Three decades after its thunderous arrival, Swervedriver’s sonic legacy is in the history books. Unfortunately. It has to share space with climate crisis authoritarians
One of the most underrated bands of the ’90s, Swervedriver restored its good, loud name in the ’00s and beyond. This weekend on the west coast, it performs full versions of its twin masterworks: Raise and Mezcal Head.
“Every new band starts out with a blank page and no history.”
Franklin broke down his band’s speculative soundtracking below for fans old and new. Come for the dystopian geekery and cultural esoterica, stay for the spacey rock signatures.
from Femi Kuti to Deerhunter to Juana Molina and onward, there’s a lot of best to best.
But in the end, it was used to describe bands like My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Swervedriver and pretty much anyone else, like drone minimalists Spacemen 3, who didn’t fall into the comfortable confines of easily classifiable music.
The mesmerizing reunion virus infected Hollywood on Saturday night, as Swervedriver’s ax pyrotechnics mind-melded with Film School’s phased anthems at the Henry Fonda.