Across the four-album arc of their first era, Swervedriver made music that was all about the journey. They simulated the thrill of propulsion, the euphoric arrival, the anticipation of going back again (or not), of moving on. And move on they did. During 10 years in absentia, the band’s legend grew. A fifth album emerged in 2015, a mere 17 years after its predecessor, and trumpeted some eternal Swervedriver virtues: the intricate, fissile guitar patterns of Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, baked hard then dispatched in giant monolithic waves by a tactile rhythm section including drummer Mikey Jones.
Four years later, Swervedriver present Future Ruins, an album which details a band moving with real time and real life vitality, showcasing new tricks alongside classic hallmarks. The album exhibits Swervedriver’s fabled widescreen escapism, but combined with very real fears of the modern condition. Amongst those tracks are powerful album opener ‘Mary Winter’ and 21st century techno-warfare examining ‘Drone Lover’; both share a foreboding uncertainty of the future - a theme that looms over many of the tracks on the band’s acclaimed record.
May 2019 Tour
Sunday 12th May The Fleece Bristol
Monday 13th May Deaf Institute Manchester
Tuesday 14th May King Tut’s Glasgow
Thursday 16th May O2 Academy Islington London
Friday 17th May O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham