Swervedriver Gaze Ahead on First New Song in 15 Years, ‘Deep Wound’
Reunited U.K. band returns with triumphant noise-pop salvo, preps 2014 album
My Bloody Valentine aren’t the only reunited ’90s shoegaze giants dropping new material that advances the spirit of their classic period. Swervedriver, the U.K. swirl-pummelers behind 1993’s influential Mezcal Head, reformed as a touring entity in 2008, and last year the revived group debuted new song “Deep Wound” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Now Swervedriver have shared the proper studio version, which marks their first new recorded material in more than 15 years.
With backing vocals by another shoegaze veteran, Ride’s Mark Gardener, “Deep Wound” is a warm, confidently roiling return that calls to mind the recent work of another formerly defunct band, Sebadoh, as well as contemporary heirs Yuck and Joanna Gruesome. “Picking up the pieces of a long-lost fight,” frontman Adam Franklin sighs aptly, between neatly descending guitar licks that splash up against crashing cymbals. Ride’s Gardener also helped remix the track for its B-side, the fairly self-explanatory, motorik-driven “Dub Wound.”
Stream the tracks below, or watch a video above, which shows the band performing in Seattle’s KEXP studio, draped through various prismatic visual effects. The single, which was available as a 7-inch during Swervedriver’s summer tour, is available on iTunes. The band says a new album is on the way in 2014.