After watching the movie School of Rock, singer/guitarist Cole Becker and drummer Joey Armstrong decided to start a group. Cole's brother, Max, joined later.
They were known as The Raining Souls and The Clocks, band names that were already claimed. Then they became Emily's Army in honor of Max and Cole's cousin Emily, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. Their goal was to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
Emily's Army released two albums, "Don't Be A Dick" ('11) and "Lost At Seventeen" ('13). Both were produced by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who was (you guessed it) Joey Armstrong's father.
There was another family connection. When bassist Sebastian Mueller missed a few shows in '15 due to college exams, he was replaced by Joey's brother, Jakob, for a few shows.
The Emily's Army moniker was eventually dropped in favor of Swimmers, which eventually became SWMRS.
The group's first album under the SWMRS banner was '16's "Drive North" which was produced by Zac Carper. The album contained the tracks "Miley" and "Uncool" which were featured on an earlier EP titled "Miley/Uncool." The set's lead single was "Figuring It Out."
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