Swervedriver at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Swervedriver have found success both in this country and the US
Swervedriver have found success both in this country and the US
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Alternative rock-band Swervedriver first made a name for themselves back in the late ‘80s with a unique stand-out sound.

Their music was born from the hot-wiring of the distinctive psychedelic sound of London’s indie-rock guitar scene with the subversive energy of some American bands of the era .

They had the liquid distortion of shoegaze combined with the cool swagger of Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr, giving them a unique sound and attitude.

Between 1989 and 1998, the band released four studio albums – Raise, Mezcal Head, Ejector Seat Reservation and 99th Dream – and numerous EPs and singles, including Son of Mustang Ford and Sandblasted.

This was despite a considerable flux of members, managers, and record labels during this period.

By 1993 the lineup had settled with Adam Franklin on vocals/guitar, Jimmy Hartridge on guitar, Jez Hindmarsh on drums, and Steve George on bass.

Over in America it can be crazy when people say that they have driven for 40 hours to see us. For our fans in the UK, they would have driven the entire length of the country in that time.

Adam Franklin of Swervedriver

They had emerged with a heavier rock sound than their shoegaze contemporaries.

Over the next five years it evolved to include elements of psychedelia, classic pop, and indie rock.

In 2008, the band reunited for touring purposes, playing California’s prestigious Coachella Festival.

Having experienced success over in the states as well as here in the UK, frontman Adam Franklin describes the differences in the two.

‘Over in America it can be crazy when people say that they have driven for 40 hours to see us.

‘For our fans in the UK, they would have driven the entire length of the country in that time.

‘The American audiences are very passionate.

‘They do a lot of whooping and hollering – it’s the American way.

‘We’re looking forward to touring the UK again. When you look at all the incredible music that’s come out of the UK, it’s exciting.’

The band released their first new single for 15 years in September 2013, and their first full-length album for 17 years in March 2015.

Even though so much remains unchanged for the band, a lot has altered in the 18 years since they were last in the studio.

Adam says: ‘We can sometimes know what eachother are going to do before we even do it.

‘This tour is basically like reconnecting with the original us.’

Swervedriver will play the Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday, May 12.

Doors open 8pm. They will be accompanied by special guests Dearly Beloved.

Tickets cost £15, to book or for more information go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk