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Swervedriver: I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

Album Review

Reunited shoegazing icons return with an unashamed throwback to indie noise rock.

Like sloths emerging from hibernation, the shoegazers are currently pulling back their fringes and dragging themselves out of a decade or two of comatose slumber. Mainstays Slowdive and Ride have both reunited of late as the shoegaze revival has grown far more respect and staying power than the original scene.

Ahead of the Curve (geddit?) were Oxford’s Swervedriver, the grungier end of The Scene That Celebrated Itself, who laced their swirling guitar maelstroms with chunky Smashing Pumpkins noise, sang almost exclusively about gas-guzzling American cars and who reunited back in 2008.

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