Ex-Swervedrive Member Adam Franklin To Release Solo Album
By: Eric Mansbach Adam Franklin, formerly of shoegazer legends Swervedriver, is releasing his first solo effort under his own name. Set to premier on June 26th, Bolts of Melody draws less on the familiar sounds of Franklin’s swirling psychedelic guitar and feedback-laden past, instead returning to more basic acoustic-driven songs with lyrics reminiscent of Elliott Smith.
Since the members of Swervedriver parted ways in 1999, Franklin has released six albums under the moniker Toshack Highway. Those albums featured music somewhat similar to the heavy, grunge-oriented space-pop of his former band with only some acoustic tracks scattered in. Franklin increasingly incorporated a simpler, folk-driven sound in later Toshack albums. Building on this trend, the majority of tracks on Bolts of Melody are acoustic. On “Shining Somewhere,” Franklin sounds like his Hi-Speed Soul label-mates Nada Surf, or perhaps Heatmiser before Elliott Smith’s departure in 1996. On other tracks, such as “Song of Solomon,” Franklin and his sorrow-laden and soft-spoken lyrics channel the painfully shy Nick Drake. Franklin also pays tribute to one his heroes, the late Syd Barrett, former deranged singer of Pink Floyd, with the song “Syd’s Eyes.”
In addition to his debut release, Franklin is also in collaboration with Sam Fogarino, drummer from Interpol, as they record songs for a two-piece project entitled Setting Suns. Some tracks are available at their Myspace page. Franklin will also be performing in Toronto on June 7th, with further U.S. tour dates to be announced.
Adam Franklin: Bolts of Melody Track List 01 Seize the Day
03 Morning Rain
04 Song of Solomon
05 Theme from LSD
06 Shining Somewhere
07 Birdsong (Moonshiner Version)
08 Canvey Island Baby
09 Syd's Eyes
10 Walking in Heaven's Foothills
12 Morning Rain (Return)