The punk band from California helped get Friday morning at Leeds started off right.
In the world of punk rock, having the weight of the Armstrong name on your shoulders could anchor many a young band into a narrowly defined set of footsteps to follow. However, indie punks SWMRS proved that while they possess that self-same unmistakable stage presence, they also aren’t afraid to shatter any preconceptions anyone may have had based on their heritage.
Frontman Cole was impossible to miss, with his glimmering blue hair and stylised convulsions that somehow made him appear even more enigmatic! SWMRS clattered through an anarchic collection of tracks, epitomised by the infectious rabble-rouser ‘Berkeley Is On Fire’, which sent the crowd into waves of feverish excitement, citing SWMRS as purveyors of pure punk rock spitfire!
Far and away the highlight (narrowly beating the impassioned promise which preceded it to ‘kick those motherf*****s out’ in the case of sexual harassment in the crowd) was tongue-in-cheek number ‘Miley’, which built acoustic lines courtesy of a beautifully graffitied old guitar battered by Cole alongside grin-inducing lyrics praising the unapologetic tendencies of one Miley Cyrus.
What a way to blow away the cobwebs of 2018 and kick off this year’s festival in style!