Adam Franklin is a name known to many as the singer, guitarist and main songwriter in Swervedriver, who from 1990 onwards bought you timeless and classic tunes like Son of Mustang Ford, Last Train to Satansville, Duel, Rave Down, Never Lose that Feeling, The Birds.. the list goes on and on. In many ways they would, along with label-mates on the forward-thinking and adventurous Creation label, come to embody a new British psych/shoegaze/rock/pop genre.

Exhausted and disillusioned with everything at the end of an Australian tour in late 1998 however, they dissolved, went home to the UK and moved out of their studio space for an extended hiatus. Adam quickly assembled another musical project in the form of Toshack Highway, relocated to the US and started releasing albums and EPs in 2000. Constantly shifting genres and rearranging styles, his new projects were at first more electronic after he abandoned the standard electric guitar/effects pedals/amps he’d been famous for. 

Recording for a second full length album started as early as 2004 but there was no rush to release it and consequently the album, still unnamed, took three years to finish. Returning somewhat to the electric guitar and effects pedals band format, this was clearly not a Toshack Highway album and since Adam had been playing shows as “Adam Franklin”, by the time the album was released in 2007 the name of the artist on the front was Adam Franklin and the record was called Bolts of Melody – later to also become his band’s name as well as the name of a song on the second AF album. 

Bolts of Melody came out at the height of digital releases when vinyl was considered archaic and out of date and so the record was never mastered for or pressed onto that beautiful black (or coloured) substance that so richly reproduces sound with all its nuances and depth. And so, for the first time, here it is in its full analogue glory.

Out January 2015. Presale on limited edition 180 gram splatter version from Dec 2nd.

I have been delinquent on posting news but I just got a bunch.

Firstly details of the new Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody album are coming out. We have a cover, tracklinst, single and release date. July 16th.

When I Love You (I Love You All the While)
I Used to Live for Music
Shining Somewhere (Horses Version)
Passenger Train, Warped by the Rain
Coda Code
I Used to Live for a Thousand Years
Long Way Home

I have not confirmed it but it looks like Swervedriver will be doing a tour of their Raise album. That’s amazing because it is my favourite and the poor Australian fans have been long suffering. Hopefully more dates come.
Thursday, September 26 – The Zoo, Brisbane
Friday, September 27 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, September 28 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday, October 2 – The Gov, Adelaide
Thursday, October 3 – Rosemount, Perth

One last thing. I forgot top post this video for “I want you right now (KV)”

Hi again. I’ve be derelict in my swervedriver duties and some of this news has been piling up. Let’s get that corrected.

Firstly if you are currently pointed Spainward Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody will be performing at Tanned Tin 2011 festival in Castellon, Spain on Jan 27th along with Thurston Moore, The Clientele and Young Gods, amongst others. Go to

High Speed Soul has Raise and Mezcal Head on vinyl in a limited run of 500. Get these clasics on 180 gram vinyl here and here.

I just got a nice PDF of some Australian press leading up to the shows this Feb. Take a look. Here is the online version fo the magazine. Check page 34.


Sunday March 14th
The Basement, Nashville TN
w/ Girls, Guns and Glory and Spring Standards

Tuesday March 16th
The Earl, Atlanta GA
w/ Snowden and Spirits and the Melchizedek Children

Saturday March 20th
The Tap Room at Six, Austin TX
Second Motion Showcase
Line up:
8pm The Walls
9pm Gemma Ray
10pm Marty Wilson-Piper
11pm Tommy Keene
12am Grant Hart
1am Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody


“I’m at the studio in Oxford mastering the new AF & BoM album as we speak, which is sounding rather nice through the big speakers!”
A couple of pdf’s have surfaced of Oxford’s local rag Nightshift. A Shake Appeal questionaire from November and a Ride feature from the latest January one.
Shake Appeal – pg 21
Ride – pg 4 

Farewell to the decade people. See you in 2010.

Tue 01/05/10 
New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Wed 01/06/10 
Washington, DC – DC9
Thu 01/07/10 
Wilmington, DE – Mojo 13
Fri 01/08/10 
Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber
Sat 01/09/10 
Virginia Beach, VA – the Bar None ** updated Dec 31st **
Sun 01/10/10 
Charlotte, NC – Milestone Club
Mon 01/11/10 
Atlanta, GA – The EARL
Wed 01/13/10 
Austin, TX – Emo’s Jr.

Fri 01/15/10
Phoenix, AZ – The Rogue Bar

Sat 01/16/10
San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Sun 01/17/10
Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
Mon 01/18/10 
San Jose, CA – The Blank Club
Tue 01/19/10 
San Francisco, CA – Bottom Of The Hill
Thu 01/21/10
Portland, OR – Rotture

Fri 01/22/10
Vancouver, BC – Media Club

Sat 01/23/10
Seattle, WA – Comet Tavern

Mon 01/25/10 
Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Tue 01/26/10 
Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Thu 01/28/10 
Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
Fri 01/29/10
Chicago, IL Empty Bottle

Sat 01/30/10
Detroit, MI – PJ’s Lager House 

Sun 01/31/10
Toronto, ON – Drake hotel

Tue 02/02/10
Alston, MA – Great Scott

Wed 02/03/10
Brooklyn, NY – TBD