“To celebrate 25 years since the release of Swervedriver’s classic second album Mezcal Head, the band will be performing the record live for the first time throughout Europe and the UK in May 2018. But more than that, the band – comprising Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Mikey Jones and Ben Ellis from Iggy Pop’s band (standing in for the on-sabbatical Mick Quinn) – will also be performing the band’s first album, the seminal Raise. The show will comprise of two sets with psychedelic interlude.
Swervedriver’s sixth album Remembering Forward is set to be released later in 2018.”
14/5 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
15/5 Newcastle O2
16/5 Glasgow ABC2
17/5 Manchester Band On The Wall
18/5 London Islington Academy
19/5 Leicester Dryden Street Social
20/5 Maastricht Transformer*
21/5 Amsterdam Paradiso (changed – now a Raise and Mezcal Head show)
22/5 Leipzig Ut Connewitz
23/5 Prague Futurum
24/5 Berlin Bi Nuu
25/5 Hamburg Hafenklang
* will be a regular set
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.
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.
“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”