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World Premiere: "Yesterday Has Gone Forever" by Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

19 May 2010

The Big Takeover is proud to exclusively premiere the first single off Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody's new LP, I Could Sleep For a Thousand Years, entitled "Yesterday Has Gone Forever."

Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

Longtime readers know that our magazine has championed Franklin since the earliest singles of his incredible band Swervedriver two decades ago, following him through that group’s five LPs and subsequent releases with Toshack Highway, Magnetic Morning, and his own solo outings. Fresh from Swervedriver’s absolutely stunning 2008 reunion tour, Franklin's new, third solo LP is his first to consistently tackle the heavier tones and dense guitar squalls of that venerated Oxford, England foursome—backed by the expert work of his new touring band, Bolts of Melody—while still maintaining shards of the spookier shimmer of last year’s terrific album with Magnetic Morning, AM, and his own solo Spent Bullets.

Consider this a fine teaser for a fantastic LP that has made my Top 10 of our new issue 66. In fact, as a special sneak preview of both the LP and our issue, here's my review of the entire LP, to give you an idea of how this one song relates to I Could Sleep as a whole. And enjoy this track with both my compliments and that of the artist and label, Second Motion! — JACK RABID


Sleep will be released June 29 on Second Motion Records.

Don't miss Adam's exclusive solo performance, and interview with Big Takeover editor/publisher Jack Rabid, airing Wednesday, June 9 on Jack's monthly Rabid In The Kennel show on!

Visit now to watch a video of Adam performing a gorgeous acoustic version of "Yesterday Has Gone Forever," recorded during this memorable session at The Kennel Studio in Brooklyn, NY.



Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody: I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years

Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody
I Could Sleep For a Thousand Years
(Second Motion)
Did the 2008 Swervedriver reunion tour push its leader back in their direction for the first time in 12 years? Since their original 1998 breakup, Franklin has dabbled in electronic music (2000’s eponymous LP as Toshack Highway) and in the last three prolific years, managed three LPs of moody folk-pop under his own name and with Interpol's Sam Fogarino as Magnetic Morning. The last two of these, 2009's solo Spent Bullets and Magnetic Morning's AM were terrific, and now, with his new Bolts of Melody, I Could melds that direction with Swervedriver’s heavier manners. Indeed there are delicate, lighter pieces, such as “Mary Gunn” and “Guernica” (with sly Kinks and Crosby Stills & Nash lyrical references), and slower numbers like “Carousel City” and the ace “Spent Bullets.” But these are akin to Swervedriver’s slower-psych stuff, too. And the faster, louder selections, such as the opening “Yesterday Has Gone Forever,” “I’ll Be Your Mechanic,” “Sinking Ships,” and scintillating closer “Take Me to My Leader” will send old fans into fits of ecstasy, encountering his former churning guitar miasma, tremolo-bar outbursts and effects-whacked power riffs again, while the Bolts bring supple support. Hot damn! (