CONFIRM UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2010
INCLUDING SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL
“UNDOUBTEDLY one of the most extreme acts to emerge from the New York No Wave scene, “ Mojo
“Swans, if you've not had the pleasure, were one of the most fearsome and challenging of the groups to emerge from America's post-punk underground – a band next to which even the mangled-guitar dissonance of their close contemporaries Sonic Youth sounded tame” Guardian
Headed by Michael Gira, the infamous SWANS, have confirmed UK and Irish live dates for October including a headline show at London’s Koko (28th October) and an appearance at this year’s Supersonic Festival at Birmigham’s Custard Factory. James Blackshaw will be special guest on all SWANS shows.
The band are currently in the studio recording their brand new full-length to be released via Young God later in the year. More details will follow.
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.
21-Oct Cork Cyprus Avenue special guest: James Blackshaw
22-Oct Dublin Button Factory special guest: James Blackshaw
24-Oct Birmingham Supersonic Festival special guest: James Blackshaw
25-Oct Glasgow Arches special guest: James Blackshaw
27-Oct Brighton Concorde 2 special guest: James Blackshaw
28-Oct London Koko Theatre special guest: James Blackshaw
29-Oct Leeds Uni Stylus special guest: James Blackshaw
30-Oct Manchester Academy special guest: James Blackshaw
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A Letter from Michael Gira:
I have decided to focus my energy on Swans once again. I'm reactivating that project. A new album is in the works, and touring will follow in fall of 2010.
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.
Naturally, some of the material for this new record will be songs, centered around the voice and words. Other parts (I’m hoping) will be reaching for what I’ve described above. One thing I want to point out right now: 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 revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that. I’ll be using what I learned in the last several years to inform the way this new material develops, while carrying forward from where Swans left off with its final album Soundtracks For The Blind, and in particular, Swans Are Dead. If you have expectations about how Swans should be, that’s your business, but it would be a disservice to both of us if I were to make music with your needs in mind, and the music would certainly suffer as a result. In any event, I certainly never thought this day would arrive, but it’s inevitable, it’s here, it’s fate, so I’m succumbing to it.
Helping me in this quest are the fantastic musicians and friends listed below. I’ll enter the studio with the songs, we’ll hash them out together, someone will come up with something unexpected, then that will lead to new ideas, the song will take a different trajectory and the material will grow on its’ own. This is what I’m hoping, anyway.
Thanks Very Much, and God Bless You,
Michael Gira / Swans / Angels Of Light / Young God Records
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