Morphizm: An Interview with Adam Franklin

Guestbook Morphizm: An Interview with Adam Franklin

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      Hey there, thought the Swervedriver loyalists might dig this:

      Melody Maker: An Interview With Adam Franklin

      Sometimes it sucks to have to say I told you so.

      For years, Swervedriver’s powerhouse sonics were given the shaft by everyone from the UK label that broke them (Creation) to the US major (Geffen) that buried them. The public, meanwhile, was none too appreciative either, in love as it was with terminology and marketing, neither of which work at all. Because the band’s stunning output defied categorization. From a knockout batch of EPs to four full-lengths filled with the kind of guitar work Jimi Hendrix must dream of while in heaven, as well as the rhythmic assault that would destroy that heaven’s windows, Swervedriver was both consistently amazing and consistently ignored. Trying to live through shoegaze, grunge and the commercial explosion of what used to be called alternative music can kill any band. (It claimed Kurt Cobain in an eyeblink.) Basing a serious amount of your creative expression on the existential joys of drugs, sex, pain and escape, as Swervedriver did on incendiary EP’s like Rave Down and full-lengths like Mezcal Head and Ejector Seat Reservation, only adds fuel to the fire.

      But everyone from Freud to Newton understands that you can only oppress unimpeachable energy for so long: Eventually, it’ll make its way back to you, sometimes violently, sometimes not. But it will come back. And you will be the better for it. In the long run.

      And sure enough, Swervedriver is making its inexorable way back to the world that unfairly shunned it. Its fans are bombarding YouTube with material, compilations such as 2005’s sweeping Juggernaut Rides are schooling latecomers, and its talented frontman Adam Franklin is finally stepping out from behind his new moniker Toshack Highway (“too unwieldy for a number of his reasons,” he wrote on Swervedriver’s site) to tour on the strength of his own name. And another moniker, this time termed Bolts of Melody, probably taken from the Emily Dickinson poem that makes fun of poetry: “A privilege so awful/What would the Dower be/Had I the Art to stun myself/With Bolts of Melody!” After all, Franklin’s a reader. Much of Swervedriver’s early work was equal measures J.G. Ballard and Hunter S. Thompson. Emily Dickinson fits that company fine… MORE

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