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A brief chat with Swervedriver


Reformed British alt-rockers Swervedriver plays Riot Fest this year, so we chatted with Adam Franklin.R

Yellow Scene: I Wasn’t Born to Lose You is the first new album since 1998 – in your opinion, how does it stack up next to the band’s beloved back catalog?

Adam Franklin: It stacks up hugely well in my opinion. It’s the best album we’ve ever made.

YS: When was the last time you played Colorado? Any good memories?

AF: I’m really not sure the last time Swervedriver was in Colorado. I played Denver a few years back with Bolts of Melody. I can vaguely picture us walking down the street after the show but don’t know what happened next..

YS: Are you looking forward to Riot Fest? It’s quite a bill…

AF: I’ve not seen the full line-up of who’s playing but our good friend and guitar guru Duncan works for the Pixies doing Charles and Joey’s guitars and amps so it’ll be great to see him and them. I know Iggy’s current bass player Ben also, so we’ll be able to have a wee hang there too.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

AF: Well, we haven’t written out a set list yet – any requests? I expect it’ll be some of the new songs mixed with the older material which is what we’ve been playing this year. It all seems to work together nicely. Personally I kind of think we should make a lot of noise and play a twenty minute outro to Duel or something because you may as well try and do something extreme to rouse the daytime crowds. We shall see if that boat floats.

YS: When Riot Fest is over, what’s next?

AF: We head out on tour around the US for four weeks, ending up in Hawaii before flying to Japan for four dates so we’re looking forward to this next leg as you can imagine.

Swervedriver plays Denver Riot Fest; August 28-30; riotfest.org/denver.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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