There is something about Oxford, England that just has a knack for pumping amazing cerebral rock. Brit-rcokers, Swervedriver, are no stranger to the scene with four albums under their belt. After reuniting in 2008, and now again in 2011, the band is jumping back into the hearts of their audience. They are playing D.C.’s Rock & Roll Hotel tomorrow night, and they chatted with us before their show.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Adam: Adam & the Ants at the New Theatre Oxford on the Kings of the Wild Frontier tour 1980. As we entered the foyer there were hundreds of pairs of Doc Marten boots lined up everywhere as the management had insisted that all the punks remove them, which was quite ridiculous. I was wearing Adidas sneakers. A rumour went around that there was a skinhead in the gents with a machete and it was a fantastic show.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Jim: Swervedriver, Toronto, 2008: Lee’s Palace. Massive thunder storm outside. Humidity at 100%, a new, desperately needed, air conditioning unit was apparently installed the day after. Sold out show. Everything was drenched and all our guitars changed colour due to the sweat in the air.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
Jim: The Stooges Hammersmith Odeon 2009 with Suicide opening. A great “Raw Power” show – or the earlier show at the same venue where the band played the first two albums.
Gig you would most like to play?
Adam: Primavera would be lovely.
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Steve: Can we play with 1970 Black Sabbath and 1977 Kraftwerk at the Star Club (now Beatpol) in Dresden this time? Thanks – we’re easy about the running order.
Catch Swervedriver this Friday at Rock & Roll Hotel, D.C..