In 2013, Swervedriver performed their debut album, Raise, in its entirety in Australia and the UK and then went on to record the band’s highly acclaimed fifth album, I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, released in March 2015. This September, Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Mikey Jones and Mick Quinn will be reprising the performance of Raise shows – for the first time in the USA – but with one large difference: they will also be performing their much loved second album, Mezcal Head, from front-to-back. The show will comprise of two sets. A new (sixth) album has been penciled in for a 2018 release – stay tuned for more details.
Tickets On Sale Friday June 9th 10am ET
9/7 Metro, Chicago
9/8 Lee’s Palace, Toronto
9/9 Brighton Music Hall, Allston
9/10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
9/11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia
9/12 Back Cat, Washington
9/14 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro
9/15 Terminal West, Atlanta
9/16 The Social, Orlando
9/17 Siberia, New Orleans
9/18 Trees, Dallas
9/19 3ten Austin City Limits Live, Austin
9/21 191 Toole, Tucson
9/22 Casbah, San Diego
9/23 Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco
9/24 The Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles
“We’re working on a new Swervedriver album.” says Adam Franklin in a recent interview for drownedinsound.com – “Dreams can come true twice.” is what I say.
Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin is set to release versions of ‘Iron Horse/Born to Lose’ by Motörhead and David Bowie’s ‘Thursday’s Child’ as a double A-side 7” single, on 22nd April 2017, via Club AC30 in celebration of this year’s Record Store Day.
Sketches of the two songs had been lurking on Franklin’s laptop for a while, but when Lemmy and Bowie died within two weeks of each other over a year ago, he decided to finish them off in one recording session. ‘Iron Horse/Born To Lose’, a very early Motörhead song, first appeared in 1977 and Bowie’s ‘Thursday’s Child’ was released much later as a single in 1999. While very different, these songs both have a certain vulnerability, exposed further by Franklin’s own interpretations.
There will be vinyl and download versions available at https://adamfranklin.bandcamp.com/ after April 22nd.
“We are very sorry to say that our show in Paris on Saturday – which we really wanted to play in defiance of the deluded, murdering shitheads – has been postponed. Alias, Fleche d’Or and Bataclan are the same team and crew and everybody there is in great shock and distress, as well as the Parisienne audiences and people deeply impacted and so in order to allow our brothers and sisters in the French capital time to rest and grieve and heal, we have spoken with the promoter and decided that we shall reschedule for the earliest possible date. Peace X”
You can listen and buy it here. I had forgotten about this release but here it is. What a tallent Elliot had.
November 12th Oslo, Norway: ‘Psych Fest’
November 13th Helsinki, Finland: Tavastia
WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE, Singapore at Hood Bar & Cafe
June 2016 Singapore, New Zealand & Australia
WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE, Singapore at Hood Bar & Cafe
FRIDAY 17th JUNE – CHRISTCHURCH NZ at Churchills
SATURDAY 18th JUNE – WELLINGTON NZ at Bodega
SUNDAY 19th JUNE – AUCKLAND NZ at The Kings Arms
WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE Brisbane Aus at The Triffid
THURSDAY 23RD JUNE Melbourne Aus at The Corner Hotel
FRIDAY 24TH JUNE Newcastle Aus at The Cambridge Hotel
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE Sydney Aus at The Factory Theatre
TUESDAY 28TH JUNE Perth Aus at Amplifier Bar
“Nineties UK shoegaze legends SWERVEDRIVER return to NZ with old friends FUR PATROL
FUR PATROL will open this doubleheader whilst celebrating their 20th anniversary.
SWERVEDRIVER inhabit a funny spot within the pantheon of classic shoegazer bands. They were always out of step with their 90s Creation-era peers, most of whom appeared content to disappear behind a veil of tastefully shimmering feedback and lyrical obtuseness. Swervedriver, on the other hand, were interested in ripping. Their guitars may have fed back through the requisite number of effects pedals, and classic Swervedriver t-shirts actually featured a connected bank of effects pedals rather than the bandmembers, but rather than shrink into the feedback, Swervedriver married their guitar haze with nods to poppy psychedelia, American film noir, and songs about fast cars
FUR PATROL remain Julia Deans vocals and guitar , Andrew Bain on bass, and Simon Braxton on drums Its been 20 years since Julia got them together to work on some demo material. ANd within 4 years they had a classic NZ number one with Lydia. ANDREW BAIN: “It’s been a few years, I hope Simon can remember how to count to 4, although some of our songs do go up to 600 so this could get interesting fast.”
doors for all shows at 8 pm
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM www.undertheradar.co.nz“
I’m pleasantly surprised to learn of Australian dates this summer. Hopefully more news soon wink wink.
WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE The Triffid Brisbane
THURSDAY 23RD JUNE The Corner Hotel Melbourne
FRIDAY 24TH JUNE The Cambridge Hotel Newcastle
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE The Factory Theatre Sydney
TUESDAY 28TH JUNE Amplifier Bar Perth
11/11 Switzerland, Lausanne, Le Romandie
11/12 Austria, Vienna, B72
11/13 Italy, Rome, Traffic Club
11/14 Italy, Bologna, Freakout Club
11/15 Italy, Brescia, Latteria Molloy
11/17 Belgium, Antwerp, Trix Club
11/18 Germany, Hamburg, Knust
11/19 Germany, Cologne, Gebaude 9
11/20 Netherlands, Utrecht, Le Guess Who Festival
11/21 France, Paris, La Fleche D’Or (postponed)
11/27 Hong Kong, Clockenflap Festival