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RE: Swervedriver | from az galMar 23 2009 - 15:59

thanks jeff much easier to view.

except I can't type is seems. Is Gak a word? think there is one in az? am I talking to myself?


any leaks on the "new stuff" you are working on?

RE: Swervedriver | from RFMar 11 2009 - 19:54

@red chaulk
"www.toshackhighway.com it's a very nice flash site"..
i Think a NERD made it.... good old Marc Houle... i miss seeing him..

RE: Swervedriver | from jeffFeb 26 2009 - 11:47

yeah, i'll change it :)

RE: Swervedriver | from az gakFeb 25 2009 - 14:30

I'm having trouble reading the posts because of the background. Am I the only one with this problem?

RE: Swervedriver | from ryan oFeb 20 2009 - 14:28

Ha! That's funny. But doesn't answer the question...does Adam Franklin listen to Idaho?

A friend pointed out the musical similarities at a Bolts of Melody show a few years back. If nothing else, it would be a good double bill for a tour.

This thread also made me sad...audiogalaxy RIP.

RE: Swervedriver | from Adam FranklinFeb 19 2009 - 09:01

I realize I'm almost a whole decade late for this particular thread, haha! - which I think is the main reason I can't resist replying to it - but I'd like to set the record straight:

I WISH I was from a fantastically wealthy family but I'm not. I have also NEVER lived on the streets! Where do people get this stuff from??!

I did however hear that since this thread JK has married his Aunt Claudette, a one-legged ex-firefighter from Reno and now lives with her in a grotto at the North Pole with Santa Claus. Not that's there's anything wrong with that...

But thanks for the kind comments made at the turn of the centrury!


RE: Swervedriver | from JKDec 20 2001 - 16:45

They have the freedom to express in thier own way, and most big labels and consumers cant relate to real emotions anyhow, just trendiness and pretentiousness. Fortunately the wealth allows them to be free from the chains most labels bind artists in, and in this way, beautiful music is made.

RE: Swervedriver | from andaluciaDec 20 2001 - 14:22

just another rich boy rock band, like idaho. what is the connection between wealth and music that takes forever to go nowhere?

RE: Swervedriver | from red chaulkDec 20 2001 - 02:00

it's a very nice flash site..

RE: Swervedriver | from JKDec 19 2001 - 19:48

The strange thing about Adam Franklin I recently discovered is that he's from an extremely wealthy family, though he lived on the streets ocassionally while in his discovery days of swervedriver. I'm not saying anything is wrong with that, I was just thrown for a loop on that one. Bye for now.

RE: Swervedriver | from christianOct 29 2001 - 21:44

as a guitarist and long-time fan of both idaho and swervedriver, i highly recommend picking up anything you can. they're all good. and adam franklin also dabbles in interesting alternate tunings...

RE: Swervedriver | from RyanSep 01 2001 - 14:45

I saw Adam Franklin do a solo gig in L.A. last month, and my friend overheard him telling someone that the band is still together, but they're taking a break.

RE: Swervedriver | from RossAug 07 2001 - 05:17

Mezcal Head is one of my all time favorite albums. I completely love the overall consistency of the sound. A mixture of airy and dense sound production.

I saw them a couple years back, and they put on an incredible show.

So does anyone know for sure what's going on with them? Was 99th Dream the last we will ever hear of Swerevdriver?

RE: Swervedriver | from RyanAug 07 2001 - 00:00

I also have most of the non-LP tracks by Swervedriver, as well as Lush if anyone's interested in trading. Check out Audio Galaxy- great filesharing sight.

RE: Swervedriver | from dEJul 24 2001 - 05:22

I have a pretty good collection of Swervie b-sides. E-mail me and let me know what you are looking for... I can send them your way...

RE: Swervedriver | from J.K.Jul 23 2001 - 18:41

Oh, oops. I wasn't done and I hit finish.... I don't think Swervie would be mad, as most of the singles, e.p's and b-sides were British imports, and most have also been out of print for almost 10 years. How else could I get a hold of them? I search the used record store here in Wicker Park, Chicago and they have everything......but that.

RE: Swervedriver | from J.K.Jul 23 2001 - 18:38

Seth, there was a time you could find any and all b-side Swervedriver stuff on napster, but, unfortunately as we all know, that day is done. I guess alot of people collect those sorts of things for the packaging, as well as the audio. It doesn't matter to me, as long as I can hear it well.

RE: Swervedriver | from John SawyerJul 23 2001 - 15:58

A.Moulder's biggest achievement is
arguably his work with My Bloody
Valentine,particularly on the (still) astounding "loveless" Lp.
His nadir has to be involvement
with the spectacularly hyped ,Eurythmics in all but name
duo, Curve
You will indeed find his name on
the majority of those bourgeois
noise floppy fringe records from the early 90's,it
seems.Swervedriver being a good
antidote to the nonsenses therein.
I saw Swervedriver in a huge ARENA
type venue in Glasgow supporting
the v.tiresome Wonderstuff!!!
They were great but the crusties
disliked the lack of fiddles and
gave them the cold shoulder...

RE: Swervedriver | from Seth HowardJul 23 2001 - 14:12

I am a big Swervedriver fan as well. "Ejector Seat..." is probably my favorite as well. I agree about their B-sides. I wish I could find more of their singles.

Supposedly they are just taking a break, but we all know what that usually means.

RE: Swervedriver | from dEJul 23 2001 - 06:39

Toshack Highway is very instrumental, sample-laden and certainly continues Adam's penchant towards sonic layering of sounds, effects and loops.

A bit less shoegazing and more "texturized". I'd suggest giving it a listen to see for yourself. My limited musical vocabulary won't do it justice.

It's an experimental derivative of Swervedriver... and certainly similar in many respects to 99th Dream.

RE: Swervedriver | from eraserheadJul 23 2001 - 06:22

swervedriver. good to have in the collection. I am particuarly fond of their mellow stuff. any similar stlye on the new project?

RE: Swervedriver | from dEJul 23 2001 - 05:55

www.swervedriver.com and www.swervie.com have helped me keep "semi" up-to-date on the band... the former being a bit more current.

Raise is in my top five. "Deep Seat" takes the crown.

You close my eyes without blinking
You read my thoughts without thinking
You sit and smile and I'm sinking
Could be the cause of my drinking
You fabricate what I'm feeling
You rise up riled and I'm reeling
I swallow salt and you're kneeling
We lie and stare at the ceiling
You close my eyes and I'm drinking
You read my thoughts and I'm blinking
You sit and smile and I'm thinking
Could be the cause of my sinking

RE: Swervedriver | from FrankyJul 22 2001 - 20:22

Swervedriver's Mezcal Head is on my top ten list of all time.
I think I agree with Ben, from what I've read from a couple different sources Swervedriver haven't officially called it quits.

RE: Swervedriver | from BenJul 22 2001 - 13:40

Yeah, Swervedriver were great (especially the Ejector Seat Reservation album that wasn't released in the states, as they were screwed over by their label), but I don't think they've actually disbanded. I know Adam Franklin has been playing with Toshack and doing some solo acoustic shows, but Swervedriver are, from what I hear in Big Takeover, still together. Other than The Auteurs and Catherine Wheel, there probably isn't a better b-sides band out there.

RE: Swervedriver | from J.K.Jul 22 2001 - 13:04

Oh yes, i can't forget, the genius of Alan Moulder, who has produced a long list of British shoegazer bands, like Catherine Wheel, god Im blank now as to the bands. Others with info on Swervie or Alan Moulder, plop it down on this page, I need to be refreshed with the info.

The late great swervedriver | from J.K.Jul 22 2001 - 12:55

Gawd, any Swervedriver fans out there? Another really cool band that got shelved once on a major. Adam Franklin, lead singer/guitarist of swervie, is now frontman of a band called Toshack Highway, as swervie disbanded last year. They've had 4 really great releases, a long string of singles with some of thier better neater songs on them. They would pack Chicago's Metro everytime they came through, which, on average was every 3 years. Pretty shoegazer, brit (but not atypical brit, they were just from there) music. Gowd, the diversity and all around beauty in their music changed my viewpoint of music forever. Anyone feel the same?

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