“Adam and Bolts of Melody have recorded a new as yet untitled album, tentatively set for release next Spring.

Mikey Jones who drummed on the recent tour played drums and nailed twelve songs in a day and a half at Stratosphere studio in New York City with sometime Bolt of Melody Matt Sumrow playing bass and keyboards in the broken absence of Josh Stoddard. Matt has previously played keyboards with Bolts in the studio but never live and plays guitar with Dean & Britta and handles piano duties with Ambulance Ltd. Arjun Agerwala recorded the session and all of these dudes play in The Still Out also.

Having just come off the road and rocked up the Spent Bullets tracks there was indeed a rockier spontaneity to the recordings – in fact after jamming the songs out in a rehearsal room situated on Franklin St in Brooklyn, Adam, Mikey and Matt were itching to do an impromptu show as a three-piece somewhere in the city but couldn’t sort it out in time. Instead the band and Arjun drove up to Toronto where Adam and Locksley laid down guitars and vocals and everyone had a couple of drinks.

After adding a few finishing touches at Mark Gardener’s studio in Oxford, Adam aims to mix the album in Cardiff with Charlie Francis sometime after the end of Sophia’s European tour and before Swervedriver’s UK dates.”

Here are the UK dates all together in one place:

11.26.09 O2 Academy, Oxford
11.27.09 ICA, London
11.28.09 Relentless Garage, London
12.04.09 Butlins Holiday Resort, Minehead – All Tomorrow’s Parties
12.05.09 Butlins Holiday Resort, Minehead – All Tomorrow’s Parties
12.06.09 Butlins Holiday Resort, Minehead – All Tomorrow’s Parties

Adam Plays with (in) Sophia frequently and has some European dates coming soon:
09.25.09 Jubez, Karlsruhe (DE)
09.26.09 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (DE)
09.27.09 Moritzbastei, Leipzig (DE)
09.28.09 Lido, Berlin (DE)
09.29.09 WuK, Wien (DE)
09.30.09 E-Werk, Welangen (DE)
10.01.09 Forum, Bielefeld (DE)
10.02.09 Schlachtof, Wiesbaden (DE)
10.03.09 Lagerhaus, Bremen (DE)
10.04.09 Kulturkirche, Koln (DE)
10.06.09 Circolo Degli Artisti, Roma (IT)
10.07.09 Musicdrome, Milano (IT)
10.08.09 Hiroshima Mon Amour, Torino (IT)
10.09.09 Schuur, Luzeme (IT)
10.10.09 Le Romandie, Lausanne (CH)
10.12.09 Democrazy, Gent (BE)

If that is not enough, Adam sat down and put finger to keyboard to answer some of the forum’s questions. See the Q & A here.

Adam and the Bolts crew are currently coming to a venue near you so don’t be late. Tomorrow’s Kansas city show has been cancelled though. Apologies to all those who were planning on making it to that show from Adam and the band. Back to the good news now. A Soundworld of Rain just got released on iTunesFrom the myspace: “Originally broadcast December 2007 and titled A Soundworld of Rain this features Adam with pedal steel maestro and sometime Bolt of Melody Gerald Menke, playing measured and reverb-drenched versions of Bolts of Melody songs with a couple of Swervedriver nuggets in there also.” I tuned in for the broadcast and I can’t wait to get my hands on a good copy of this. Enjoy.


ADAM FRANKLIN returns to Australia in February 2008 to play a string of solo live shows to promote his debut solo album BOLTS OF MELODY, out now on Chatterbox Records.

Friday, February 15th 2008 
Brisbane, The Zoo
with Tim Steward & Do The Robot
Brisbane: Rockinghorse, Skinnys, Butterbeats, MoshPit,
Music Mania, Sunflower & Kill The Music, online at www.custommade.com.au or by phone 1300 762 545

Saturday, February 16th 2008
SYDNEY, Oxford Art Factory
Sydney: all Moshtix outlets, www.moshtix.com.au, GET TIX, online at www.custommade.com.au or by phone 1300 762 545

Sunday, February 17th 2008
MELBOURNE, East Brunswick Club
Melbourne: The East box office (ph: 03 9388 9794)
online www.eastbrunswickclub.com,
online at www.custommade.com.au or by phone 1300 762 545

stream bolts of melody here 

Adam Franklin – 2007 Tour Dates
Jul 2 – Mercury Lounge New York City 
Jul 13 – KEXP Radio Seattle 
Jul 14 – Sonic Boom Records Seattle 
Jul 14 – Crocodile Cafe Seattle 
Jul 15 – Jackpot Records Portland 
Jul 15 – Doug Fir Lounge Portland 
Jul 16 – Cafe Du Nord San Francisco 
Jul 17 – The Echo Los Angeles 
Jul 18 – M-Theory Music San Diego 
Jul 18 – The Casbah San Diego 
Aug 21 – Great Scott Boston MA 
Aug 22 – Maxwell’s Hoboken NJ 
Aug 23 – Cake Shop New York NY 
Aug 24 – Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA 
Aug 25 – IOTA Arlington VA

“It’s truly thrilling to hear Franklin amped up again and belting out urgent guitar anthems like opener Seize the Day and Shining Somewhere. The vocals certainly sound more weathered, and the effects rack has most likely been trimmed down a little from his Swervedriver days, but these two immediate standouts are unmistakably the sound of man enjoying his music.”

Bolts of Melody, Franklin’s first proper solo album, more or less begins where we left off, albeit with the volume turned down a little. “Seize the Day” thrashes around like The Posies and Teenage Fanclub never went out of fashion; “Song of Solomon” is a charming tribute to Elliott Smith, and “Sundown” sounds more like the Lemonheads than the Lemonheads do these days.

“I feel the album picks up nicely where Swervedriver left off. It incorporates the many-layered chorus of guitars swirling around the melodies sustained by Adam’s distinct laid-back vocal styles. There is a more 60’s guitar pop feel with Adam wearing influences from garage bands and psychedelia groups.”

“Hi all

As I’m just about about to drive off to Holland for the latest leg of Sophia shows I thought it was time for a general update, just in case you all thought I’d fallen asleep or something.

My new album Bolts of Melody will see the light of day as an Adam Franklin album for the first time. The Toshack Highway moniker seems too unwieldy for a number of reasons – people never remember the name for starters (or pronounce it incorrectly!) and it’s just easier for people to remember my own name anyway. Also the album is much more song/guitar driven, and to me Toshack is more this instrumental/keyboardy thing, so actually the Toshack name might re-appear at some point with music more in that original vein, but for the time being AF it is..

The album will feature the recent Syd’s Eyes single and Birdsong (Moonshiner Version), which were previously only available as Black Mountain seven inch and Shifty Disco download-only release respectively, as those tracks should be made more widely available.

The cover of Wolf Parade’s Shine A Light that was posted at www.myspace.com/toshackhighway will also be on the album due to a certain amount of public demand – the lyric about “waiting for something that’ll never arrive” seemed particularly appropriate due to this album taking so long to get released!

The album should get released in the US/North America May/June time and there will be full band dates with the Bolts of Melody band in the US around that time. We’re still finalising European release schedules.

In the meantime people can check out my new Setting Suns collaboration with Sam Fogarino from Interpol at www.myspace.com/thesettingsuns. Me and Sam have been knocking out a few ideas in recent months and will continue to do so in between doing our other stuff – Interpol have reached the mixing stage for their new album I believe and Sam will then embark on an endless touring schedule but we’ll take that project out on the road at some stage in the future.

People should also check out The Still Out at www.myspace.com/thestillout which is a new band featuring Josh Stoddard who will be playing bass for Bolts of Melody, and Arjun Agerwala who recorded the drums for Syd’s Eyes. I’ve also contributed some guitars and vocals for this project.

And hey, why not also check out Rol Jui at www.myspace.com/roljui featuring Locksley Taylor from Sianspheric and Dean Williams who of course played on/recorded Bolts of Melody. Ley will also be touring Bolts of Melody.

And lastly, Sophia plays Holland and Belgium next week and will be touring Scandinavia and Italy in April/May and is sounding pretty rocking – Will, Jeff and Robin made up the rest of Toshack Highway when we toured the Orange Album in Europe in 2000 and the band has aged like a fine wine! …well, it’s certainly aged… So come and check out the band if we’re close by at all and have some More Wine…( www.sophiamusic.net)



Link buffet:

We are extremely proud to announce the first signing to the label! This talented artist is…drum roll please…..Adam Franklin, singer/guitarist/songwriter for UK shoegazer legends Swervedriver!! Adam’s new record called “Bolts of Melody” will be released in the spring of ’07. A brilliant mix of 60’s influenced psychedelic rock, folk, and of course Swervedriver, some have been known to refer to Adam’s music as “space-folk”. Whatever the term you want to use is fine by us. We just call it amazing. Visit www.adamfranklin.com for more info.