Legend has it that the members of SWMRS decided to form a band after friends Cole Becker and Joey Armstrong watched Jack Black in the film “School of Rock.”
Becker and Armstrong were both 8 at the time, and there also was the slight problem that neither of them could play an instrument. But if you’ve seen “School of Rock” then you get it. The film celebrates the impulse to express oneself through the majesty of rock.
I’m sure that the SWMRS guys – who have developed into a much buzzed-about modern punk band indebted to groundbreakers like the Clash and the Ramones, as well as ‘90s-era heroes Nirvana and Weezer – are not the only kids who formed a band thanks in part to Black’s ebullient rock-worshipping character in the Richard Linklater-directed film.
Becker and Armstrong had a little bit of a head start – Armstrong’s father is Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day. (Younger Armstrong sibling Jakob is also a musician, performing under the name Jakob Danger.) SWMRS is intent on carving its own niche, however, and the only way to do that i is to tour, tour and tour some more.
The band’s latest effort, “Drive North,” is being supported by a tour pairing SWMRS with San Diego surf-punk trio the Frights. The bands will share a bill at 8 p.m. March 12 in the intimate Leopard Lounge at the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The show is an all ages event. Tickets are $10 to $12 (box office, Ticketfly).