punk act you should be listening to”.


- About The Regrettes:

From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.

A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”

The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament - writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it - I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one.”

First song, “A Living Human Girl,” best showcases the vulnerability of the group’s lyrics. Singing about a less than perfect complexion, a bra size that is considered smaller than most, and those little red bumps you get when you shave, The Regrettes aren’t afraid to embrace their imperfections. “Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not”, sings Lydia over 60’s inspired guitar riffs and a kicked back drum beat. “I don’t remember exactly what sparked it, but I remember when I wrote those lyrics, I was just really angry.”

“There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident,” she explains.

Lydia’s not afraid to have her feelings on display. “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you. No matter what, if people can relate to the music then it’s worth it. That’s what is cool for me.” And at the end of the day, isn’t that what punk music is all about?