• ZJ Jeff Elstone Taiga#1 cropped

    Zola Jesus

  • Photograph_CreditNickWilson_sm

    New Order

  • Arca - Daniel Sannwald 1 RGB SM

    Arca

  • Looper_Credit_RonnieBlack

    Looper

  • DuB_pressYellowNew_sm

    Du Blonde

  • OnDeadWaves

    On Dead Waves

  • pressphoto-01

    Lost Under Heaven

  • Lift To Experience

    Lift To Experience

  • acr_studio2 crop

    A Certain Ratio

  • Richard H. Kirk & Sandoz

    Richard H. Kirk & Sandoz

  • ADULT_Curtain_Credit NKuperus

    ADULT.

  • Goldfrapp_Annemarieke van Drimmelen

    Goldfrapp

  • AnandWilder_Max Kardon_BreakLine

    Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon

  • Plastikman012

    Plastikman

  • Liars_Scott.Witter_sm

    Liars

  • SwansLive_CreditJensWassmuth_5

    Swans

  • BenFrost_BörkurSigthorsson01

    Ben Frost

  • ColdSpecks_CreditSteveGullick_sm

    Cold Specks

  • TheMinistyOfWolves_Thomas Ecke

    The Ministry Of Wolves

  • yeasayerpackshot

    Yeasayer

  • Live at the Lyceum

    Cabaret Voltaire —
    Live At The Lyceum

  • 619pD5ezpLL

    Apparat —
    Candil de la Calle

  • 51tkcxQyexL._SL500_AA300_

    Non —
    Back to Mono

  • NewOrder POTH_digital

    New Order —
    People On The High Line

  • 1974-76sm

    Cabaret Voltaire —
    Cabaret Voltaire 1974-76

  • 81AIR1ikoKL

    VCMG —
    SSSS

  • 51bbnS72d5L

    Diamond Version —
    EP. 1

  • YannTiersen_Eusa_Packshot

    Yann Tiersen —
    EUSA

  • 2x45 CABS9CD

    2×45 —
    2x45

  • 0001635648_350

    Big Deal —
    Talk

  • 71hsDvwDTCL

    Cold Specks —
    Hector

  • the afghan whigs black love_20_UK

    The Afghan Whigs —
    Black Love (20th Anniversary Edition)

  • cabs best of 72dpi

    Cabaret Voltaire —
    The Original Sound Of Sheffield '78 / '82 Best Of

  • artworks-000019385968-8g2pzp-crop

    Erasure —
    A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot

  • 51GNbiSdEIL

    Liars —
    Brats

  • rhkirk_7889 box_dig

    Richard H. Kirk & Sandoz —
    #7489 (collected works 1974 - 1989) & #9294 (collected works 1992 - 1994)

  • Live YMCA

    Cabaret Voltaire —
    Live At The YMCA 27.10.79.

  • Beth-Jeans-Houghton-The-Hooves-Of-Destiny-Atlas

    Beth Jeans Houghton —
    Atlas

  • arca_mutant_artwork_digital_NEW

    Arca —
    Mutant

  • MickHarvey_IntoxicatedWomen_Packshot_Credit L.J.Spruyt

    Mick Harvey —
    Intoxicated Women

  • Maps —
    Playlist: Vicissitude

  • Maps —
    Playlist: Turning The Mind & We Can Create

  • Maps —
    Vicissitude (Album Trailer)

  • Crime & The City Solution —
    American Twilight

  • Big Deal —
    In Your Car

  • Polly Scattergood —
    Wanderlust

  • Cold Specks —
    Hector (Hoxton Hall Session)

  • Can —
    The Lost Tapes (Desert)

  • Can —
    The Lost Tapes (Graublau)

  • Can —
    THE LOST TAPES (Midnight Sky)

  • Liars —
    No.1 Against The Rush (Official Video)

  • Big Deal —
    Talk (Official Video)

  • Erasure —
    Fill Us With Fire [Kaleidoscope Video]

  • White Rabbits —
    Heavy Metal

  • The Mute Synth —
    The Mute Synth

  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross —
    Immigrant Song (Official Video)

  • Josh T. Pearson —
    Drive Her Out (Mute Studio Session)

  • Simon Fisher Turner —
    /Espen J. Jörgensen - Noise Activity (Official Video)

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Johnny YesNo Redux (Video)

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Johnny YesNo Redux

Swans

Announce New Album ‘The Glowing Man’

‘THE GLOWING MAN’

OUT 17 JUNE 2016 

SWANS 2016 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT HERE:

https://youtu.be/Ka_hKb7dSiY

MICHAEL GIRA SOLO EUROPEAN TOUR DETAILS

  Swans_TheGlowingMan_Packshot

Swans have announced details of a new album, The Glowing Man, out on Mute / Young God (N America) on 17 June 2016. Listen to an excerpt of The Glowing Man, taken from the album, here: https://youtu.be/Ka_hKb7dSiY

The Glowing Man will be available on double CD and deluxe triple gatefold vinyl, with a poster and digital download. In addition, there will be a double CD/DVD format, which features a Swans live performance from 2015.

Pre-order the album here: https://smarturl.it/SwansTGM

The Glowing Man, announced as the last album release of Swans’ current incarnation, will be followed by an extensive tour. The tour will unfold with dates beginning in North America in the summer, before returning to Europe in the autumn. Announced tour dates below, with more to follow.

Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010), 2012’s The Seer and 2014’s To Be Kind.

 SwansLive_CreditJensWassmuth_5

A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA OF SWANS:

“In 2009 when I made the decision to restart my musical group, Swans, I had no idea where it would lead. I knew that if I took the road of mining the past or revisiting the catalog, that it would be fruitless and stultifying. After much thought about how to make this an adventure that would instead lead the music forward into unexpected terrain, I chose the five people with whom to work that I believed would most ably provide a sense of surprise, and even uncertainty, while simultaneously embodying the strength and confidence to ride the river of intention that flows from the heart of the sound wherever it would lead us – and what’s the intention? LOVE!

And so finally this LOVE has now led us, with the release of the new and final recording from this configuration of Swans, The Glowing Man, through four albums (three of which contain more complexity, nuance and scope than I would have ever dreamed possible), several live releases, various fundraiser projects, countless and seemingly endless tours and rehearsals, and a generally exhausting regimen that has left us stunned but still invigorated and thrilled to see this thing through to its conclusion. I hereby thank my brothers and collaborators for their commitment to whatever truth lies at the center of the sound. I’m decidedly not a Deist, but on a few occasions – particularly in live performance – it’s been my privilege, through our collective efforts, to just barely grasp something of the infinite in the sound and experience generated by a force that is definitely greater than all of us combined. When talking with audience members after the shows or through later correspondence, it’s also been a true privilege to discover they’ve experienced something like this too. Whatever the force is that has led us through this extended excursion, it’s been worthwhile for many of us, and I’m grateful for what has been the most consistently challenging and fulfilling period of my musical life.

Going forward, post the touring associated with The Glowing Man, I’ll continue to make music under the name Swans, with a revolving cast of collaborators. I have little idea what shape the sound will take, which is a good thing. Touring will definitely be less extensive, I’m certain of that! Whatever the future holds, I’ll miss this particular locus of human and musical potential immensely: Norman Westberg, Kristof Hahn, Phil Puleo, Christopher Pravdica, Thor Harris, and myself mixed in there somewhere, too.”

THE GLOWING MAN TRACKLISTING

  1. Cloud of Forgetting
  2. Cloud of Unknowing
  3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
  4. People Like Us
  5. Frankie M.
  6. When Will I Return?
  7. The Glowing Man
  8. Finally, Peace.

“I wrote the song ‘When Will I Return? specifically for Jennifer Gira to sing. It’s a tribute to her strength, courage, and resilience in the face of a deeply scarring experience she once endured, and that she continues to overcome daily.

The song ‘The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black’ uses some words I wrote in 1982 or so that Sonic Youth used for their song ‘The World Looks Red’, back in the day. The music and melody used here in the current version are completely different. While working up material for this new album, I had a basic acoustic guitar version of the song and was stumped for words. For reasons unknown to me, the lyric I’d so long ago left in my typewriter in plain view at my living and rehearsal space (the latter of which Sonic Youth shared at the time) and which Thurston plucked for use with my happy permission, popped into my head and I thought “Why not?” The person that wrote those words well over three decades ago bears little resemblance to who I am now, but I believe it remains a useful text, so “Why not?”. Maybe, in a way, it closes the circle.

The song ‘The Glowing Man’ contains a section of the song ‘Bring The Sun’ from our previous album, To Be Kind. The section is, of course, newly performed and orchestrated to work within its current setting. ‘The Glowing Man’ itself grew organically forward and out of improvisations that took place live during the performance of ‘Bring The Sun’, so it seemed essential to include that relevant section here. Since over the long and tortured course of the current song’s genesis, it had always been such an integral cornerstone I believe we’d have been paralyzed and unable to perform the entire piece at all without it.

‘Cloud of Forgetting’ and ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ are prayers. ‘Frankie M’ is another tribute and a best wish for a wounded soul. ‘The Glowing Man’ contains my favorite Zen Koan. ‘People Like Us’ and ‘Finally, Peace’ are farewell songs.”

 The Glowing Man was recorded at Sonic Ranch, near El Paso, Texas, with John Congleton as recording engineer. Further recording was made at John’s Elmwood Studio, in Dallas, Texas, and at Studio Litho (Seattle, WA) with Don Gunn, engineer, and at CandyBomber (Berlin) with Ingo Krauss, engineer. The record was mixed by Ingo at CandyBomber and by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose, Berlin. Doug Henderson mastered it at Micro-Moose.

Here’s a list of the principal players on the record (complete credits and words to the songs available on request):

Swans: Michael Gira – vocals, electric and acoustic guitar; Norman Westberg – electric guitar, vocals; Kristof Hahn – lap steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals; Phil Puleo – drums, dulcimer, knocks, vocals; Christopher Pravdica – bass guitar, vocals; Thor Harris – percussion, vibes, bells, dulcimer. Hit Man and 7th Swan: Bill Rieflin – drums, piano, synth, Mellotron, bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals.

Guest Musicians: Jennifer Gira sings the lead vocal on ‘When Will I Return?’ The cello solo on ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ was graciously provided by the ferocious improviser, Okkyung Lee.

Michael Gira is currently on a solo tour through Europe, for full details please visit: http://younggodrecords.com/pages/tour-dates

SWANS TOUR 2016

North America
6 July – Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer
7 July – Boston MA, Royale Nightclub
8 July – Providence RI, Fete
9 July – Quebec QC, Le Cercle
10 July – Toronto ON, Danforth Music Hall
12 July – Detroit MI, St Andrews Hall
13 July – Milwaukee WI, Shank Hall
14 July – Minneapolis MN, Fine Line Music Cafe
15 July – Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
16 July – Chicago IL, Lincoln Hall
18 July – Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
19 July – Cincinnati OH, Woodward Theater
21 July – Louisville KY, Headliner’s Music Hall
22 July – Atlanta GA, Terminal West
23 July – Asheville NC, Orange Peel
24 July – Nashville TN, Exit / In
26 July – Carrboro NC, Cats Cradle
27 July – Richmond VA The Broadberry
28 July – Washington DC, 9:30 CLUB
29 July – New York NY, Bowery Ballroom
30 July – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

*with support from Okkyung Lee

1 Sept – Tucson AZ, Rialto Theater
2 Sept – Los Angeles CA, Fonda Theater
3 Sept – San Francisco CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom
4 Sept – Portland OR, Wonder Ballroom
6 Sept – Vancouver BC, Venue
7 Sept – Seattle WA, The Showbox
9 Sept – Salt Lake City UT, Urban Lounge
10 Sept – Denver CO, Gothic Theater
12 Sept – Dallas TX, Trees
13 Sept – Austin TX, Mohawk Austin
14 Sept – San Antonio TX, Paper Tiger
15 Sept – Albuquerque NM, Sunshine Theater
16 Sept – Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom

*with support from Baby Dee
Europe

6 Oct – Brussels BE, Oranjerie Botantique
7 Oct – Eindhoven NL, De Effenaar
8 Oct – Brighton UK, Concorde 2
9 Oct – Manchester UK, HMV Ritz
11 Oct – Glasgow UK, Oran Mor
12 Oct – Newcastle Upon Tyne UK, Northumbria University
13 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall
14 Oct – London UK, Islington Assembly Hall
15 Oct – Reims FR, La Cartonnerie
17 Oct – Hamburg DE, Kampnagel
18 Oct – Berlin DE, Huxleys Neue Welt
19 Oct – Prague CZ, Divaldo ARCHA Theatre
21 Oct – Budapest HU, A38 Ship
22 Oct – Vienna AT, Arena Big Hall
23 Oct – Graz AT, Orpheum Extra
25 Oct – Ljubljana SL, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
26 Oct – Zagreb HR, Lauba
28 Oct – Basel CH, Kaserne
29 Oct – Vevey CH, Rocking Chair
30 Oct – Bern CH, Reitschule Dachstock
1 Nov – Tourcoin FR, Le Grand Mix
2 Nov – Nimes FR, La Paloma
5 Nov – Bologna IT, Teatro Auditorium Manzoni
6 Nov – Rome IT, Orion Live Club
8 Nov – Nantes FR, Stereolux
9 Nov – Paris FR, Le Trabendo
10 Nov – Cologne DE, Gebäude 9
11 Nov – Munich DE, Feierwerk
12 Nov – Wiesbaden DE, Kulturezentrum Schlachthof

https://www.facebook.com/SwansOfficial/

younggodrecords.com




Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 11.01.19

Swans

Announce Remastered Reissue Of The Great Annihilator + Updated Worldwide Tour Dates Throughout 2017

Read More

Swans_TheGlowingMan_Packshot

Swans

Swans Announce 2017 European Tour Dates

Read More

Swans_TheGlowingMan_Packshot

Swans

Finally, Peace

Read More

2014-08-13

Swans

Michael Gira announces Solo Tour

Read More

swans box set WL_LoL

Swans

Announce remastered reissues of White Light from the Mouth of Infinity & Love of Life - to be released 4 December.

Read More

2014-08-13

Swans

Release handmade 2X Live CD, 'The Gate' limited to 2500 copies, to support new Swans studio album.

Read More

Swans_CreditMatias Corral

Swans

On tour in Europe - inc. Roundhouse London show on 21 May & Rough Trade West signing on 18 May. Release debut EP on vinyl on 11/12 May.

Read More

Swans_CreditMatias Corral

Swans

Release 3 CD edition of Filth - out 4/5 May. Announce support details for their London Roundhouse headline show (21 May).

Read More

swans screen shot

Swans

Announce new dates for their forthcoming EU tour in May - inc. biggest UK headline show (Roundhouse) & Primavera Festival.

Read More

Swans_Oxygen

Swans

Announce a new EP 'Oxygen' - released digitally on 24 November. Listen to an edit of Oxygen by Daniel Miller.

Read More

Swans_credit_Fionn_Reilly

Swans

Confirm a performance at Drill: Brighton festival, on Sunday 7 December.

Read More

Swans_credit_Fionn_Reilly

Swans

Announce EU tour inc. biggest UK headline show at the Roundhouse (21May) + Watch exclusive short film + Release remastered 'Filth'

Read More

Capture d’écran 2014-03-24 à 17.16.30

Swans

Unveil 'Oxygen' - new track taken from forthcoming album 'To Be Kind' - out on 12/13 May.

Read More

Swans_CreditMatias Corral

Swans

Reveal first track "A Little God In My Hands" (free download available) from new album "To Be Kind" - out 12 May.

Read More

MGira_Sibastian Sighell

Swans

Announce UK/US tour in May/June & New Album 'To Be Kind' - out on 12 May.

Read More

MGira_Sibastian Sighell

Swans

Sign to Mute, announce new album 'To Be Kind' - out 12 May. Announce Michael Gira solo acoustic EU tour.

Read More