March: Music You Need In Your Life

Who doesn’t need new music in their life? Here are some artists we have been playing on repeat that we think you need to hear!

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1. The Frights 


The Frights are a surf punk band from San Diego. They recently released their second album ‘You Are Going To Hate This’ -their album actually inspired our blog name lol-, in February.  When listening to their songs like ‘You Are Going To Hate This’ or  ‘All I Need’ you have the uncontrollable urge to just jump around in your room and scream the lyrics. The Frights aren’t just that in your face type of band, their songs like ‘Tungs’ or ‘Puppy Knuckles’ are melancholy yet undeniably soothing. With their head banging tunes and unique but equally amusing lyrics they will definitely be one of your favorite bands.   Check out their self-made music video for their song ‘Kids‘! We guarantee it will give you a laugh. Catch them on tour with SWMRS, shows are selling out!

2. Hidden Charms 

Hailing from London this alternative rock group create an authentic yet comfortably familiar sound. When listening to their single ‘Love You Cause You’re There’ you hear a range of influences from The Rolling Stones to The Black Keys; but what separates this band among the rest is their dreamy combination of melodies and distinctive lyrics. Check out their song ‘Love You Cause You’re There

3. Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in Llandudno, North Wales in 2007.  These hardworking Brits deserve all the buzz they are getting right now. They have the confidence and lyrical genius of Oasis and  the uptempo rock anthems produced by the Arctic Monkeys. Their debut album’The Balcony’ topped the charts in 2014 in the UK and soon enough won hearts of other fans around the world. Each song off ‘The Balcony’ has the potential of being a smashing hit. With their new single ‘Soundcheck‘ we instantly noticed the maturity and growth compared to their first album. Front-man Van McCann recently said, “The last album was the support act. This one is the headliner.” We have high hopes for their sophomore album! Believe us when we say this band is going to be massive in the coming year.

4. Drowners

If you’re a fan of The Smiths and The Strokes this band is basically their love child. Even though they do have similar sounds to those iconic bands they’re cynical yet all too familiar lyrics give them a sound and voice of their own. Drowners formed in New York back in 2011 and released their debut album in 2012. Last week they just released a new single called ‘Cruel Ways‘ for their new album ‘On Desire’. From the ear pleasing tunes and Matt Hitt’s soothing deep voice this song is a hit (Haha get it?).  Drowners definitely did not let us down with this brand new single.

5. Jakob Danger

Jakob Danger Armstrong is a young Oakland native and has a pretty badass middle name. He released his first song ‘Don’t Try‘ last year in June and then shared his EP ‘Jakob Danger’ back in October of 2015. Overall this EP brings good vibes and you’ll catch yourself singing along to one of his catchy tunes. If we had to describe Danger’s sound he would be a cross between The Strokes and The Drums, but don’t let that fool you because this band has already made a name for themselves and are continuing to impress not only their fans but major magazines like Rolling Stone and NME. For anyone in the Orange County/Los Angeles area don’t miss their show with SWMRS at Chain Reaction on 4-9-16.

6. Last Dinosaurs 

Last Dinosaurs are from Brisbane, Australia. Their debut album ‘In a Million Years’ was released back in 2012 and was very successful with Australian media critics. Just listening to their hit single ‘Honolulu‘  off their first album you feel this instant happiness. Everything about the album just screams good vibes and summer. In August of 2015 the guys released their second album ‘Wellness’. The songs off ‘Wellness’ have similar sounds from ‘In a Million Years’ but with more heartbreak lyrics that fans can relate to. With their upbeat tunes you almost forget that the lyrics are about relationships not working out. Last Dinosaurs are a perfect band to listen to on a beautiful sunny day at the beach or for just chilling in your room. They also recently released a beautifully done music video for their song ‘Wurl‘.

New Music: SWMRS

We want to dedicate our first ‘real’ post to a new and up-and-coming band that we feel will change the way you listen to music, so without further ado, here are SWMRS.


Hailing from Oakland, California, SWMRS- formerly known as Emily’s Army- have just came out with their debut album, Drive North. It is a mixture of head- banging tunes and empathetic strangeness that rallies any audience into belonging. Their title track, ‘Drive North,’ displays the bands’ devotion to The Bay and all its simplistic attributes through loud and raging vocals with similar musical backing. However, this album is nothing short of a variety; tracks like ‘Hannah’ and ‘Miss Yer Kiss’ highlight on infamous yet zealous teenage angst, brilliantly contradicted by mellow and subtle oddities. With such diversity, you are bound to find yourself within at least one of their massive songs.

We were lucky enough to go to the SWMRS’ record-release party on February 12th, and in simple terms it was FUCKING AMAZING! From start to finish you were embraced by their positive energy, friendliness, and infectious want for a good time. To the audience and our surprise, they played their album in its entirety. Each song was played with a fanatical maturity, sure to turn anyone into a fan.



SWMRS put on lively, vibrant, and raw shows that instantly incite a deeper connection between them and their fans, better described as their friends. There is no definite way to describe this all-encompassing band; you can’t put a label on them, and their music embodies that notion. Like their singles, we are all ‘uncool’ and still ‘figuring it out.’ Embracing who you are is the common thread throughout this album and provides a uniquely fulfilling listening experience, and dare I say even better live.  So do yourself a favor and go listen to the SWMRS’ debut album ‘Drive North,’ and if you get the chance, see them live on their headlining tour in a city or country nearest you.


Want find out more about SWMRS? Follow them on their social media!

Twitter: @swmrsca_

Instagram: @swmrs


Check out some interviews!

KROQ Interview

KFMA 102.1 Interview



Not much of a first post, but since this is a music blog, here is a new playlist of up and coming bands and some slightly older tunes you should already be listening to. Hope you enjoy, and expect to see a post within a week about one of our new favorite bands from Oakland, CA.


Corynne & Kayla

awesome tunes