Famed 90’s veterans Swervedriver have released their first song in three years. From the get-go, ‘Mary Winter’ swells with the distinctive, textured guitar that is in every one of their songs, keeping with the theme of dreamy and atmospheric vocals shrouded in guitars, and making it impossible to mistake this for any other band. While this release does nothing different per se, it still serves as a treat for old fans who like to know their beloved sound is still there, unchanged. And sometimes, that’s much needed.
Duel, their most successful song to date, has much of the same distinctive guitar line heard in ‘Mary Winter’, and utilizes a lot of the same atmospheric effects. Although Duel’s entire album (and subsequent albums) were released to only moderate success, Swervedriver has fortunately continued to forge on. It was likely a reason the band first decided to split, going on a long and indefinite hiatus in 1998, which was fortunately broken in 2015 with the release of new music.
This is not the first time in recent years we’ve heard from Swervedriver, however. 2017 saw them reunite for a month-long North American tour, where they played Raise and Meszcal Head in its entirety, marking the first time they’d ever played their first two albums live anywhere in North America.
“In ‘Mary Winter’, the character is a spaceman who’s trying to remember what life is really like,” vocalist Adam Franklin says of the track. “There’s a lot of foreboding with regard to the future on this album.”
Their new album, Future Ruins, a follow up to 2015’s I Wasn’t Born to Lose You, will be out January 25, 2019 via Rock Action.
Listen to ‘Mary Winter’ below, available now on all platforms!
‘Future Ruins’ tracklisting:
1 Mary Winter
2 The Lonely Crowd Fades In The Air
3 Future Ruins
5 Drone Lover
6 Spiked Flower
7 Everybody’s Going Somewhere & No-One’s Going Anywhere
8 Golden Remedy
9 Good Times Are So Hard To Follow