Swervedriver Returning To Duty For 2008 Tour

swervedriverThis is the best news I’ve heard in a while regarding reunion tours. If you’ve never heard their album, Mezcal Head, pick it up on Amazon for probably a dollar. These guys have influenced numerous modern day bands. Interpol for one. Interpol’s drummer, Sam Fogarino is a fan.

“Now that the press release has been officially issued, we at HSS HQ finally have the “ok” to let our friends know that a Swervedriver Reunion has been announced for ’08. Details on dates are still coming together but some great news all the same!! Be sure to check out Adam and band who are currently on tour right now in support of his new record “Bolts of Melody”. Tour dates are listed at www.hispeedsoul.com. Here’s the official press release with the info on the Swervedriver reunion:

“After almost a 10-year long absence, the revered UK band SWERVEDRIVER plans to reform for an early 2008 worldwide tour. Swervedriver is Adam Franklin on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Hartridge on guitar, Steve George on bass, and Jez on drums. Swervedriver formed in Oxford, England in 1989 and released a series of EP’s followed by their debut full-length, Raise, in 1991 on Creation Records in the UK and A&M Records in the U.S. Mezcal Head followed in 1993, then in 1995 Ejector Seat Reservation came out on Creation in the UK, but was only available as an import in the US. Their last release, 99th Dream, was released by Zero Hour in 1998. Tour dates for Swervedriver will be announced shortly. Adam Franklin is in the midst of a U.S. solo tour in support of Bolts of Melody, which was released this past June on Hi-Speed Soul.”

“U.K. rock act Swervedriver will reunite for a worldwide 2008 tour after a nearly decade-long hiatus. Dates and other details have yet to be announced.

The group (vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin, guitarist Jimmy Hartridge, bassist Steve George and drummer Jez) split on the heels of its 1998 album “99th Dream.” Although it never enjoyed major commercial success in the U.S., Swervedriver was beloved by fans for its psychedelia-tinged rock sound, best heard on the 1993 album “Mezcal Head.”

Of late, Franklin has recorded with his band Toshack Highway and as a solo artist. He’s presently in the midst of a solo outing in support of his recent album, “Bolts of Melody,” and will perform tonight (Oct. 19) in Milwaukee.” [Billboard]

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