Today we’re listening to “Spiked Flower” by Swervedriver
When I was in school, I used to find myself playing the role of hype man for various bands I liked.
Once I found one, I was persistent (or obnoxious, depending on your perspective). When Swervedriver released Raise in 1991, it felt revelatory, like a breakthrough. No easy feat in a crowded field of what was the best year ever for music.
Even more so given the then-cluttered mass of what we’d eventually come to call shoegaze. Swervedriver had a harder, more fuzzed-out edge to their sound than, say, Ride or any of their peers did.
Long story short, I loved it, kicked into high gear, and rarely shut up about them.
And then, like many bands from that era, they went silent.
Of course, like many groups from back then, they reunited, reanimated, and started releasing new work. And here I am again touting the band- albeit with a newer, fresher sound.
The fuzz is still there, but there’s more propulsion and less shoegazing. “Spiked Flowers” sounds like a song the Bizarro World version of the Wallflowers might make. That’s not a terrible thing.
Give it a spin, and let me know if they’re worth the hype.
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“Everybody’s Going Somewhere & No-One’s Going Anywhere” takes the form of a dystopian lullaby while “Drone Lover” uses wordplay about technological warfare interspersed with sludge driven riffs to hammer home its sentiment. Elsewhere, “The Lonely Crowd Fades in the Air” provides the axis for a meeting point between The Clash and The Supremes alongside “Spiked Flower” and “Good Times Are So Hard to Follow,” two straight up pop bangers that would be certainties for primetime radio airplay in a parallel universe.
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“Spiked Flower” by Swervedriver | Future Ruins, 2019
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