Possibly the biggest swervedriver related news day this millennium…

Adam to appear on a Wire Tribute cd:
“These guys at Words On Music, a label operating out
of Minneapolis contacted me and said they’d love for
me to be on the Wire tribute album they were doing and
that the whole album was gonna be versions of the one
song, Outdoor Miner!

A great song for sure, but a whole album of one song?
So I figured that I should try and do something that
sounds totally different to the original.

So it’s an acoustic finger-picking folky-sounding
thing although there is also some pump organ and
electric guitar feedback in there.

We originally tried to recording it on the road on the
Sophia tour when we were in Bergen and Dublin but it
didn’t sound right so I recorded it back in Brooklyn
at Jason Marcucci’s studio Excello in the end.”

you can preorder for $11 here: http://www.words-on-music.com/news.html

Adam is going on an European tour with Sophia October/November
“Sophia heads out on the road again around Europe for
a month. This tour’s a bigger operation as there’s
gonna be a string quartet out with us also.

I’ve only played with the strings twice, a festival in
Belgium and a radio session in Paris but for some
strange reason the string players are always the ones
who go straight to the back of the bus and start
skinning up and then later on they’re all wasted and
shit – they’re far more rock’n’roll than they oughtta
be in other words!

There’s a Sophia XFM session that we did earlier this
year (without the strings) at the XFM website: 

The Album Leaf are opening up on most of the dates –
that’s this guy Jimmy LaValle from San Diego who used
to be in Black Heart Procession and who’s just
released a nice sounding, really chilled out album
recorded in Iceland with Sigur Ros”

New Toshack Highway band recordings:
“We’ve done these new recordings that sound a lot more
electric and rocky. I’m still not sure if these
recordings should be as Toshack Highway or not,
especially as Jeff Townsin doesn’t play drums on them
– there was originally a plan to record with Jeff and
Will Foster who are both also in Sophia as well as
having done those Toshack shows back in 2000.

In the end though we couldn’t find a time when
everyone was available and so I went up to Toronto in
August and recorded ten songs with Ley Taylor and Matt
Durrant from Sianspheric and Dean Williams who does
this electronica thing called Quasimojo with Ley.

We spent a couple of days at a studio called Broadcast
Lane in Toronto that is run by this really cool guy
called Lurch and then drove an hour north of the city
to a cottage by a lake for some round-the-clock
recording. It’s sounding pretty cool so far, kinda
like psychedelic-midnight-country with occasional
Hendrix and VU flourishes… (well you know, KINDA
Hendrixy – my take on him anyway!) Matt’s drumming
really brought out the Velvetsy side.

We may end up adding some recordings we did in
Brooklyn with Ron Lowder playing drums for release.
I’m especially pleased I got to finally lay down this
instrumental tune called “Theme from LSD” which was 
something that Steve George, Jeff Townsin and me 
came up with during a Sophia soundcheck in Milan 
a few years back.”

Swervedriver retrospective on Sanctuary:
“Yes, it appears that there will be a Swervedriver
retrospective CD issued sometime in the new year. 
Not a lot to report right now other than the fact that 
Jimmy has been meeting up with Alan Moulder in 
London and going through some of the master reels.

At the moment it looks like Sanctuary are quite into
the idea of it containing unreleased/ rarities as well
as being a kind of Best Of and are looking at issuing
a double CD set so it could be pretty cool.”

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