SWANS
The Seer

Release Date:  27th August 2012
Label: Young God Records
Formats: 2x Digipack CD / 3xLP / DL

(This album is also available via http://younggodrecords.com   as a special edition that includes a Swans Live DVD) 


 
Tracklisting: 
01. Lunacy 
02. Mother of the World  
03. The Wolf  
04. The Seer  
05. The Seer Returns  
06. 93 Ave. B Blues  
07. The Daughter Brings the Water  
08. Song for a Warrior  
09. Avatar  
10. A Piece of the Sky  
11. The Apostate
 
Total Running Time: approx. 2 hrs.
 
 

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(included in special edition of The Seer
 
 
 
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SWANS
CONFIRM UK/EU Dates for November 
The Seer
Released on 27th August via Young God Records


The Swans, who release their long-awaited new album, The Seer in August, are please to confirm  an extended run of US dates as well as UK and European shows (with support coming from Sir Richard Bishop) for November including a show at London’s Koko on 15th November. 
Confirmed NEW Swans Dates
For Full US/ UK/ EU tour dates click HERE
 
** 10-Oct New York NY Bowery Ballroom
** 11-Oct Boston MA Paradise Rock Club
** 12-Oct Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage
** 13-Oct Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
** 14-Oct Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre
** 16-Oct Orlando FL The Social
** 17-Oct West Palm Beach FL
** 18-Oct Tallahassee FL Club Downunder
** 19-Oct Atlanta GA Terminal West
** 23-Oct St Louis MO Firebird
** 24-Oct Chicago IL Cabaret  Metro
** 25-Oct Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
** 26-Oct Montreal QC La Tulipe
01-Nov Reykjavik Iceland Iceland Airways Festival
## 15-Nov London UK Koko
## 16-Nov Glasgow UK The Arches
## 17-Nov Manchester UK Sound Control
## 19-Nov Paris FR Le Trabendo
## 20-Nov Nijmegen NL Doornroosje
## 21-Nov Haarlem NL Patronaat
## 22-Nov Hamburg DE Kampnagel
## 23-Nov Copenhagen DK Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal
## 24-Nov Oslo Parkteatret
## 27-Nov Prague CZ Lucenra Music Bar
## 28-Nov Vienna, austria Au Arena Big Hall
## 30-Nov Bologna IT Locomotiv
## 02-Dec Kortrijk BG De Kreun- Sunns curator festival
## 03-Dec Bern C Reitschule Gross Halle
## 04-Dec Lausanne CH Les Docks




**Support from A Hawk & a Hacksaw
## support from Sir Richard Bishop
 
FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.  
 
The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.
 
Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my goal is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a fluffy kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!

FULL CREDITS:
 
SWANS: Michael Gira - voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, casio, sounds;  Norman Westberg – electric guitar, voice; Christoph Hahn – lap steel guitars; electric guitar, voice; Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, hammer dulcimer, voice; Thor Harris – drums, percussion, orchestral bells, hammer dulcimer, handmade violin thing, vibraphone, piano, clarinet, voice; Christopher Pravdica – bass guitar, voice, incredible handshake. Honorary Swan: Bill Rieflin – piano, organ, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, casio, synthesizer, bass guitar, voice, bird idea….

SPECIAL GUESTS:  Karen O – lead vocal on Song for a Warrior (Karen appears courtesy Interscope Records); Al and Mimi of Low – co-vocals on Lunacy; Jarboe – backing vocals and voice collage on Piece of the Sky and backing vocals on The Seer Returns; Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen (Akron/Family) – backing vocals on Piece of the Sky; Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella of Big Blood – accordion, vocals, dulcimer, guitar, piano and assorted other instruments on the Seer Returns; Sean Mackowiak (the grasshopper) – acoustic and electric mandolins, clarinet, various songs; Ben Frost – fire sounds (acoustic and synthetic) on Piece of the Sky; Iain Graham – bagpipes on The Seer ; Bruce Lamont – horns on The Seer; Bob Rutman – steel cello on The Seer; Cassis Staudt – accordion various songs; Eszter Balint – violin, various songs; Jane Scarpatoni – cello various songs; Kevin McMahon – additional drums on the Seer Returns, electric guitar, sounds on various songs; Bryce Goggin – piano on Song for a Warrior ; Stefan Rocke – contra bassoon on the Seer
 
Produced by Michael Gira.

Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, by Kevin McMahon, assistants Marco and Boris, and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY, by Kevin McMahon. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY, engineer: Bryce Goggin, assistant: Adam Sachs.

Mixed by Kevin McMahon at Marcata.

Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose Berlin. Pre-mastering by Jamal Ruhe at West Westside Music…

Artwork: Paintings and Swans photo portraits by Simon Henwood. Art direction and design: M.Gira. Layout by Earl Kuck at Revolver. Photo adjustments by David Clark Perry…

This album is also available as a special edition that includes a Swans Live DVD (at younggodrecords.com <http://younggodrecords.com>  and live concerts). DVD Credits: Directed, filmed and produced by Simon Henwood and Marco Porsia. Edited by Marco Porsia. Additional cameras: Rodney Ascher, Dan Knight, Phi Tidy, Alessandra Romeo.
 
Praise for ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope To The Sky (2010)
 
“The Swans are currently the greatest rock band on the planet…” The Quietus
 
“[Gira] is looking for beauty, pure and simple, unfettered by meaning or standard songwriting notions of emotional resonance.” – The Wire

“a majestic return and, let us hope, a harbinger of more to come.” BBC
 
“The rule book is torn up and incinerated here, but this shouldn’t even be a surprise, considering that’s what Swans made a career doing. Surprise! Swans aren’t dead.” FACT

“pleasing proof they can outstrip even the most fearsome reputation.” The Guardian

 “Swans beauty is best with great beauty, black wings to another world” NME
 
“Swans are alive, utterly. A terrible beauty is reborn” The Wire
 
“Monstrous, beautiful, satisfying” Mojo
 
“… For the last two years, one of the world's most bellicose bands has paid respect to its legacy largely by leaving it alone and tried to expand it by testing its old limits. Here, they do just that, beating past successes with the purpose of the present and showing that... this is exactly the kind of forward-pointing roadmark Swans deserve.” Pitchfork  
FULL SWANS TOUR DATES
 
03-Aug Berlin DE Berghain
05-Aug Katowice PO OFF! Festival
09-Aug Sibnek Croatia Terreano Festival
10-Aug Gothenburg SW Way Out West Festival
11-Aug Helsinki Finland Flow Festival
* 06-Sep Vancouver BC Venue
* 07-Sep Seattle WA Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
* 08-Sep Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
* 10-Sep San Francisco CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
* 11-Sep Los Angeles CA The Music Box
* 12-Sep Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom
* 14-Sep Austin TX La Zona Rosa
* 15-Sep Houston TX Fitzgerald’s  Upstairs
* 16-Sep Dallas TX Trees
* 18-Sep Oklahoma City OK ACM Performance Lab
* 19-Sep Kansas City MO Beaumont Club
* 20-Sep Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
* 21-Sep Minneapolis MN Fineline Music Cafe
* 22-Sep Milwaukee WI Shank Hall
* 24-Sep Denver CO Gothic Theater
** 10-Oct New York NY Bowery Ballroom
** 11-Oct Boston MA Paradise Rock Club
** 12-Oct Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage
** 13-Oct Philadelphia PA Union Transfer
** 14-Oct Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre
** 16-Oct Orlando FL The Social
** 17-Oct West Palm Beach FL
** 18-Oct Tallahassee FL Club Downunder
** 19-Oct Atlanta GA Terminal West
** 23-Oct St Louis MO Firebird
** 24-Oct Chicago IL Cabaret  Metro
** 25-Oct Toronto ON Lee’s Palace
** 26-Oct Montreal QC La Tulipe
01-Nov Reykjavik Iceland Iceland Airways Festival
## 15-Nov London UK Koko
## 16-Nov Glasgow UK The Arches
## 17-Nov Manchester UK Sound Control
## 19-Nov Paris FR Le Trabendo
## 20-Nov Nijmegen NL Doornroosje
## 21-Nov Haarlem NL Patronaat
## 22-Nov Hamburg DE Kampnagel
## 23-Nov Copenhagen DK Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal
## 24-Nov Oslo Parkteatret
## 27-Nov Prague CZ Lucenra Music Bar
## 28-Nov Vienna, austria Au Arena Big Hall
## 30-Nov Bologna IT Locomotiv
## 02-Dec Kortrijk BG De Kreun- Sunns curator festival
## 03-Dec Bern C Reitschule Gross Halle
## 04-Dec Lausanne CH Les Docks
* Support from Xiu Xiu
**Support from A Hawk & a Hacksaw
## support from Sir Richard Bishop
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