Swans Announce First U.S. Shows in 13 Years

Swans will be undertaking their first U.S. performances in 13 years, celebrating the Fall release of the first new Swans album since Soundtracks For The Blind (1997).

The album was recorded by Jason LeFarge at Seizure's Palace in Brooklyn and is currently be remixed by Gira with Bryce Goggin (Antony & The Johnsons, Akron/Family) at Trout Recordings.

Recently, Michael Gira decided to Re-activate Swans. Here's what he has to say about that decision at the YGR website: "About reconstituting Swans:?? …there was a point a few years ago during a particular show when I was on tour with Angels Of Light, with Akron/Family serving as the backing band. It was during the song The Provider. Seth's guitar was sustaining one open chord (very loudly), rising to a peak, then crashing down again in a rhythm that could have been the equivalent of a deep and soulful act of copulation. The whole band swayed with this arc. Really was like riding waves of sound. I thought right then, 'You know, Michael, Swans wasn't so bad after all...'

"Ha ha! It brought back - in a flood - memories, or maybe not memories, more a tangible re-emersion in the sensation of Swans music rushing through my body in waves, lifting me up towards what, I can only assume, will be my only experience of heaven. It's difficult - and probably pointless - to try to describe this experience. It's ecstatic, I suppose - a force of simultaneous self negation and rebirth. Really, I probably only experienced this a handful of times to such an extreme extent during the entire 15 year history of Swans.

"All the elements have to align perfectly, and you can't force it, though you might constantly strive for it. I don't mean to be too lofty here, but it's a fact. I'm talking about my own experience of the music (though I'd hope people in the audiences along the way might have experienced a similar episode). When I ask myself if I believe in God, I start to say NO, but then I remember that sensation, and I'm not so sure. So I want more of that, before my body breaks down to such an extent that it won't be possible any more. So I'm doing it."

Swans U.S. tour dates
Sept 28 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocodero Theater
Sept 29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sept 30 Boston, MA @ Middle East downstairs
Oct 01 Montreal, QC @ Le National - Pop Montreal fest
Oct 02 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Oct 04 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
Oct 05 Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge
Oct 08 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Oct 09 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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