# 1 in The Quietus’ Albums of the Year So Far
The Guardian – “More than 30 years after they started, Swans are still flying boldly against the prevailing winds of our age.”
Drowned In Sound 10/10 – “We’re on a ladder to God, and Swans are leading the way”
NME 9/10 – “An insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.”
Swans have announced their biggest UK headline show yet, at London’s legendary Roundhouse, on 21 May 2015. Tickets for the show go onsale from Friday 12 September here, special guests will be announced shortly.
Swans infamous and mighty live performance has been described by the Guardian as “a magnificent achievement”, by The Quietus as “a revelation” and by NME as “colossal” and in the surroundings of London’s historic Roundhouse, the event promises to show it at its most intense.
The band’s extensive live schedule sees them return to Europe in September, and a recently announced festival curated by Swans / Michael Gira will see three days of music (20-23 November) culminating in a Swans performance. The Mouth To Mouth festival, part of Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, features a stunning line up that includes labelmate Ben Frost alongside Wire, Silver Apples, Savages & Bo Ningen’s epic sonic poem ‘Words to the Blind’, Xiu Xiu plus many more, full details at: http://leguesswho.nl/
In addition, they round off an incredible year which has seen the release of their critically acclaimed album, ‘To Be Kind‘, with a remastered edition of their debut studio album, ‘Filth’, out vinyl, CD and digitally on 27 October 2014.
‘Filth’ was released in 1983, the album was recently described by Clash magazine as “a brutally exhaustive work swimming in a thematic pool of audacious abjection” and by The Village Voice as “no wave with five years of practice, too messy for mysticism and too funny for suicide.” The vinyl edition of ‘Filth’ will come with two reproduction live posters and is the first in a series of remastered catalogue reissues.
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), ‘The Seer’ (2012) and this year’s ‘To Be Kind‘ – which was awarded the #1 slot in The Quietus’ Albums of the Year So Far and featured in MOJO, Drowned In Sound, The 405, Rolling Stone and many more mid-year lists.
Swans are Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica.
Watch a short film premiering now on NOWNESS, featuring an interview with Michael Gira and clips of an acoustic performance of Oxygen HERE.
SWANS – TO BE KIND EUROPEAN TOUR – 2014 / 2015
25 September – Brussels, AB club, Belgium
26 September – Amsterdam, Paradiso Music Hall, Holland
27 September – Paris, LA MAROQUINERIE, France – second night added due to demand
28 September – Paris, LA MAROQUINERIE, France
30 September – La Rochelle, La Sirene, France
1 October – Barcelona, Sala Apolo, Spain
2 October – Madrid, Shoko, Spain
3 October – Durango, PLATERUENA, Spain
4 October – Porto, AmpliFest, Portugal
7 October – Fribourg, FRI-Son, Switzerland
8 October – St. Gallen, Grabenhalle, Switzerland
9 October – Torino, Hiroshima Club, Italy
10 October – Bologna, Estragon Club, Italy
11 October – Roma, Circolo Degli Artisti, Italy
12 October – Milan, Alcatraz Milano, Italy
14 October – Zagreb, Pogon Jedinstvo, Croatia
15 October – Budapest, A38 Ship, Hungary
16 October – Ljubljana, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture, Slovenia
17 October – Vienna, Arena Big Hall, Austria
18 October – Krakow, Unsound Festival, Poland
20 October – Prague, Lucenra Music Bar, Czech Republic
21 October – Berlin, Berghain, Germany
22 October – Berlin, Berghain, Germany – second night added due to demand
23 October – Leipzig, Schauspiel Leipzig, Germany
24 October – Cologne, Gebaeude 9, Germany
25 October – Hanover, MusikZentrum, Germany
27 October – Hamburg, Kampnagel, Germany
29 October – Dresden, Beatpol, Germany
30 October – Wiesbaden, Schlachtho, Germany
31 October – Karlsruhe, Jubez, Germany
1 November – Munich, Feierwerk, Germany
22 November – Utrecht, Mouth To Mouth at Le Guess Who? festival curated by Swans
23 November – Copenhagen, Vega Main Hall, Denmark
24 November – Oslo, Rockefeller, Norway
25 November – Stockholm, Slakthuset, Sweden
26 November – Helsinki, Tavastia, Finland
28 November – St Petersburg, Kosmonavt, Russia
29 November – Moscow, VOLTA, Russia
5 December – Athens, Votanikos, Greece
6 December – Thessaloniki, Bloc 33, Greece
21 May 2015 – London, Roundhouse
Free download of A Little God In My Hands here: https://soundcloud.com/muterecords/swans-a-little-god
Listen to Oxygen here: http://youtu.be/1jSdTBGhDSg
Photograph credit: Fionn Reilly