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Postby Marsupialized on Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:03 pm

They do suck, just a boring bullshit rock band with no hooks and nothing to set them apart like ten million others
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Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:12 pm

I actually still like their records.

However, they're a better singles band. They're albums aren't too consistent, at least Mezcal Head isn't.

However, the good songs on Mezcal Head- For Seeking Heat, Duel, MM Abduction, etc...- are fucking good.

However, for some reason they chose to play Duress live, and that song bores the fuck outta me.

Same could be said of Raise, Ejector Seat Reservation and 99th Dream. I wouldn't say they suffer from a lack of hooks. I mean, if you get a chance, maybe gives songs like The Birds, How Does It Feel to Look Like Candy, Electric 77....shit...they've actually got a lot of good songs.

Apparently, they just don't give a shit about playing them live. Also a shame, because their records give you the feeling that they were giving big guitar atmospherics a Stooges punch.

Oh well...their show won't ruin the records for me, really. But it did suck.
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Postby joelb on Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:38 pm

Fuck it's weird how the same show can be so different to different folks. I thought they tore it up. Best part: drummer jumping out of his "throne" at the end of "Blowing Cool," smiling ecstatically and pointing his sticks at the equally ecstatic bassist. Assumed they nailed a part they'd screwed up previously. Seeing such uninhibited glee made it hard not to enjoy.

Mezcal Head inconsistent? "Duress" boring? I'm aghast.
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Postby John George Peppers on Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:33 pm

I've tried to enjoy this band. I've given them many chances.

I do not like this band.
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Postby Dazzling Killman on Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:24 am

Crap...i listened few records of them...only one was almost ok...the rest was awful
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Postby ssakmule on Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:56 am

The MayorofRockNRoll wrote:I actually still like their records.
However, they're a better singles band. They're albums aren't too consistent

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Postby mr.arrison on Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:56 am

many of my friends really like them and I am about half way down the block in agreement. I think they are alright.

my waffle:

Production was always irritating and I can't stand the the drums.

Often they sound like the overproduced British variant of You're Living All Over Me-era Dinosaur Jr., with safer guitar tones, being fronted by Lenny Kravitz before he started giving blowjobs to dogs.

"Rave Down" while being a great tune just sounds like an awful, dated name for a song. I suspect without studying them that the lyrics are just awful. Still, not bad overall. And Adam Franklin does some great stuff with the guitar, even if the production buries the dynamics and excitement in a wash of compression and limiting.

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Postby The MayorofRockNRoll on Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:19 am

mr.arrison wrote:many of my friends really like them and I am about half way down the block in agreement. I think they are alright.

my waffle:

Production was always irritating and I can't stand the the drums.

Often they sound like the overproduced British variant of You're Living All Over Me-era Dinosaur Jr., with safer guitar tones, being fronted by Lenny Kravitz before he started giving blowjobs to dogs.

"Rave Down" while being a great tune just sounds like an awful, dated name for a song. I suspect without studying them that the lyrics are just awful. Still, not bad overall. And Adam Franklin does some great stuff with the guitar, even if the production buries the dynamics and excitement in a wash of compression and limiting.

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I'm mostly in agreement with you, esp. re. the production which, yeah, made a lot of the records sound like Jane's Addiction's Dino Jr. record. This was also a weakness live, as all that compression just meant kinda not very bracing volume.

Thing is, Adam Franklin is actually a great singer, and his voice is what makes the band most of the time. And, bored and boring as he might be presence-wise, his voice does sound good live.
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Postby BadComrade on Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Marsupialized wrote:I've obviously never heard Swervedriver



Oh, and the show at Metro the other night did not suck.

The only thing I can say -did- suck was when I moved to the center of the room to say hello to Rich from Bear Claw. The sound over there was horrible. Made me feel totally disconnected from the show. Sounded like the PA was a block -behind- the audience and also at the end of a tunnel when I was standing there. After the one song I stood there for, I moved back to being 2 feet away from the right speaker stack, and it once again sounded like one of the best mixed / sounding shows I've ever seen in that place.

The interaction between the guitars was great. I've never liked that 2nd drummer and 2nd bass player as much as the first ones, but they've been in the band far longer than the first ones, so whatever.

If you think that show sucked, you were either standing in the wrong place, drunk, or you've been listening to boring, "angular", aggressive, textbook noisy indie rock for far too long.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby HB Strut on Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:11 pm

They're playing over by Taste of Randolph on June 18.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby noise&light on Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:24 am

HB Strut wrote:They're playing over by Taste of Randolph on June 18.


Scheduled for 8:30pm.

http://tasterandolph.com/schedule/
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby Andy on Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:14 am

Threw on Raise for the first time in forever, reminded how much I love it. Found the "Son of Mustang Ford" video on YouTube and one of the comments couldn't be more apt: "This song is the 'Ace of Spades' of shoegaze!"
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby El Protoolio on Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:55 am

I have never heard them but whenever I see the name I think I see "Skrewdriver".

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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby BobbyPeru on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:22 pm

friday March 30th at R&R Hotel in Dc.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby four_oclocker_2 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:19 pm

The boys were on Fallon last night playing "Mustang Ford." It sounded pretty loud. Very excited for the Boston show on Thursday.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby Andy on Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:31 pm

April 3 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago

http://www.songkick.com/artists/520190-swervedriver
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby noise&light on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:49 pm

Very much looking forward to this.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby BobbyPeru on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:31 am

Anyone know anything about Heaven? They're opening tonite.. not sure if its worth getting there for their set.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby four_oclocker_2 on Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:50 am

BobbyPeru wrote:Anyone know anything about Heaven? They're opening tonite.. not sure if its worth getting there for their set.


I felt indifferent about Heaven, but some of the folks I was with really dug them.

but HOLY SHIT Swervedriver was amazing last night. Even better than the Chicago show this summer. They even whipped out a GBV cover in the middle of their set.
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Re: Band: Swervedriver

Postby noise&light on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:19 pm

Ooo! What song did they cover?
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