Posted in music | pictures on April 9, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Swervedriver @ Bowery Ballroom
Swervedriver

"...Simply put, from the first note of opening stunner "Last Train to Satansville" (from 1993's Mezcal Head), Swervedriver dominated. A sonic tour de force dominated by vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin and tour fill-in drummer Mikey Jones (who did a TREMENDOUS job filling in for Graham Bonnar, who played with them last year but couldn't play on this tour) and augmented nicely by guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and bassist Steve George, most of this show saw Swervedriver stick to the raw, guttural, heavy punch of its first two Lps (1991's Raise and the aforementioned Mezcal Head). In addition to absolutely smashing versions of Raise-era singles like "Sandblasted," "Son of Mustang Ford" and Rave Down", we also got deep cuts like "Deep Seat," "Pile Up" and even the B-side "Scrawl and Scream". Mezcal Head was represented by a pile-driving version of "Never Lose That Feeling" along with "Girl on a Motorbike" (the first song played in the encore) and set closer "Duel". There were only several songs played from later albums (the best of which was a stunning version of Ejector Seat Reservation's "Son of Jaguar E") and "The Birds" (the finest song in their catalog, at least in this writer's estimation) didn't work quite as well as some of the other, earlier, fiercer material..." [The Big Takeover]
Swervedriver and Heaven have now completed their short tour that brought them to Bowery Ballroom on 3/31. Here are some pictures from that NYC show. More of them (including the headliner's setlist), below...

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Comments (19)

the big takeover's main contribution to the world: a shitload of parentheses

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 11:45 PM

I fuckin' love Swervdriver, but c'mon dudes, can you dress like you give a fuck? I mean, why not just have peanut butter stains on your pants? Pizza grease stains on your shirts? You gentlemen look like sacks of shits. You used to be cool. Grow out, what you can of, your hair. Put on some sunglasses. Fuckin' go for a job you chubby bastards. Jesus, tuck your shirts in!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:13 AM

one of the best bands of all fuckin' time!!! I am so happy to see them again...

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:53 AM

The Big Takeover is the best music magazine in existence 11:45.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 8:48 AM

Who cares how they dress, 12:13?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 8:49 AM

12:13 - Swervedriver were never a fashion band clown...and if Adam could grow his hair out without looking silly, I'm sure he probably would. Sorry they don't pass your fashion muster but hey...let's wait and see how you look and what you're doing with your life when you're pushing 50.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 9:01 AM

Just because you're pushing 50, doesn't mean you shoud look like a slob. There are many musicians/civilians who still hold themselves together, so it can be done.

And you can't tell me that they didn't look fashionable in the Son of a Mustang Ford video. They used to care about looking alright, that's all I'm saying.

They don't have to look like the Horrors, but try to raise the bar from the Pixies please.

Cheers

Posted by 12:13 | April 10, 2012 9:45 AM

Yeah um like the first thing I think about when a band gets a reunion on is how they dress. Piss off fool

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 9:45 AM

12:13/9:45 - The Pulp thread is next door mate...and this is coming from a guy who can appreciate a fashionable band. It's just that I don't expect nor am looking for that from Swervedriver.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 10:52 AM

Wire is the best music mag, 8:48.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 11:09 AM

i walked right out as soon as he came on stage with that t-shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 11:30 AM

I walked out as soon as I saw how fat and sloppy their new drummer is.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 11:43 AM

^Finally some people who make sense on this site.

These people are supposed to be entertainers. There is nothing entertaining about sloppy dressers.

Wise moves to walk out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:06 PM

walk out show for sure

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:22 PM

The members of Swervedriver are BV readers, and when they saw the pics of TV On The Radio dressed like slobs at Radio City they assumed that was how everyone dressed in NYC.

Now can we please focus our comments on the hot bartender. I like her style.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:23 PM

It'd be nice if a band that plays music as sweet as this looked a little better dressed in order to better complement the music (as far as I'm concerned).


Buuuuut... some of you people are caricaturishly making too much of a big deal about this. I'd have to assume that those people don't have enough of a life to get over being a shut-in, much less go out to shows here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 12:25 PM

is that guy holding a fucking ipad up?! a new low, people.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:46 PM

also, i wish i could have made this show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2012 1:50 PM

this is epic

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:36 PM

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