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Swervedriver was the most rocking band to emerge from Britain’s early-‘90s shoegazing scene. While bands like Slowdive, Chapterhouse and Lush specialized in blissed-out guitar-pop, Swervedriver played louder and sang about muscle cars, cowboys and Satan, all the while retaining the genre’s infectiously wistful melodies. 1993’s Mezcal Head obliterated any possibility of a sophomore slump, especially by the fifth song “Last Train to Satansville” which successfully fused a country-rock narrative on galloping rhythms with their trademark jet-engine sounding guitar blast. Throughout singer Adam Franklin croons with an effortless cool — he balances the brawn of the punchy opener “For Seeking Heat” with naturally aloof inflections. The catchy “Duel,” an instant college radio hit, ignites with propulsive guitars, a sing-along chorus and an unforgettable bridge built with ascending riffs and barbed, melodic hooks. The mid-tempo “MM Abduction” is another standout that borrows howling guitars from Ride’s Nowhere, but the 12-minute “Never Lose That Feeling” is the album’s epic, boasting a Krautrock-inspired sax solo.

Customer Reviews

These were never released!!

I can't believe they just came out with these bonus tracks!! I'm ten years old and I love Swervedriver! This is a great suprise for me and my parents! Thanks Itunes and Swervedriver!!

Just One Other Review?!

This album was first reviewed by a 10 year old who obviously has an ear for excellent music! All of Swervedriver's albums offer so much, and this one is just beyond words. If you can't lose yourself in "Never Lose That Feeling", there's got to be something wrong with you! They captured a sound that was/is second to none. Wow! Bonus songs here are a fantastic surprise. Great to hear more from them! I have the original CD (without the extra last 3 songs) from '93. Thanks Swervedriver!

About time!!!

The bonus tracks were way too overdue! The Hitcher is an awesome song and in my opinion one of the best on this album. I love this band. The sad thing is that they(along with many others from the 90s) never hit the mainstream.


Formed: 1990 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '10s

The band who brought the car song into the shoegaze era, Swervedriver were formed in Britain in 1990 by vocalists/guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, bassist Adi Vines, and drummer Graham Bonner. Fusing the swirling textures of the shoegazer aesthetic with the more traditional boundaries of pop, the group debuted with a series of brilliant EPs -- Son of Mustang Ford, Rave Down, and Sandblasted -- before issuing their full-length debut, Raise, in 1991. After a U.S. tour in support of Soundgarden,...
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