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M. Gira Live | Review

THE WIRE | DAVID KEENAN

On Location OBLIQUE LU NIGHTS NANTES LE LIEU UNIQUE, France

Things started off on a real high with a solo acoustic set from ex-Swan Michael Gira. Despite only having six strings to fall back on, Gira filled the cavernous hall with the weight of his blues. Caught in a cone of white light in the middle of a pitch-black stage, he contorted his features as he tore vocals from his belly, showering the people nearest the stage in sweat and spit. Whereas Swans dealt in epic melancholy, Gira's new material felt much more intimate, while remaining every bit as physically and emotionally heavy as his earlier amplified rock.
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