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bradsears
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Canada
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Posted - 02/15/2008 :  09:48:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit bradsears's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://www.yourgigs.com.au/interviews/?interview_id=130088
"Adam Franklin - Never Lost that Feeling

Bolts of Melody sees Adam Franklin veer off the Toshack Highway and swerve into more familiar sonic territories for his seventh post-Swervedriver album.

It's a busy time for Adam Franklin. He heads to Australia touring his latest album Bolts of Melody, a debut album with Magnetic Morning is on the way and the (99th) dream of many fans has been realised by the news Swervedriver are reforming for a world tour in 2008."

http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/7633/30/
"JAKEB SMITH gets to talk to SWERVEDRIVER frontman, soloist and celebrity collaborator ADAM FRANKLIN, which is quite brilliant really.

The post-post-punk period is an odd one in musical history. In 1984 the musicians who had thrived in London and New York’s art scenes were finding the sense of liberalism that had fostered their creativity for the last six years rapidly disappearing. Corporate culture was validating its place in the social consciousness with its own fashion and morals, each as equally seasonal as the each other."


http://www.timeoff.com.au/index1.php?area=Interviews&pg=38&subarea=8174&sel=8174
"The Franklin’s Tale

ADAM FRANKLIN

WHEN SEMINAL UK shoegazer legends Swervedriver hung up their effects pedals at the tail end of last millennium, frontman Adam Franklin immediately embarked on a solo career, one that has been as diverse as it has been distinguished.

First releasing material under the moniker Toshack Highway, Franklin traded in his trademark guitar aesthetic for a distinctly more electronic sound on initial releases, before gradually morphing towards a more organic and acoustic-based vibe."




Adam's 'All Happening Now' 36 songs project
http://adamfranklin.bandcamp.com/album/all-happening-now-disc-one
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/all-happening-now-1/id906424105

New Swervedriver music
http://swervedriver.bandcamp.com
http://tym-records.com/blog/2013/8/20/tym014-swervedriver

AF & BofM Band Camp - http://adamfranklin.bandcamp.com/
Adam Franklin Sound Cloud - https://soundcloud.com/adam-franklin
Twittter - https://twitter.com/SwervedriverUK
https://twitter.com/AFBoltsofMelody

whitewatersky
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Australia
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Posted - 02/18/2008 :  7:48:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit whitewatersky's Homepage  Reply with Quote
in case these articles archive into oblivion.
apologies for copying...

http://www.timeoff.com.au/index1.php?area=Interviews&pg=38&subarea=8174&sel=8174

The Franklins Tale


ADAM FRANKLIN


WHEN SEMINAL UK shoegazer legends Swervedriver hung up their effects pedals at the tail end of last millennium, frontman Adam Franklin immediately embarked on a solo career, one that has been as diverse as it has been distinguished.


First releasing material under the moniker Toshack Highway, Franklin traded in his trademark guitar aesthetic for a distinctly more electronic sound on initial releases, before gradually morphing towards a more organic and acoustic-based vibe.

For his first release under his own name - last years beautiful Bolts Of Melody - Franklin combined these disparate sounds, ending up with a more laid-back and refined version of the gently swirling guitar psychedelia that first endeared him to so many back in the day.

I think its just the normal progression and way you develop, Franklin offers of this artistic progression. Unless youre AC/DC or something, most bands sort of mutate or develop over a period of time. Obviously the first Toshack Highway album was quite electronic, with a lot of keyboards and instrumentals, and then I went through a kind of acoustic phase. The new stuff still has a lot of acoustic sounds. I think this album kind of marries the electronic Toshack stuff and the acoustic Toshack stuff with perhaps more of the guitar-oriented Swervedriver sound.

Its just the way that it naturally felt that they should be played. I think I went through a period where I was not so crazy about the electric guitar for a while, I just kind of got bored and wasnt so much into it. But now Im back enjoying that, and I think this album is a natural evolution, even though it is mellower.

Franklin is currently undertaking his first solo tour of Australia, during which he is planning on covering all facets of his illustrious career.

Im touching on everything, he divulges. Its all a bit weird when youre doing solo stuff, because you dont have to work out what youre doing or rehearse the set, because you can just do it on the spot. Sometimes Im not sure what people want to hear, and Im tempted to do covers and stuff. Or I aim to be like a karaoke machine like you find in bars, playing some of the Swervedriver songs.

But theres a lot of songs on the new album that work in that format. As far as the Swervedriver stuff, I found it really uncomfortable playing that solo at first, but Ive really warmed to it now. Its better with an electric guitar I think, but it has to be re-approached - theres no point me standing there doing the exact same part that I played at the time, because it wouldnt really make sense.

Fans of Swervedriver have been elated by the news that the band is reuniting this year after a nine-year absence from the scene.

Yeah, its still happening, Franklin beams. It all sort of happened quite quickly, but I think were going to be going out there later in the year. We actually just got together for the first time the other day, and bashed out a few tunes. It was great actually. And also surprisingly loud. I think were going to have a whole lot of fun if our hearing holds up.

Adam Franklin plays The Zoo on Friday Feb 15. Bolts Of Melody out through Chatterbox Records.

STEVE BELL

http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/7633/30/

AKEB SMITH gets to talk to SWERVEDRIVER frontman, soloist and celebrity collaborator ADAM FRANKLIN, which is quite brilliant really.
The post-post-punk period is an odd one in musical history. In 1984 the musicians who had thrived in London and New Yorks art scenes were finding the sense of liberalism that had fostered their creativity for the last six years rapidly disappearing. Corporate culture was validating its place in the social consciousness with its own fashion and morals, each as equally seasonal as the each other.
It was in that year My Bloody Valentine formed, marking the start of arguably the most successful band to be labelled as under the shoegazers introspective banner. Forming too, were Shake Appeal, who would later become Swervedriver. But unlike Kevin Shields critically acclaimed four-piece, Adam Franklins band never received the commercial recognition of their Creation Records label-mates. Despite releasing several acclaimed albums that covered pop, grunge and navel gazing, and touring the US with bands such as Soundgarden and the Smashing Pumpkins, Swervedriver suffered difficulties with numerous labels and eventually went on an indefinite hiatus in 1999.
That would usually be the end of the story for some musicians, who would pack away their gear and get sensible jobs likely becoming the image theyd riled against in years earlier. Not so for Franklin however. Music is what he does.
There are people who were our contemporaries back in Camden in London back in the early nineties and you see these guys sometimes and they say what, are you still doing music? Im a computer programmer now. Im like well yeah, Im still doing music. Its not anything that Id give up doing. If I was unknown for doing it, if Swervedriver had never done anything in the first place, Im sure Id still be doing it regardless. Thats the thing for me really, Im tied to this stuff for good I think.
Franklins impressive post-Swervedriver portfolio includes fronting space-rockers Toshack Highway, a long tenure with indie rock collective Sophia, and a newly formed duo with Interpols Sam Fogarino, entitled Magnetic Morning. Another more recent project is Bolts Of Melody Franklins first record to bear his name exclusively.
With such a robust work ethic, its unsurprising music has sustained the English singer-songwriter for so long. Equally fathomable, is the esteem in which Franklin is held by his fellow musicians. Hes an artist that has grown beyond his initial calling, becoming far more accomplished and insightful than his swaggering, alternative rock origins.
I tell Franklin this, in no uncertain terms, and hes pleased enough to hear it. His growth has been, if not purposeful, then always conscious. You get to know your strengths and weaknesses a bit more. You branch out and do other kinds of styles and see where it takes you. Its heartening for me to hear somebody say that, because some people do get stuck in a rut and they just want to hear the rocking stuff or the early stuff. But I think there is an evolution to it at least.
With so many options for arrangement, its a little disappointing to hear Franklin cant afford to bring a band for his Australian tour. That is until I realise well be privy to a completely re-envisioned set.
I always just try to rework them to a degree. Obviously the Swervedriver songs can get to the point of being finger-picked, or completely reworked renditions. Ive always been into the idea of reworking tunes. To me the songs kind of out there and when the its finally laid down onto tape it isnt necessarily the end of the song really, it can still evolve after that.
ADAM FRANKLIN plays THE ZOO February 15. BOLTS OF MELODY is out now through Chatterbox Records. Adam says the reformed SWERVEDRIVER are currently rehearsing, and will play shows in the UK later this year.


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alicesmile
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Benin
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Posted - 10/01/2010 :  11:08:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I'm in shock. Wow. Thank YOU Jez!

Wait a minute......... does this mean that this recent Adam qoute has some truth to it??!?!??!!???!?

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