Swervedriver arrived in San Diego for the first date of a tour in support of their new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You. Absent when they hit the stage was long-time bassist Steve George, who, according to an explanation from singer/guitarist Adam Franklin, “was unable to make it out for this tour.”
The show was a mix of material old and new, with current single “Deep Wound” being an easy highlight from the latter category. The song doesn't rev up the engines like the vintage singles from Raise and Mezcal Head, but it rides a great groove and fits in nicely with their oldies.
In true shoegaze fashion, the crowd swayed as one, listening intently during the songs and then clapping enthusiastically and adding the occasional woo! once they were completed. The venue was so packed I had to wait until the last couple of songs to squeeze into the main room, but I don't think the show “officially” sold out. Having just turned 40, I felt right in the sweet spot of the crowd agewise, but this was no Humphrey’s show.
The stone-cold underground classic “Rave Down” received the most spirited applause from the main set, but the manic “Son of Mustang Ford” finished a close second. The night ended with an epic run through of “Duel,” a song that balances moments of beauty and explosive guitars so effortlessly that it’s amazing it wasn’t a hit in the early ’90s, when sneaky-good songs like this could find their way onto commercial radio and become hits.
- Artist: Swervedriver
- Date: March 4
- Venue: Casbah
- Seats: Floor