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Swervedriver

The band who brought the car song into the shoegaze era, Swervedriver were formed in Britain in 1990 by vocalists/guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, bassist Adi Vines, and drummer Graham Bonner. Fusing the swirling textures of the shoegazer aesthetic with the more traditional boundaries of pop, the group debuted with a series of brilliant EPs -- Son of Mustang Ford, Rave Down, and Sandblasted -- before issuing their full-length debut, Raise, in 1991. After a U.S. tour in support of Soundgarden, Bonner left the band, followed quickly by the departure of Vines; 1992's Never Lose That Feeling EP, their strongest effort to date, initially appeared to mark the group's swan song. But in 1993, Swervedriver returned; with the core of Franklin and Hartridge rounded out by new drummer Jez Hindmarsh, they released their sophomore LP, Mezcal Head. An import-only release, Ejector Seat Reservation, followed in 1995, and featured new bassist Steve George. In the fall of 1998, Swervedriver resurfaced with their fourth effort, 99th Dream, and the Wrong Treats EP followed in 1999. Bonner and Vines, meanwhile, continued as Skyscraper, and Adam Franklin recorded as Toshack Highway. Swervedriver were on hiatus for much of the 2000s, until an October 2007 announcement that the group would re-form and commence touring the following year. The next several years found Swervedriver -- Franklin, Hartridge, and George, with Hindmarsh, Bonner, or, starting in 2012, newcomer Mikey Jones (Bolts of Melody, Heaven) on drums -- sporadically touring and appearing at festivals internationally. The new single "Deep Wound" was released in the fall of 2013, and the group also announced plans for the arrival of a new full-length album in 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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WTF is Shoegaze ? It is some stupid new genre of crappy music by no talent hacks ? This band certainly qualifies.
noyesa
RAISE - one of the best under the radar albums ever made. No doubt.
Saw them open up for Smashing Pumpkins in 1993. To this day the greatest concert I've ever seen.
Always awesome, probably the most underrated band EVER! Saw them in NYC 3/31/12, still awesome.
jasonlocke
...and if you can find Ejector Sear Reservation and 99th Dream, PLEASE ADD!
jasonlocke
Yeah, Mezcal Head and Raise added! Thanks, Pandora!
Loved them since Raise. Just saw them for the first time in D.C. on 30 March. One of the best live bands I've seen - technically. They lack a bit in stage presence. But the sound they get out of those four pieces is bonecrunchin g incredible.
I think i saw them last at the Metro too, 15years ago glad to hear their still great live. They are playing Randolph fest June 18th 8pm it is a free fest with suggested 10$ donation located from Halsted to Racine. So far it is one of only 4u.s. shows!!!!!
It's all about "Duel."
kroe_221
I been a swervedriver fan since the early 90's I seen them live at Chicago's Metro Theatre a couple years back if you havent seen them live you dont know what you're missing sooo good live
Raise is for sure one of my favorite albums of all times, it never gets old and always intantly takes me back to where i was in the early 90's, doing drugs, roadtrips to the beach, not worrying about s**t. They're other albums are great too. Saw them twice, once back in the day in a small club in Baltimore, and at the reunion tour in DC a couple years back. Hope to see them again before i die.
Hey Warren: "Raise" is available through BEST BUY online, as are an amazing # of hard to find Discs/music! ! ! ! !

yeah these guys are hella-under- a p p r e c i a t e d 4 sure; at least Pandora put 'em in (real) good company
I didn't think I would ever get to see them live. Then they came to New Orleans in '08 and it was bad a**. Probably one of the most underated bands I've ever heard.
Absolutely brilliant.
Thank you Kelly for sharing the radio shows with me!
gabriel1laru s s o
Great band, it's a shame that Pandora's selected discography lists the Juggernaut Rides and omits Raise and MezcalHead.
Saw them in SF...was one of the best shows I have ever seen....hopi n g to soon have another US tour, they rival PJ in greatest bands of the last 20 yrs..
First concert I ever saw was Monster Magnet, Swervedriver , Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden at the Civic Center in Austin, TX circa 1992. Life-changin g . . . a n d the only band I still, to this day, listen to is Swervedriver . To see them take the stage at the Henry Fonda in Hollywood in 2008, and have the memories their songs are attached to from the past 16 years come sweeping back was epic. I smiled for days...
We used to drive the backroads of north Texas with nothing better to do, drinking beers and smoking joints rocking out to Mezcal Head - "girl on a motorbike" was always a favorite, and so was "duress".
One of the most underrated bands of the 90s. 'Raise' is the second CD I ever bought. So glad I still have it because it would be near impossible to find it in the states these days.
toferlewis
Came through Denver last year and I missed them. They played a tiny empty venue and I'm still depressed about not going. Mezcal Head is truley a great album...
Shamefully under-apprec i a t e d (in the states anyway), I loved them when I first saw 'Raise Down' on 120 min back in the old days. Mezcal Head is their masterpiece in my opinion. Saw them open for Monster Magnet(!) and Soundgarden, an unlikely line-up but they were really great (and loud). Recently, they played in Portland and of course they were as tight as ever, as if they were never on hiatus. Its too bad most of their albums are long out of print.
I used to live in a terrible crack house/straig h t from prison shared apartment in SF. One of the few guys I liked there introduced me to Swerevedrive r . He was pretty excellent for a skid row bottom of the barrel house no place left to go roomie. HERE'S TO YOU SEAN!

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