6th October 2017, Californian pop-punk band SWMRS played a sold out show at the O2 Academy Islington. Walking onto a hazy lit stage, these boys wasted no time jumping straight into their biggest hits, giving the audience exactly what they needed that Friday night, a place to escape, a place to lose themselves in the music, and a place to celebrate being young. Forgotten were all the problems that these kids are facing today, in that hour-and-something-long set it was all about SWMRS.
“Rock and roll will not solve your problems, but it’ll help you figure them out!” yelled lead singer Cole Becker, who was met with a roar of approval from the audience. With just one album under their belts, SWMRS has accumulated an impressive and supportive fan base, who were eating up every moment of the gig and screaming for the next song the second one had finished. Mosh pits were formed throughout, a trait these lads are known for, and brothers Cole and Max Becker led the audience into a mass sing along, most notably seen during their hit tongue and cheek single Miley.
Before going into their last song the band took a step back and watched in complete awe at what they had created. That Friday night youth culture had taken a front seat, with complete strangers coming together and creating something beautiful, even thought provoking, proving once again that the kids of today will not be silenced.
With a last thank you the boys walked off stage, and the audience exited the venue, all with the same thought; maybe this gig won’t go down in history, but to those who were at the show, it’ll never be forgotten.