Failure / Swervedriver: Live at The Masquerade (2019)

March turned out to be a really awesome month for music for this Concerthopper. Started the month off shooting All Them Witches / Plague Vendor (all photos and videos shot exclusively for Imprint Entertainment), Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats / Graveyard / Twin Temple, and Weedeater / ASG / Behitthemeans / Toke. Now we come the final show of the month featuring Failure and Sweredriver. What a way to end March but on a high note. When this tour was announced, I was actually surprised at the pairing but then it kind of made sense after I thought about it. Both bands have had success in producing very creative music over the last few decades with each band’s new release.

Failure is an alternative metal / art rock / space rock band from Los Angeles (1990-1997, 2014-present) that consists of Ken Andrews (vocals/bass), Greg Edwards (guitar/backing vocals), and Kellii Scott (drums). Failure has released five (5) LPs with the latest entitled, In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind (2018). They also have one (1) live album, Failure Planet Live (2017), five (5) EPs, and two (2) compilations: Essentials & Golden. I can still remember the day my friend let me hear Fantastic Planet by Failure. It was a beautiful, intimate record that really grabbed my attention from the start. I still think that this is one of the most underrated albums from the 1990s. If you have not listened to Failure before, follow this link to their Official Soundcloud page and hear them for yourself.

You can view Failure’s set list from this night below:

1.       Segue 11

2.       Solar Eyes

3.       Distorted Fields

4.       Heavy and Blind

5.       Another Space Song

6.       Pillowhead

7.       Smoking Umbrellas

8.       Stuck on You

9.       Undone

10.   Frogs

11.   A.M. Amnesia

12.   Counterfeit Sky

13.   Dark Speed

14.   No One Left

15.   The Pineal Electorate

16.   Heliotropic

17.   Macaque

18.   Screen Man

Swervedriver are an English shoegaze / alt-rock band that formed back in 1989 (1989-1998, 2008- present), with founding members Adam Franklin (vocals/rhythm and lead guitars) and Jimmy Hartridge (lead guitar). Add Mikey Jones (drums/percussion) and Mick Quinn (bass), formerly of Supergrass, and you have the current touring lineup for Swervedriver. The band has released six (6) LPs with the latest entitled, Future Ruins (2019), which is their second album since the band reunited back in 2008. This was my first time seeing Swervedriver but it was not my first time listening to them. To be able to finally see them live was truly an unforgettable moment and I was thrilled when they played “Never Lose That Feeling”. One of my favorite tracks by the band. Follow this link to listen to Swervedriver over at their Official Soundcloud page.

You can view Swervedriver’s set list from this night below:

1.       Mary Winter

2.       Lonely Crowd

3.       MM Abduction

4.       Future Ruins

5.       Setting Sun

6.       99th Dream

7.       For a Day Like Tomorrow

8.       Drone Lover

9.       Good Times Are So Hard To Follow

10.   Never Lose That Feeling

11.   I Wonder?

You can still see Failure / Swervedriver’s 2019 Tour during the following dates (in bold) below:

March 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
March 13 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 14 – Houston, TX @Warehouse Live
March 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
March 17 – Nashville, TN @Basement East
March 19 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
March 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
March 21 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
March 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
March 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
March 25 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
March 27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
March 28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
April 1 – Toronto, ON @ PHX
April 2 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 3 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic
April 5 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 7 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
April 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
April 11 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon
April 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
April 14 – Denver, CO @ Oriental
April 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
April 17 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
April 19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
April 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
April 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

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