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 revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that. “
Swans | No Words No Thoughts
Swans’ recent album “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.”
Swans | The Seer
“The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live, and 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.”
Swans | Avatar
“Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world.”
“My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!” — Michael Gira
Larsen | Radiale
Swans are supported by Larsen, an Italian band that started with sonic mix of exoteric, hypnotic, brooding chamber rock, that fused This Heat’s mathematical structures, Can’s cerebral jazz-rock, and the Swans’ eerie atmospheres.
Later on they were somewhat inspired by Autechre’s music, veereing towards the aesthetics of free-form glitch electronica while retaining the post-rock format.
Lrasen | Dyslexic Haiku
Larsen, who have already proven to be a volcano of innovative ideas, nowadays contend for the title of most erudite post-everything ensemble.
Swans & Larsen LIVE
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte