Adam Franklin might be flying just under the pop-cultural radar. But the brainy Brit continues to be one of the busiest rockers in the business. Over the past year, the singer-guitarist toured with the artsy collective Sophia; launched Magnetic Morning, a spinoff combo with Interpol’s Sam Fogarino and released a solo set, “Spent Bullets.” His upcoming single, “I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years,” was recorded under the billing Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody. He also recently hit the road with his old outfit, Swervedriver, coinciding with reissues of his 1990s classics “Raise” and “Mezcal Head.”
Did you have any idea you’d be this busy at this point in your career? Well, I didn’t really think about it, I suppose. But it’s good. It’s really good. It’s been a busy sort of time of late, definitely. And in Swervedriver, we certainly didn’t start out thinking of it as a career, the way some people now talk about “Having a career in the music business,” whatever that means. You just did it, really. And if you carry on doing it, you’ll still be here.
How has making music changed for you over the years? It’s kind of gotten easier, actually. I think we make much better records now, a lot cheaper than we used to, because you can actually record things at home — you don’t have to rent out the big studios. And we’re also not on some big label, so the money doesn’t get wasted as much as it used to. And the music itself never goes out of fashion, and it’s getting stripped down to what it’s all about. These days, anybody can get their music out there on a worldwide basis — you can do a home demo, and someone in Australia can download it the next day.
What motivated this surprise Swervedriver reunion? The reunion happened before the reissues happened. But the greatest thing about touring together again was, we felt like we were outside of the music industry, and it was really nice. We had a booking agent, a press agent — we got hold of a bus and did the rest ourselves. So basically, the only responsibility we had was to rock the room every night.
Sounds like you probably could sleep for 1,000 years. I’ve certainly considered that a few times. Like when you roll back home after a tour and you need only one thing — to just collapse for a bit.
IF YOU GO
Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., San Francisco
Tickets: $10 to $12
Contact: (415) 621-4455; www.bottomofthehill.com