Performing for the first time in a big city in a foreign country is a major moment for any artist.
Swervedriver got particularly memorable feedback at its first-ever New York City performance, back in 1990.
The influential alternative band from Oxford, U.K., hadn't even released its debut album before arriving Stateside for the first time. Guitarist Adam Franklin tells Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke that there's one image from that performance that has stuck with him for all these years.
"We played at the Marquee ... the thing that I remember about the show was the fact that we were just stupidly loud," he explains. "There were people down the front — then we came on [mimics power chord sound], and people just moved back.
"But there was one person that stayed at the front, and it was Bob Mould. We were [amazed]. ...He was just there at the front and nobody else was around him, you know, 'cause he could handle it."
Almost 30 years later and dozens of tours later, Swervedriver returned to New York, promoting the band's wistful, bleak new album, Future Ruins, its sixth overall.
"It's almost like, if the world collapses around us and that's the only thing standing for a future generation, or something, they'd probably think, 'Well, what the hell was this?'" Franklin adds, regarding the starkness album artwork.
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