Drive North is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band SWMRS. It was released February 12, 2016 through Uncool Records. It was re-released on October 13, 2016 through Fueled by Ramen.
Drive North is the third studio album by SWMRS and the first under their new name. It is the first to feature bassist, Seb Mueller and Max Becker on guitar, who previously played bass. The album was also the first to not be produced by Green Day member, Billie Joe Armstrong.
The album began being recorded in mid-2015 with Zac Carper of LA skate punk band, FIDLAR as the producer. The eleventh track, Silver Bullet was released as the album's first single on February 5, 2015. It was originally meant to be part of the band's cancelled EP titled, Silver Bullet/Palm Trees. The second single, Harry Dean, was released on July 1, 2015 as a cut-down version of the previously seventeen minute long song that was made for the Saint Laurent Original Soundtrack.
Miley, a tribute to the famous American artist, Miley Cyrus and Uncool were originally released on September 8, 2015 as part of the Miley/Uncool EP, and Miley was made the third single of the album. With the band's official announcement of the album on November 7, 2015, came the album's fourth single, Figuring It Out. Finally, Drive North was released as the fifth and final single on January 29, 2016. On October 13, 2016, Drive North was re-released by Fueled by Ramen after the band signed to the label. Two new songs, Palm Trees and Lose It were included as the thirteenth and fourteenth tracks of the album. Miss Yer Kiss was re-recorded along with the re-release and a new whistle tune was created to avoid any copyright issues with the sample.
Only Figuring It Out and Miley had music videos recorded of the five singles that were released. The video for Figuring It Out was released on the band's official YouTube channel on February 11, 2016. It was directed by Kreayshawn and featured artist, Goons who designed the cardboard versions of the member's instruments. The latter's music video however, was recorded and edited by the members themselves and featured clips of Miley Cyrus as her character, Hannah Montana. The clip also included parts of Cyrus' video entry for the porn film fest from 2015.