Introducing Burger Record boys, Swimmers, the lads who are set to make a splash.
Swimmer’s Max Becker is between classes at San Luis Obispo in California right now. His brother has just started his first day at UC Berkley, the band’s drummer is about to start at the New School in Manhattan and their bass player goes to Tulane in New Orleans. Such separation would probably mean the end for some bands, but Swimmers have been playing together since they were 11: it takes more than a little distance to stop them.
In fact, Max tells me they’ve been getting more done now than when they were all at high school together. “We make it work which is kind of crazy, and we still have time to tour. Burgerama will mark the end of a weeklong tour down the West Coast promoting our new EP. It’s going to be our first release under our new band name.” Silver Bullet/Palm Trees is due out on 30 March and represents “a sort of more Burger-y sound” says Max before we both laugh at how legitimate a description that is. “It is. It’s funny. We didn’t try to sound like that. To me, Swimmers is like Burger mixed with the British bands I listen to at the beach … The Vaccines, The Drowners and Palma Violets … like grittier surf music.”
“This thing happens in Orange County every 20/30 years,” Max continues, “where all of a sudden live music becomes extremely popular and Burger, and FIDLAR, probably had something to do with this. All of a sudden all the kids were getting into 50s surf culture, not like bro-y 90s surf culture, and making this like this sweet melodic beautiful thing that Burger Records captured. All we heard for the first 10 years of being a band was “you guys missed the cool era,” with Burger you get to be a part of something.” It’s pretty clear than even though Swimmers’ new EP is not actually coming out on Burger Records; the band will always be a part of the label.
Talking openly about the bands they love seems to be something the Burger acts all have in common, as if the label inspires this honest camaraderie. Honesty, when talking about their trade, is one of the most refreshing things about Swimmers, and it’s what will ensure them loyal support in the coming years. “We didn’t want people to not be willing to see us because of their first impression [of us] online as this like pop-punk boy band,” admits Becker. We’ve got your back, guys.
Photographer: Eric Chakeen
Fashion Editor: Doria Santlofer
Words: Lauren Down