Swervedriver played a great set in Edmonton last week. There was a small turnout but it made it more surreal and intimate. When it was over, the venue kicked everyone out in a hurry to set up for an EDM show, but the band joined the fans outside on the street to meet, chat, and take photos. Pure class. Got to talk nonsense and have a smoke with Adam Franklin.
I remember seeing SWD for the first time in '98 in Winnipeg, Canada. Adam was in a bad mood. Sound quality was crap. Leading guy from Sianspheric, who they were touring with, had left the band a couple of days before. They cut the show short, didn't play "Never Lose That Feeling", perhaps my fave track of theirs. Yes, I know it has that sax stuff in the end. I always hated fucking sax. Sax does not belong in rawk'n roll. Trumpet? maybe. Cello? fuck yes!!! Anyway, forgiven in NLTF. Worse yet, it WAS on the set list. Then they went on hiatus and I thought I would never get to hear NLTF live. The earliest reunion shows were too far from me, so missed out on those. Then I saw them turn up on Jimmy Fallon a couple of years ago. Tour dates were mentioned and a week later I drove 12 hours to see them in Portland. I finally got my NLTF fix. It was fucking bliss. Thanks to the dude that parted with the set list upon hearing my tale. I owe you brother. And for fuck's sake, give NLTF some love.