Swervedriver Come To Newcastle

Seminal UK act Swervedriver have announced their return to Australia with a tour promoting their latest album I Wasn’t Born To Lose YouThe band will be stopping in at The Cambridge Hotel on Friday, June 24th.

In 1990 London’s indie-rock guitar scene was developing a distinctive new genre of music: Shoegaze. One band stood out by mixing the sound with the subversive energy of bands such as Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. The combination of US college rock and UK shoegaze gave birth to the band known as Swervedriver.

Their 1991 full-length debut, Raise, is hailed by Pitchfork as an album full of “muscular, scorching guitars” that “still bring the noise like nobody’s business”. After extensive touring and lineup changes, the band recorded their second full-length album Mezcal Head, which included their biggest singles ‘Duel’ and ‘Last Train To Satansville’.

Their highly revered third album Ejector Seat Reservation came out in 1995 but was never released or toured in the US and although the band returned strongly with their 4th album 99th Dream, the energy was dissipating and they imploded at the end of an Australian tour resolving to go on hiatus. No-one really knew if the band actually was on hiatus or had split entirely. Then came an announcement in late 2007 that they would be performing at the following year’s Coachella and heading back out on the road.

In 2013 everything was ratcheted up several notches when Swervedriver released its first single in 15 years, ‘Deep Wound’. Spin Magazine called it a “warm, confidently roiling return” with Mojo adding “those same distorted pop sensibilities remain reassuringly intact”. This was followed by an announcement that the band were heading back to the studio to record their fifth album I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, which was released in Australia through Poison City Records in March of 2015.

Now the iconic band have set their sights on an Australian tour, the same place where they imploded decades ago. Joining the band on the night will be Newcastle’s own East Coast Low and Sydney’s Holy Soul.


Who: Swervedriver
With: East Coast Low, Holy Soul
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Friday June 24th
Tickets: BigTix

Written by Spencer Scott

Spencer is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle. He's also a Triple J Unearthed Super User and writes for many national publications.

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