It’s a good thing The Woodward Theater’s walls remain unpainted, because shoegaze survivors Swervedriver would peel it right off. The English quartet recorded four LPs (including the classic Mezcal Head) before disbanding in 1998, and in 2008 joined a long list of alt-rock reunions at Coachella. They’re two weeks removed from the release of I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, their first new album in 17 years. It’s a slice of classic Swervedriver, filled with wobbly Jazzmaster vibratos and amplifiers pushed to the breaking point. Guitarists Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge are both original members, and their hazy roaring interplay makes up the band’s signature sound. Los Angeles band Gateway Drugs opens the show, and their psychedelic jangly pop comes straight out of a Byrds record gone deliciously wrong.
Swervedriver with Gateway Drugs
The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St., OTR
8:00 PM, 7:00 PM doors, 21+
$12 advance, $15 day of show