We’re very proud to FINALLY be releasing the Shine A Light 7” with Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) covering “Shine A Light” by Wolf Parade and Elm Grove Window by Clientele.
Fans were searching for it. What happened to the “Shine A Light” Wolf Parade cover that was supposed to close the highly anticipated Adam Franklin debut Bolts of Melody? Adam had been closing shows with the song on tour and it was in the press releases for the record, but, upon release, it wasn’t there. Did a recorded version exist?
Then, there it was, posted on myspace. A lush, intimate version of Shine A Light as only Adam Franklin could do it. But, 2 days later it was removed. “Could you put it back?” “Post the mp3?” One fan went so far as to ask whether Adam was too much of a rock star to take 30 seconds to personally send him the .mp3. A slew of responses erupted on the blog.
One note came from long-time Swervedriver fan and White Whale founder, Ryder Havdale. Ryder was friends with Dan Boeckner who’d written Shine a Light, and, sure enough, a light went on…. What if Dan would record a Swervedriver track? A quick call was made and, as it turned out, Dan too was a fan.
We started pre-orders, and were awaiting the Handsome Furs master. Pitchfork did several articles on it. Then, Handsome Furs got real busy. Then Wolf Parade got real busy. There was talk of them having recorded a dance version of Sandblasted. Long story short, they never handed in the track! Who knows if it will ever surface…?
Skip ahead several years ~ Adam then contacted us about putting out a tour 7″ for his next upcoming tour… as SWERVEDRIVER! YES! He suggested we include his (fantastic) cover of The Clientele’s Elm Grove Window on the Shine a Light 7″. Bingo. Swervedriver are playing a slew of dates across the US and will have copies of Shine A Light on clear vinyl with them. Of course it’ll be available digitally too for those of you who miss out on this uber-limited-edition pressing.