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Marañas – SWERVEDRIVER: Future Ruins (Rock Action Records, 2019)

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La intensidad que encontramos en I wasn´t born to lose you (2015) la volvemos a hallar en este nuevo trabajo de los “científicos de las guitarras” como les denomina All Music. Desde luego que es un buen apelativo. Swervedriver son especialistas precisamente en eso, en entretejer esa maraña de arpegios, de hooks y riffs que termina enganchando a cualquier amante del Shoegaze.
Quizás sea éste un disco más sesudo, algo más sentimental, pero no cabe duda de que no defrauda en ningún momento a los fieles de la banda de Oxford.

“Oxford guitar scientists Swervedriver weren’t always the first name to come up in a conversation about ’90s shoegaze, but they were responsible for some of the more inspired sounds to come out of the era, with an ear for the meeting of jangle and noise that bested even the most decorated shoegaze groups. After a lengthy hiatus, the band re-formed in 2008 and offered up the bright and beaming I Wasn’t Born to Lose You in 2015, their first new material in over 15 years. Sixth album Future Ruinscontinues the renewed and awakened character of its predecessor, but finds the band sounding more at home in their reunited state. Swervedriver‘s early material was moody, vaporous guitar rock that felt like watching patches of heat lightning on a drive through the desert. That spirit is very much in tact here, if updated to reflect 30 years of experience and life lived. The grungy album opener “Mary Winter” stacks layers of contrasting guitar tones and drifts between keys in singer Adam Franklin‘s signature approach to off-kilter melodies. Other up-tempo tracks like “Spiked Flower” and “The Lonely Crowd Fades in the Air” highlight Franklin‘s gift for melancholy harmonies and unexpected songwriting turns. There’s an underlying theme of apocalypse running throughout Future Ruins, and it can be difficult to pinpoint if the dystopic collapse gestured at across many of the songs is societal or emotional. The dreamy pop of “Good Times Are So Hard to Follow” skips its gentle melody over lyrics about the end of a love affair before drowning the entire thing in a blanket of fuzz. The album tempers its moments of warm, familiar pop with experiments in dissonance that feel new to the Swervedriver sound. The mid-tempo title track comes on like a cavernous slowcore anthem, but soon introduces clanging processed notes that clash with more subdued tones. The push-pull instrumentation mirrors the song’s lyrics, which again paint a picture of dismal end times. “Everybody’s Going Somewhere and No-One’s Going Anywhere” plods along with jagged echo effects, haunted bells, and a distant spoken narrative hidden under the interlocking lines of electric piano and disruptive guitar outbursts. The ten tracks here are less optimistic than the last album, but also less temperamental than the band’s younger days. The songs feel removed from needing to fit into any overarching identity and take risks that wouldn’t happen if Swervedriver was trying to reinvent themselves or re-create a time long passed. Where I Wasn’t Born to Lose You was electric with the excitement of Swervedriver‘s rebirth,Future Ruins is the sound of a band that’s happy to be back and ready to get down to the business of pushing their sound forward” (All Music)

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15 septiembre, 2019 Posted by | Swervedriver | Deja un comentario

The Lonely Crowd Fades In The Air – SWERVEDRIVER: Mary Winter (Single, Dangerbird Records, 2018)

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Buenos tiempos para los que amamos el Pop de guitarras y el Noise más embriagador. SWERVEDRIVER están de vuelta. Lo hacen con este espacial Mary Winter, un sencillo que adelanta lo que será su nuevo material, a publicar a comienzos de 2019: Future Ruins (Dangerbirds Records, 2018)

“Like many of us, what’s to come has been weighing heavily on frontman Adam Franklin’s mind. “There’s a lot of foreboding with regard to the future on this album,” says Adam. “Space is in there a lot too. In the first song, the character is a spaceman who’s trying to remember what life is really like. Also, it could be about somewhere in the world where winter isn’t like the winter here. A sunny place, but it’s December or January and you’re trying to remember winter. Something’s going on.” That first song is “Mary Winter,” an instantly recognizable blast of Swervedriver afterburners that you can listen to” (Brooklyn Vegan)

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7 noviembre, 2018 Posted by | Swervedriver | Deja un comentario

Swervedriver: I wasn´t born to lose you (Cobraside, 2015)

Time Capsule Trips

Ante un disco de la magnitud de I wasn´t born to lose you (Cobraside, 2015), sencillamente, me quedo con pocas palabras. Emoción, quizás sea el vocablo con el que resumir un trabajo tan majestuoso, tan enorme, tan pulcro, tan genial… Llevo varias semanas escuchándolo y no encuentro nunca el momento adecuado para compartiros mi opinión sobre él. Tengo temor a no ser justo y a no saber encontrar las palabras adecuadas para hablar sobre su grandeza.
Podría deciros que Swervedriver han vuelto tras diecisiete años y lo han retomado prácticamente en el mismo lugar en el que lo dejaron. Como dice mi amigo Carlos de Discos Pensados: “mirando atrás con la vista hacia delante” 
Podría deciros que Swervedriver han conseguido lo que pocos: llegar a un punto de plenitud y madurez tras varios años de silencio, enseñando el camino a bandas como Cheatahs, que beben directamente de sus aguas, de sus guitarras imperiales, de sus distorsiones, de sus riffs inmaculados…
Pues bien, todo ello sale a la luz en I wasn´t born to lose you. Para quienes hemos hecho (o intentado hacer) música es muy difícil facturar temas como Deep wound, Autodidact, Last rites, Setting sun, For a day like tomorrow, English subtitles, Everso
No hay puntos débiles en este disco inmenso. Sólamente emoción, viajes, distorsión, melodías tremendas, un sentido de la musicalidad absolutamente epatante… 
El mejor disco de lo que va de año, sin duda, esta cápsula del tiempo en forma de canciones.

“The reunited four-piece has been playing together again for nearly seven years, and that time shows in the taut rhythms and zippering guitar from founding members Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge. Opener “Autodidact” puts that wizardry on immediate display, the two guitarists sounding like rotating bandsaws at some points and crystalline raindrops at others. The woozy, punchy “Red Queen Arms Race” puts more bass into their blunt fuzz, as Franklin’s vocals get sucked through a black hole and pushed back out the other side along with a distorted blues solo. The elegiac “I Wonder?” pushes a by-the-book shoegaze structure, but the quartet clearly knows how to make hay even in this somewhat faded sunshine.
Rather than fit a grand reunion narrative with their return, Swervedriver sound refreshed yet uncertain what to do next — and they’re alright with that. I Wasn’t Born to Lose Youlikely won’t replace any fan’s favorite Swervedriver album, but much like the entire shoegaze revival, it’s an organic, heartfelt piece meant for those fans as much as the musicians making it” (Consequence of Sound)

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US Late Summer Tour Dates

Late Summer US Tour
08/29 Denver, CO – National Western (Riot Fest) (changed from the 28th)
** cancelled ** 08/29 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge ** cancelled **
08/30 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
08/31 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall
09/01 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
09/02 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
09/04 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
09/05 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
09/06 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
09/08 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
09/09 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
09/10 Ann Arbor, MI – Bling Pig
09/12 Chicago, IL – Douglas Park (Riot Fest)
09/13 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
09/14 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/15 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
09/16 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
09/17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
09/18 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues – The Parish
09/19 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
09/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues – Bronze
09/21 Austin, TX – The Parish
09/23 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
09/24 Las Vegas, NV – TBD (due to Bunkhouse closure)
09/25 Costa Mesa, CA – Maison
09/26 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets (Desert Stars Festival)
09/27 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
09/28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/01 Honolulu, HI – The Replublik

Japan in Fall

10/6 Osaka – SOMA
10/7 Nagoya – APOLLO BASE
10/10 Sapporo – SPIRITUAL LOUNGE

18 agosto, 2015 Posted by | Swervedriver | Deja un comentario

Swervedriver: Deep wound (Single, 2013)

El primer material registrado de Swervedriver en quince años es este tremendo sencillo llamado Deep Wound. Los británicos supieron rodearse de gente de prestigio como Mark Gardener o Albert di Fiore para facturar este potente single a medio camino entre el Grunge y el Noise más contundente. 


18 julio, 2014 Posted by | Swervedriver | Deja un comentario


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