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In the beginning, there was Swans—not a band, not a group, but not devoid of form.
Swans willed darkness in spite of the light, flooding the musical
landscape circa 1982 with a thick fog of blackened ambience and psychedelic sounds from the underworld. Swans saw what it had done and was
pleased. And lo, as Swans walked in the valley of the shadow of success and popularity, it wandered left of the path and abandoned that which it had
created. Such has been the way of the Swans since forever moving forward into uncharted musical territory without looking back or pausing to rest.
For 13 years, founder/producer/vocalist M. Gira and collaborator/vocalist/co-arranger Jarboe have used Swans and related projects as a vehicle for
creating some of the most intense and powerful music ever made. It is exactly Swans' refusal to compromise musically that sets it apart from
myriad bands and artists claiming to be in complete creative control while taking cues and orders from industry "professionals" and artists currently
riding the wave of popularity. Swans, in the meantime, continues to blow minds and break new musical ground. The Great Annihilator, Swans first
release in three years, as usual with a Swans release features many guest musicians. Among them are members, current and past, of Ministry,
Pigface, Material, Prong, Killing Joke, Revolting Cocks and Foetus. Currently touring with Swans are members of American Music Club and Iggy
Pop's latest band. The show opens with Rex, a Brooklyn-based band containing current and former members of Codeine, Vineland and June of '44.
The bands self-titled debut on Southern Record alternates between being minimalist pop and full-bore abrasion. Slide guitar and cello make things
extremely interesting, while various other subtleties invade your brain using a secret code that can't be cracked. You're in for it. Be at the door no
later than 8 a.m. or you won't get in.