UPDATE: SWMRS Cancel North American Tour

SWMRS have canceled their remaining tour dates for their 2019 North American tour following a van accident.

UPDATE: Joey Armstrong posted an update about those involved in the crash and it seems they’re recovering well.

“Hey everyone, wanted to give you an update. Josh had a super successful surgery. Him and his mom should be home by the weekend. Natalie made it home today too! Max is still in icu with his family. Hopefully soon we get more info. doctors said he is extremely healthy and strong.

he even woke up for a bit and asked for tea, specifically ginger and turmeric. he has a long road ahead of him. a lot of healing and rehab but to no surprise he said “nobody would do rehab as good as I will do it.”

Read the entire update here.

On their way to Denver, vocalist/guitarist Max Becker along with two touring crew members, Natalie Somekh and Josh Berl, hit a patch of black ice and lost control of the vehicle.

All three were taken to a nearby hospital in Wyoming for treatment and Becker sustained an undisclosed injury that will need recovery time.

The band posted a statement on Instagram revealing the unfortunate news:

We regret to inform you that last night on the drive from Oakland to Denver, Max, Josh and Natalie encountered black ice on the road, causing them to lose control of the van. Thankfully, first responders were able to quickly get them to an incredible team of doctors in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Wyoming and everyone is going to be ok.

As a result, we are going to cancel all of our shows for the rest of 2019 to give them the time they need to recover.

Our brother Max is the strongest person in the world. He is our fearless leader. It’s going to be a long road to recovery, but we all know that if anyone can do it, Max can. We love you. Share some love with the people around you, and send all of your positive energy to Max, Josh and Natalie.

See the canceled dates below. SWMRS has a handful of UK shows scheduled for next year, which will go on as planned for now.

GENRE IS DEAD! wishes a speedy recovery to Becker, Somekh, and Berl.


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Canceled dates:

10/29 – Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre *
10/31 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory *
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *

11/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
11/05 – Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall
11/14 – Tempe, AZ @ ASU 365 Community Union (with tiLLie)
11/27 – Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre At Grand Prarie (with the 1975)

* with Matt & Kim


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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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