Although he'll be forever known as the leader of the legendary band Swervedriver, the third album by frontman Adam Franklin (and first with his long-time band Bolts of Melody) makes a convincing argument for the band's relevance on its' own accord.
Following a successful tour with label mates The Church last summer, Franklin & his bandmates quickly entered into Stratosphere Sound in New York and bashed out 12 gems over the fall and early winter of 2009 and have already made several tracks from this collection a part of their live set.
Nestled somewhere between the feel of Big Star and Sonic Youth "Sleep" is a perfect balance of sweet harmonies and breezy guitars, that was prevelant on 2009's critically acclaimed Spent Bullets, but is by far Franklin's most accomplished work yet. All 12 tracks showcase a proper band that has found its nitch and is not afraid to "let it rip" without warning but also is comfortable to just lay back and capture the essence of the moment. This album proves that this is no longer a "solo project" for Franklin but a proper band that has discovered it's own sound. With this being the first under a full band name, I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years, is a stunning debut.
As Michael Toland wrote for The Big Takeover: "No gimmicks, no hip indie rock collaborations, no special event hype -- just a winning collection of melodic songs played with taste and passion." We couldn't have summed it up better ourselves.
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