Next up in the Vendetta Archives is a shoegazing special with two of the pioneers of the UK scene, Ride and Swervedriver. Both groups were on Creation Records and both hailed from Oxford. Ride recently reformed after a twenty-year hiatus and I was lucky enough to see them in Detroit last year. The first time I saw them play was in 1991, also in Detroit, so it was a real homecoming of sorts. Swervedriver never really went away but they definitely took a hiatus. I’ve seen them several times over the past few years and have also seen a few Adam Franklin shows with some of his other projects. Swervedriver, of course, released their first album since ’97 last year, the spectacular I Wasn’t Born To Lose You.
The following interview with vocalist/guitarist Mark Gardener took place in 1991 for a fanzine I co-published when I lived in Michigan — the zine went defunct when I decided to move to Ireland and this interview never got published until 2001 when I decided to include it as a tribute to the then new Ride box set! The chat with Mark took place as the band was on their first US Tour to support the debut Nowhere!
I interviewed Swervedriver twice for Vendetta. The first chat took place with bassist Steve George in 1997 conjunction with the release of their fourth album 99th Dream. The second interview in 2002 was with vocalist/guitarist Adam Franklin. A long Los Angeles to London transatlantic phone call where Adam assures me that Swervedriver haven’t broken up! He certainly was right!