Category Archives: Swervedriver

swervedriver live at trees

Swervedriver performed Raise and Mezcal Head in full last night at Trees in Dallas. Here’s the beginning, middle and end of the latter album.


new swervedriver song 'deep wound' — plus adam franklin covers wolf parade & the clientele


All-time shoegaze greats Swervedriver are reunited and back on the road. They kick off a handful of US dates tonight in Philadelphia and made their long overdue late night TV debut Monday on Fallon.

In a web exclusive, Adam Franklin and company broke out a brand new song entitled “Deep Wound.” With terrific guitar interplay and big hooks, this would be right at home on Mezcal Head:

That’s one of several new songs the band will be trying out on tour, with hopes of recording an album before the end of the year. For the Fallon broadcast, Swervedriver went to the well and chose their very first single, 1990’s “Son Of Mustang Ford”:

If you happen to catch Swervedriver on tour, you can pick up a limited edition clear vinyl 7″ of Adam Franklin’s covers of Wolf Parade’s “Shine A Light” and The Clientele’s “Elm Grove Window.” The former has been sought after by fans since it failed to show up as promised on Franklin’s 2010 album I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years, and the latter is a lovely version of a Clientele deep cut:

Download the “Shine A Light” single now at iTunes.

creation records 'upside down' soundtrack

A few weeks ago, Upside Down, the story of Creation Records, debuted at SXSW. In about a month — May 9th to be precise — the DVD and soundtrack will be released.

Much like 2003’s Live Forever, it captures the English music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s. But it’s also a love letter to Creation Records founder Alan McGee who many of the label’s bands credit for their success.

And those bands! Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus And Mary Chain, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals, The Boo Radleys, Swervedriver, Ride…  it’s incredible the roster of acts that came through Creation during it’s brief 16 year run.

Check out the trailer and see for yourself:

NME has the soundtrack details. It’s a two disc set that features some expected hits, many deep cuts and several “I guess I remember that” moments.

Disc one:

  1. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Upside Down
  2. Oasis – Rock N Roll Star
  3. Primal Scream – Loaded
  4. Ride – Leave Them All Behind
  5. House of Love – Shine On
  6. BMX Bandits – Serious Drugs
  7. Teenage Fanclub – The Concept
  8. Telescopes – Perfect Needle
  9. Biff Bang Pow – There Must Be A Better Life
  10. Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station
  11. Slaughter Joe – I’ll Follow You Down
  12. Jasmine Minks – Think
  13. The Boo Radleys – Lazarus
  14. Revolving Paint Dream – In The Afternoon
  15. Sugar – If I Can’t Change Your Mind
  16. Momus – What Will Death Be Like?
  17. Swervedriver – Son Of Mustang Ford
  18. Super Furry Animals – Something 4 The Weekend

Disc two:

  1. Oasis – Wonderwall
  2. Ride – Taste
  3. Primal Scream – Swastika Eyes
  4. Swervedriver – Duel
  5. Teenage Fanclub – Mellow Doubt
  6. Biff Bang Pow – It Makes You Scared
  7. Slowdive – Alison
  8. Slaughter Joe – So Out Of Touch
  9. Revolving Paint Dream – Flowers In The Sky
  10. BMX Bandits – I Wanna Fall In Love
  11. House of Love – Destroy The Heart
  12. Jazz Butcher – Girl Go
  13. Telescopes – Flying
  14. The Creation – Creation
  15. Momus – Murders, The Hope Of Woman
  16. Primal Scream – Imperial
  17. The Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
  18. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Some Candy Talking

Here’s a triple shot of soundtrack highlights to enjoy in the meantime:

top 30 albums of 2010: 30-21

Before we get into the list, a disclaimer. Unlike that of your “legitimate” music blogs — with a staff of writers, editors and contributors weighing in — this list is one man’s opinion. A prejudiced, narrow and significantly uninformed opinion.

That said, this list represents the releases of the past year that tickled an old waver’s fancy. Maybe it was a gooey synth, a shoegazey guitar, dreamy vocals or some other Pavlovian trigger, but something in all of these albums took me to my happy place.

So, with apologies to Kanye, here’s part one of Old Waver’s Top 30 Albums of 2010:

30: Thieves Like Us – Again And Again
A guilty pleasure of Swedish synthpop goodness

“Never Known Love”

29: Tamaryn – The Waves
New Zealand’s principal shoegaze export

“Love Fade”

28: Violens – Amoral
Elaborate New Romantic pop from former members of Lansing-Drieden

“Acid Reign”

27: Wavves – King Of The Beach
Less lo-fi with a full-fledged band, but Nathan Williams is still a train wreck

“King Of The Beach”

26: Future Islands – In Evening Air
New Order basslines and dramatic vocals are the hallmark of this Baltimore trio

25: Errors – Come Down With Me
Frenetic “post-electro” from Glasgow

“A Rumour In Africa”

24: Hot Chip – One Life Stand
A grown up and fleshed out effort from the stalwart electropop outfit

“I Feel Better”

23: Small Black – New Chain
First full length from Brooklyn “chillwavers”


22: Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody – I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years
His most vital solo work since Swervedriver

“I’ll Be Yr Mechanic”

21: Frank (Just Frank) – The Brutal Wave
A chilly coldwave duo from the south of France

Part two: albums 20-11
Part three: albums 10-1