SWANS have announced the support details for their show at London’s historic Roundhouse, on 21 May 2015.
Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco) will be presenting the premiere of a set of all new, live analogue synth music. Jas, a longtime Swans fan, had met Michael Gira at a number of festivals over the years and was extremely excited when he got in touch to invite him to open their Roundhouse show. “The plan is to do something pretty different from a regular SMD show” said Jas “although the music is still being written, I expect it to be pretty much beatless, leaning in an ambient/drone direction. Although there are some interesting things you can do with detuned drum machines…”
Okkyung Lee, the Korean cello improviser and composer – will support on the European dates, including the London Roundhouse. A recent review saw The Quietus write that “Okkyung Lee effectively wipes the floor with just about every solo improviser out there, displaying a boldness and complete disregard to compromise…”
The band return to the UK on 20 May with a show in Bristol and a series of dates that include Liverpool Sound City and Glasgow’s Art School, full details below.
NOWNESS recently proclaimed Swans to be “…the greatest live band in the world”, and their infamous and mighty live performance has been described by the Guardian as “a magnificent achievement”, and by NME as “colossal”. See for yourself at one of the dates below.
The deluxe 3 CD edition of Filth will be released on 4/5 May 2015. This will be the definitive CD edition of Filth, featuring 3 newly remastered CDs – Filth, Body To Body & the first Swans EP plus live recordings from ’82 ’83 and 84. The CD will come packaged in an embossed brown chipboard pack with 16 page foldout booklet, which includes rare photos by Lee Ranaldo and Catherine Ceresole.
SWANS EUROPEAN TOUR
2 May – Istanbul, Turkey, FSK Saloon
5 May – Arhus, Denmark, Vohalle
6 May – Stavanger, Norway, Folken
7 May – Bergen, Norway, USF Verteft
8 May – Oslo, Norway, Vulkan
9 May – Trondheim, Norway, Blaest
11 May – Gothenburg, Sweden, Sticky Fingers
12 May – Malmo, Sweden, Babel
14 May – Nijmegen, NL, Doorroosje
15 May – Dortmund, Germany, FZW
16 May – Liege, Belgium, Les Ardents Club
17 May – Kortrijk, Belgium, De Kreun
20 May – Bristol, Marble Factory
21 May – London, The Roundhouse
22 May – Liverpool Sound City
23 May – Glasgow, Art School
24 May – Belfast, Mandela Hall
25 May – Dublin, Button Factory
27 May – Norfolk, Epic Studios
29 May – Nimes, France
30 May – Barcelona, Spain, Primavera Festival
3 July – Gydina, Poland, Open, Er Festival
4 July – Reykavik, Iceland, ATP Festival
5 July – Berlin, Germany, Volksbühne
7 July – Tel Aviv, Israel, HaTeatron Club
8 July – Paris, France, Trabendo Club-
10 July – Kiev, Ukraine, Sentrum
12 July – Skopje, Macadonia, MKC
17 July – Ostrava, CZ, Ostrava Festival
18 July – Crispendorf, Germany, Chaos Descends Festival
For full tour dates: http://younggodrecords.com
2014 saw Swans’ critically acclaimed album, To Be Kind, featured heavily in the Albums of the Year charts and the band released the first in a series of reissues – the vinyl of edition of Filth.
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 featured in album of the year lists from the likes of Mojo, Pitchfork, NME, The Quietus, Uncut, The Wire, Record Collector, Rough Trade, Clash, Metal Hammer, Drowned In Sound and Crack.
Swans are Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica.