Swervedriver – English Shoegaze Band
Emerging from the English shoegaze scene in the late 1980s, Swervedriver took a heavier, more rock-oriented approach to the music. The band's core duo of Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge met while in school at Oxford, first playing together in the band...More
Emerging from the English shoegaze scene in the late 1980s, Swervedriver took a heavier, more rock-oriented approach to the music. The band's core duo of Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge met while in school at Oxford, first playing together in the band Shake Appeal, before Swervedriver was born in 1989. After relocating to London, the group released a series of 4-track EPs in lieu of a debut full-length: Son of Mustang Ford (1990), Rave Down (1990), and Sandblasted (1991). Their first studio LP, Raise, was released in 1991 and the band embarked on an extensive UK tour to promote it. Following this, the band was approached by The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine producer Alan Moulder to record their fourth EP, Never Lose That Feeling. Moulder and Swervedriver would team up on the group's second full-length, Mezcal Head, their third album, Ejector Seat Reservation, and their fourth album, 99th Dream.
Swervedriver went on hiatus in 1999, eventually reconvening in 2005 to choose songs for their upcoming Juggernaut Rides '89–'98 retrospective. Despite the various members' involvement with other projects at the time, they began talking seriously about a reunion tour, which was announced in 2007. The following year, Swervedriver kicked off their coming international reunion tour with a performance at Coachella. The response to these shows propelled the band to reissue their first three full-lengths and to tour regularly throughout the next several years. In 2014, they entered the studio to begin work on what would become their first new album in seventeen years, I Wasn't Born to Lose You. Swervedriver's latest is 2019's Future Ruins.Less