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Swervedriver is an English alternative rock band formed in Oxford in 1989 around core members Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge amidst the shoegazing movement. During its initial decade-long run, the band released four studio albums and numerous EPs and singles ...

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Swervedriver is an English alternative rock band formed in Oxford in 1989 around core members Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge amidst the shoegazing movement. During its initial decade-long run, the band released four studio albums and numerous EPs and singles despite a considerable flux of members, managers, and record labels. By 1993 the band’s lineup had settled with Franklin on vocals/guitar, Hartridge on guitar, Jez Hindmarsh on drums, and Steve George on bass. They had emerged with a heavier rock sound than their shoegaze contemporaries, and over the next five years it evolved to include elements of psychedelia, classic pop, and indie rock. As they lost their fourth label in as many years, the group dissolved in the beginning of 1999. A continually devoted fanbase of “Swervies” garnered the release of an anthology in 2005 and remastered versions of their first three albums in 2008. Swervedriver reunited for major tours in 2008 and 2012, released its first new single in fifteen years in September 2013, and is recording material for a new album.

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