Swerve Unveil New Single "I Wanna Be Adored" (Stone Roses Cover), Announce Darkroom EP

Los Angeles-based alt-rock band Swerve has just released a captivating cover of The Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored." The track, now streaming on all digital platforms, serves as a prelude to their forthcoming EP, The Darkroom, set for this past Friday.

Swerve’s take on "I Wanna Be Adored" is a bold reinterpretation, infusing the original's psychedelic elements with their unique blend of '90s alt-rock and Britpop influences. "The Stone Roses made one of my favorite records, and 'I Wanna Be Adored' is their most iconic track," says frontman Greg Mahdesian. "It’s a weird song with minimalist lyrics and psychedelic/rave/rock production, and I’ve never heard a cover of it before. We’ve done plenty of covers live, from The Replacements to Black Sabbath, but we wanted to record one and take it in a new direction."

The band's creative approach shines through in their reimagining of the classic. "Ryan used a baritone guitar, we got inspired by Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age, and I sang the vocals in the dark," Mahdesian explains. Bassist and mixer Brandon Duncan was given free rein to craft a mix that stands out as both inventive and refreshing.

The Darkroom EP follows the success of Swerve’s critically acclaimed album Ruin Your Day, which made waves in 2021 with its dark, politically-charged love songs and hit singles like “Escape” and “Ruin Your Day.” The band's music has been a staple on KROQ’s Locals Only Chart and earned praise from legends like Alice Cooper and Matt Pinfield.

Last month, Swerve dropped the single “Just Pretend” from the upcoming EP, complete with a music video. “'Just Pretend' came together in the studio as we were drinking mezcal and reminiscing about our younger, dumber relationships," Mahdesian shares. "We channeled some post-punk into our Replacements DNA and added a psych breakdown that pulls you into a different headspace before the chorus comes raging back in."

Swerve's evolution is evident in The Darkroom, which explores themes of failing relationships and the desire to be adored. The EP, produced by Adam Lasus and Jessica Rotter, is a reflection on their wilder years and marks a sonic shift towards a leaner, more focused sound.

With "I Wanna Be Adored" already turning heads and The Darkroom set to drop soon, Swerve continues to solidify their place in the alt-rock landscape, blending nostalgia with fresh, innovative energy. Pre-orders for The Darkroom are available now, promising fans a deep dive into Swerve’s distinctive blend of eras and styles.


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