Future Ruins

Swervedriver - Future Ruins
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #535 / 737
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2019 Ratings: #892
January 25, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dangerbird / Label
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Under The Radar

Not only is Future Ruins a welcome addition to the Swervedriver canon. It also fully confirms their reunion was anything but a nostalgia trip.


Whether or not Future Ruins is the record that finally breaks Swervedriver through to the masses, it shows the band are still making their own breakthroughs.


Sixth studio album ‘Future Ruins’ is exquisite, featuring jaw-dropping songs that tap into the human condition and what it means to be alive in 2018.

The Skinny

Bold and ambitious, Future Ruins is deliriously difficult to place, and all the more exciting for it.


The ten tracks here are less optimistic than the last album, but also less temperamental than the band's younger days. The songs feel removed from needing to fit into any overarching identity and take risks that wouldn't happen if Swervedriver was trying to reinvent themselves or re-create a time long passed.

Northern Transmissions

The band are able to carve out fun songs but often with many familiar moments to them. Though the talent is there, Swervedriver will need to take more risks to wow us in the future.

The 405

Future Ruins centres on the political climate in which it was made; Swervedriver are clearly pissed off with how things are, a theme which drips from every fibre of this body of work. It is in this overall tone that the album suffers, as there is little let up in this negativity as an all-encompassing feeling of suffocation takes hold of the listener.

Drowned in Sound

Ultimately, this is yet another solid entry into Swervedriver's impressive back catalogue, but there is perhaps only so long they can keep running their sound into the ground.

Spectrum Culture

In trying to make listeners confront dark times, Swervedriver has only made an album that will bore before it has the intended impact.

God Is in the TV

Despite a strong start it’s mostly a chore to listen to, and sounds like it was a chore to make.

Honestly this modern shoegaze revival movement is one of the most exciting things to me at the moment, and while Swervedriver aren't my favourite band from the genre, I can't deny that this album is a pretty well made and much more driven shoegaze album. Old shoegaze bands that have been adapting their styles to fit with the times as opposed to being stuck in limbo is what I really like about this revival. You have bands like Slowdive that have been going for a much softer and melodic approach ... read more
For those who don't know, Swervedriver could be seen as the "no shits to give" shoegaze act back in the "golden age" of shoegaze. 'Raise' was an action packed debut album and the shoegaze classic 'Mezcal Head' traded a tad bit of melody for more grit showing that shoegaze could be wild as it can be dreamy. Swervedriver eventually faded out like many of the bands in the scene at the time. Now that bands like Slowdive, MBV, Ride and even Lush are back in the name of the ... read more
I sleep.
Favorite tracks: Spiked Flower
not that great overall but nostalgia prods me to rate it higher than it probably deserves. on the plus side a few very good songs that in the entire context of their work stand up pretty well.
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Track List

  1. Mary Winter
  2. The Lonely Crowd Fades In The Air
  3. Future Ruins
  4. Theeascending
  5. Drone Lover
  6. Spiked Flower
  7. Everybody's Going Somewhere & No-One's Going Anywhere
  8. Golden Remedy
  9. Good Times Are So Hard To Follow
  10. Radio-Silent
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Added on: November 16, 2018