• LIVE REPORT: Swans (The Quietus)

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    Toby Cook gets "sucked down the gloriously uncomfortable rabbit hole once again" as he witnesses two and a half hours of both intensity and restraint at the Roundhouse in London It starts with no more than a murmur. A low, soft hiss, an almost imperceptible resonance that, whilst muted and hushed, seems to charge the very air around you – the first few, almost unnoticed drops of rain and the soft bristle of static that mutes the breeze and gently prickles your skin; the kind of deceptive change in atmosphere and infinitely building, barely tangible sense of complete physical unease that tells you that somewhere, miles and miles out to sea, it's starting to change course, the storm is rolling in – it's coming straight at you and there's nothing you can do about it. You think, you fear, that you know what's about to arrive; you brace, you steady yourself, and you wait for the full, righteous power of the tempest to come crashing into you and to consume you totally. That's how it starts: Not with a bang but with a drone, barely audible at first, but deeply unsettling nonetheless, as Swans' perpetually shirt-adverse percussionist Thor Harris takes......

  • New Swans Tour Dates

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    Just announced a bunch of new Swans dates for 2015, including shows in China, Japan, Australia, the Big Ears Festival in Tennessee and Festival Nrmal in Mexico City.  You can find a full list of tour dates HERE....


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    A remastered edition of SWANS debut studio album, ‘Filth’, is out now on vinyl for the 1st time in years. ‘Filth’ was released in 1983, the album was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.” The vinyl edition of ‘Filth’ will come with two reproduction live posters and is the first in a series of remastered catalogue reissues....

  • Michael Gira/Swans will be curating Mouth to Mouth program at Le Guess Who Fest

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    Michael Gira/Swans will be curating the Mouth to Mouth program of the Le Guess Who? fest in Utrecht, NL this Nov. It is set to feature Wire, Silver Apples, Savages, Ben Frost, Xiu Xiu, as well as a 24-Hour Dronefest that will include William Basinski, Stephen O’Malley, Tim Hecker and more.   Tickets and more info here:   ...

  • SWANS - To Be Kind - Available for Pre Order

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    Young God Records is delighted to announce the release of a new album, To Be Kind, out on May 13, 2014. The album will be released on Young God Records (North America) and Mute in the rest of the world.Pre order your copy now       A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:   Hello There,We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. The release date is set for May 13, 2014. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.The recordings and entire process of this album were generously and perhaps vaingloriously funded......