MUSE - Simulation Theory World Tour  w/ SWMRS
MUSE - Simulation Theory World Tour w/ SWMRS

The Simulation Theory World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party,powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory. Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more. Muse Enhanced Experience and Premium Ticket Bundle details are available at

Muse is Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme. Their upcoming album Simulation Theory will be released on November 9th. Their last studio album, Drones, was released in June 2015 and debuted at number one in 21 countries around the world including their first number one album in the United States. The album went on to win the Grammy Award, their second, for Best Rock Album in February 2016. Since forming in 1994, Muse have released seven studio albums, selling over 20 million albums worldwide.

Widely recognized as one of the best live bands in the world, Muse have won numerous music awards including two Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, five MTV Europe Music Awards, two Brit Awards, ten NME Awards and seven Q Awards, amongst others.

About SWMRS:

Within the opening bars of SWMRS second LP comes a sea change. You think you're in familiar rockterritory with the Oakland-formed quartet when suddenly an electronic beat kicks in that throws you for aloop. The same thing happens throughout the tentracks that make upBerkeley'sOnFire--the band'smost urgent, electrifying and groundbreaking record to date. "We started having conversations about howto make something brand new within the genre of rock," says co-frontmanand songwriter Cole Becker."That's what we talked about every single day.

"One of rock music's biggest challenges is overcoming the understanding that it's a genre heavily indebtedto its own sense of history. Cole, alongside bandmates Max Becker (guitar, vocals), Joey Armstrong(drums) and Seb Mueller (bass), found that in fragmenting and deconstructing that history, there is newterritory to be won and something brand new to be carved. "We have such a deep love for rock music,"says Max. When the Becker brothers were growing up and first heard the Ramones and The Clash theyheard authenticity and rawness. "It had so much potential to change the way people think and feel." Overthe past decade, rock has become a dirty word for a variety of reasons, conjuring images of out of touch,unoriginal nostalgia. SWMRS want to reclaim the word, make it cool again. After all, the childhoodfriends have invested their whole lives in the art form, having started playing shows in their local BayArea at the ripe age of13.

In 2016, SWMRS put out their first recordDriveNorththemselves on their own imprint, Uncool Records.The DIY move paid off in spades with acclaim from Rolling Stone, Noisey, Nylon and Billboard. Theybecame the first unsigned band to perform on TheLate Late Show With James Corden (also their latenight debut) and their music reached as far as Paris Fashion Week on the Saint Laurent runway. Afterinternational headline tours and festival appearances the band signed with Fueled By Ramen who re-issuedthe record.

In Spring of 2018, the Oakland band drove south to Los Angeles to work with envelope-pushing producerRich Costey (MUSE, At The Drive In, Death Cab for Cutie). Over two months they pushed and pulled theideas they'd been working on since their last record, resulting in something you've never before heardfrom SWMRS--or any contemporary punk band for that matter. Costey took a sledgehammer to anypreconceptions about what the foursome should or could be creating. Genres be-damned, sonic limitationsout the window, this was an exercise in grand experimentation, and has more in common with the fun,experimental ethos behind Beastie Boys, Rage Against The Machine, De La Soul,or '90s Bay Area Hyphyrap music than it does any of the band's prior peers. The diversity is indicative of a generation reared onstreaming services. SWMRS make music as they consume it--hyperactively.

"There was so much more attention to detail," recalls Cole, on the levels of perfectionism. A drum soundcould take two weeks to find. Rather than it being a stressful endeavour, they were grateful for the time asthey recycled past sounds to build this new pastiche that flits from pop rock ('Too Much Coffee') andbreakbeat ('Lose Lose Lose') to emo punk ('April In Houston')and jangly power pop ('Trashbag Baby')."Everyone talks about rock being dead. That's totally bullshit," says Max. "We've only hit the tip of theiceberg."

After watching their hometown get engulfed in a media frenzy over a riot in 2017, SWMRS felt that itappropriate to call the recordBerkeley'sOnFire. At a time when fire possesses so much vivid and painfulimagery for Californians, SWMRS want to document the fears of their generation while emboldening thehope that a new world with optimistic possibilities might emerge from the ashes. Sick, like most youngpeople, of being told that they are incapable of changing the world around them, SWMRS carry a torchfor the idea that there is a future to fight for.

Overall, it's a record about urgency during a time when the pressure is on the youth to carry America--and the world--forward. "When you travel around the world trying to communicate with people your own age you find really wild anonymous things in common," says Max. "We all want the same thing. Theworld is smaller than you think." The process of writing it in itself helped Max and Cole get over theirown anxieties. 'April In Houston' is the most introspective the louder, more aggressively toned Cole hasever been. In 'Too Much Coffee,' Max documents his own struggles to get to a place of self-acceptanceand its eventual conclusion, teaching him to trust in his own voice. For long-standing fans 'TrashbagBaby' is a particular treat; the first time both Beckers share vocals on a song. "I had been letting this songsit. The riff was cool but the vocal wasn't as cool. What would make it as cool? Cole!," shares Max. It's arepresentation of how the pair have helped each other through their individual problems.

The band are chomping at the bit to feed the new material to their fanbase, with whom they have animmediate connection with via social media. It's a symbiotic relationship, where SWMRS learn as muchfrom their audience's perspectives as their fans do from them. As for the lack of trendiness surroundingguitar-based music, the guys couldn't care less. They're encouraged by the freedom that offers them to tryall manner of things. "This is somewhat of an experimental gamble," says Max. "I'm tired of being boredby what I hear," offers Cole. Through touring it they hope to create not just a safe space, but a welcomingcommunity for anyone to feel love for one another and to express themselves to their fullest potential. "Iwant to give people the feeling I got when I went to my first punk rock show," says Cole. "Floating abovethe world, feeling alive."



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