Confirm SWN festival for October
'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky'
released on 20th Sept via Young God
SWANS have confirmed the SWN festival (Cardiff) to their upcoming UK tour in October.
Swans will begin touring late September and will continue touring in 2 to 3 week stints for the next 18 months. They have confirmed UK and Irish live dates for October including a headline show at London’s Koko (28th October) and, as well as SWN, an appearance at this year’s Supersonic Festival at Birmigham’s Custard Factory. James Blackshaw will be special guest on all SWANS shows.
After years of pursuing Angels of Light and recording and producing a diverse roster of artists for his Young God label, Michael Gira has decided to reconvene his legendary group Swans. As he says: “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that reviviing the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that. “
The recent reactivation of the band - with the line up of: Michael Gira; guitar, voice, mendicant friar act (original Swans), Norman Westberg: guitar (original Swans), Christoph Hahn: guitar (mid-period Swans and most Angels of Light ), Phil Puleo; drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most of Angels of Light), Chris Pravdica: bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din) and Thor Harris: drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys, etc... (Angels of Light, now also with Shearwater) - promises to be as formidable as the early, brutal and growling noise albums they made their mark with.
MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY is as powerful and diverse as anything Gira’s done, in Swans or otherwise. It opens with the epic, soul-crushing (bone crushing?) No Words/No Thoughts, but quickly veers to more pastoral terrain, then on to ever-ascending mono-tonal grooves, a filmic-folk idyll featuring Devendra Banhart on lead vocal that abruptly shifts to cataclysm, then on to more airplane-taking-off ascensions, art songs, and more lethal sonic pummeling. In short, this new SWANS album, is a significant advance from where Swans left off and as challenging and emotionally demanding as ever.
Increasingly frustrated by the (self imposed) constraints he’d set for himself in Angels of Light, Gira decided that the direction he wanted his music to take would be more appropriate under the moniker of the group he started in 1982 and retired in 1997. Whilst the new album retains an attention to detail in orchestration, and an underlying sense of melody, there’s a deliberate shift towards sonic intensity, relentless, maniacal rhythms and alternately abrasive and soaring waves of electric guitar - qualities those familiar with the ever-changing sonic approach of Swans over the (now first) 15 years of its’ existence will recognize.
MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY
1. No Words/No Thoughts
2. Reeling The Liars In
4. My Birth
5. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
6. Inside Madeline
7. Eden Prison
8. Little Mouth
Additional subsequent overdubs were done later and guests included: Bill Rieflin (long-time Swans and Angels of Light contributor and currently drummer for REM and Robyn Hitchcock). Bill played piano, synthesizer, organ, acoustic and electric guitar, drums/percussion and more;
Grasshopper (Mercury Rev) – Mr. Grass played a swarm of mandolins; Devendra Banhart - sang the lead vocal – accompanied by Gira’s 3 year old daughter, Saoirse – to the song You Fucking People Make Me Sick.
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