The punk-rockers of SWMRS had to cancel their remaining tour dates this year after their guitarist was injured in a car accident.
The band took to social media earlier today to share the news. The group was on a drive from Oakland to Denver when guitarist Max Becker and two members of their traveling crew hit a patch of black ice, which caused them to lose control of the van. The three were transported to a nearby hospital in Wyoming to seek treatment and while they’ll all be O.K., the band had to call-off the remaining tour dates while Becker recovers.
“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,” SWMRS said in a statement. “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.”
The group, which released their sophomore record Berkeley’s On Fire in February, consists of Becker and his brother Cole, drummer Joey Armstrong, and bassist Seb Mueller. They were touring in support of the new music and were set to make stops in Vancouver, Eugene, and Tempe before the end of the year. Additionally, the group was slated to open for Matt and Kim in Boise, Portland, and Seattle, as well as The 1975 in Grand Prairie, Texas. It is unknown at this time if these gigs will be rescheduled.
Check out the cancelled tour dates below.
SWMRS Cancelled Tour Dates 2019
October 31 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory (Matt & Kim)
November 1 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (Matt & Kim)
November 2 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo (Matt & Kim)
November 4 — Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
November 5 — Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall
November 14 — Tempe, AZ @ ASU 365 Community Union
November 27 — Grand Prairie, TX @ The Theatre at Grand Prairie