Adam Franklin
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Adam Franklin

Adam Franklin
Born7 October 1968
Essex, England
GenresAlternative rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Swervedriver, Toshack Highway, Magnetic Morning, Sophia, Shake Appeal

Adam Franklin (born 7 October 1968) is an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter who is the front-man of the alternative rock band Swervedriver (1989-99, 2007-present) as well as the main creative force behind Toshack Highway (1999-2006) and currently releases records under his own name with his touring band Bolts of Melody. Franklin has released five independent studio albums in addition to three albums and two EPs under the moniker "Toshack Highway". He also sings and plays guitar in Magnetic Morning, a collaboration with Sam Fogarino from Interpol who have released an EP and a full-length album. Franklin is also a longtime member of the Sophia collective.[1]


Adam Franklin (& Bolts of Melody)

Studio albums

Year Album Details[2][3]
2007 Bolts of Melody
  • Released: 26 June 2007
  • Label: Hi-Speed Soul
  • Format: CD
2009 Spent Bullets
2010 I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years
  • Released: 29 June 2010
  • Label: Second Motion
  • Format: LP, CD
2013 Drones & Clones
Black Horses

Singles and appearances

Year Details[2][3] Notes
2004 "Outdoor Miner"
  • Released: November 2004
  • Label: Words on Music
  • Format: CD
From the tribute compilation A Houseguest's Wish: Translations of Wire's 'Outdoor Miner'
2006 S.O.S.
  • Released: 1 October 2006
  • Label: Adam Franklin / Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
Track list:
1. "S.O.S." (ABBA cover)
2. "Son of Sam" (Elliott Smith cover)
2008 "Shine a Light" Wolf Parade cover from the Adam Franklin / Handsome Furs split single
2010 "The Black Angel's Death Song"
  • Released: 14 December 2010
  • Label: Adam Franklin / Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
The Velvet Underground cover
2011 Winter, Winter, Winter
  • Released: 31 December 2011
  • Label: Adam Franklin / Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
Track list:
1. "The Throat of Winter" (T. Rex cover)
2. "Wishful Sinful" (The Doors cover)
2012 "Shine a Light"
  • Released: 28 February 2012
  • Label: White Whale
  • Format: 7" limited clear
Track list:
A. "Shine a Light" (prev. released in 2008)
B. "Elm Grove Window" (The Clientele cover)
"I Want You Right Now (Kosmische Version)"
  • Released 29 March 2012
  • Label: Goodnight Records
  • Format: 7" limited pink
From the Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody / Heaven 7" split with the B-side "Colors in the Whites of Your Eyes" by Heaven
"I Want You Tomorrow"
  • Released: 17 October 2012
  • Label: Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
Instrumental version of "I Want You Right Now (Kosmische Version)" appearing on Hush Delirium - The Taster LP, a sampler of tracks used in the Hush Delirium art & music collaboration project
"California Solo (Band Version)"
  • Released: 1 November 2012
  • Format: digital download
Appears on the soundtrack "California Solo (Original Music from the Motion Picture)"
"California Solo (Waltz Version)"
  • Released 12 December 2012
  • Label: Adam Franklin / Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
Alternate version of the title song from the movie California Solo
2013 "Ramonesland (Instrumental in F)"
  • Released: 1 February 2013
  • Label: Adam Franklin / Bandcamp
  • Format: digital download
Sales from this release donated to the Fund for Danny Lackey

Live studio sessions

Year Details[2][3] Track list / Notes
2005 KEXP Session (NYC)
  • Released: 12 September 2005
  • Format: limited digital download
1. "99th Dream"
2. "The Streets That Spin Off"
3. "Sundown"
4. "Song of Solomon"
2007 KEXP Session (Seattle)
  • Released: 13 July 2007
  • Format: limited digital download
1. "Morning Rain"
2. "Shining Somewhere"
3. "Birdsong (Moonshiner Version)"
4. "Song of Solomon"
  • Recorded in studio at KEXP Seattle for "The Morning Show" with John Richards
2009 A Soundworld of Rain
  • Released: 10 June 2009
  • Label: Adam Franklin
  • Format: digital download
Recorded December 2007 at Jamnow Studios, Tinton Falls, NJ
2010 Rabid in the Kennel Session
  • Released: 9 June 2010
  • Format: digital download
1. "Yesterday Has Gone Forever"
2. "Take Me to mMy Leader"
3. "Spent Bullets"
4. "Lord Help Me Jesus, I've Wasted a Soul"
5. "I Want You Right Now"
6. "Dreaming" (Sophia cover)
  • Recorded at the Kennel Recording Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Toshack Highway

Year Details[4] Notes
2000 Toshack Highway
  • Released: 11 April 2000
  • Label: Catapult / Flower Shop
  • Format: LP, CD
2001 Everyday, Rock'n'Roll Is Saving My Life EP
  • Released: 1 October 2001
  • Label: Space Baby
  • Format: CD
Includes an acoustic 4-track version of Swervedriver's "The Hitcher"
2003 Magnetic Morning Double CD split with Sianspheric
2005 Everyday, Rock'n'Roll Is Saving My Life Vol.2
  • Released: 15 November 2005
  • Label: Sonic Wave Discs
  • Format: CD
Compilation of previously unreleased demos and live recordings from 1995-2005
2006 Birdsong EP
  • Released: 10 February 2006
  • Label: Shifty Disco
  • Format: internet download
Contains two versions of "Birdsong", which later appear on Adam Franklin's debut album Bolts of Melody, and two versions of "Theme from LSD" demo from Everyday, Vol.2
"Syd's Eyes"
  • Released: 26 September 2006
  • Label: Black Mountain Music
  • Format: 7" single
Includes the B-side "Silver Freight Train"

Magnetic Morning

Year Album Details[4]
2007 The Setting Suns EP
  • Released: 18 October 2007
  • Label: DH Records / Friend or Faux Recordings
  • Format: digital download
2009 AM
  • Released: 27 January 2009
  • Label: Friend or Faux
  • Format: LP, CD


  1. ^ "Adam Franklin bio". Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody discography". Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody [discography]". Bandcamp. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Toshack Highway [full discography]". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 2011.

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