Experimental noise rock icons Swans haven't mellowed with age, and fans couldn't be more pleased. The band's new lineup is as pummeling and ferocious as ever, and frontman Michael Gira remains committed to delivering a savage wall of sound that pulls no punches. Gira cuts a shamanistic figure on stage, ritualistically leading the band through a sonic maelstrom that verges on the spiritual for acolytes of Swans' philosophy of transcendence through sheer decibel destruction. Known for rewriting their own material live on stage, Swans never fail to floor ticket buyers with their creativity and intensity on their unforgettable tours.
Swans emerged from the no wave scene of early '80s New York City, making a name for themselves with a heavy, droning sound that stood alone in terms of its volume and aggression. The band's 1983 full-length debut Filth was a study in abrasion, featuring choppy rhythms, screaming vocals, and morbid lyrics. Their blistering sound wasn't for everyone, but it did earn them a dedicated cult following, paving the way for a string of epochal noise rock albums released throughout the '80s and '90's. While tamer, more accessible LPs like 1989's The Burning World and 1996's Soundtracks for the Blind expanded the band's fanbase, interest in pursuing other projects led frontman Michael Gira to dissolve the band in 1997. Since reforming the band with a new lineup in 2010, Gira and Co. have released three more sweltering albums of heavy experimental rock, proving they've lost none of their edge with brutalizing performances on their legendary tours.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"Incredible! Two hours of blistering, bone shaking noise. Gira is still the most uncompromising musician out there and he puts all of himself into his shows. If anyone doubts that this reunited Swans still has the power of the old band, their live show will remove all doubt."
"Swans' ritualistic expression of the soul is mesmerizing. As is Gira's commanding the venue's crew. See them every time you can."
"Incredible show from an incredible band. Swans studio output has always been daring, different, and the only predictable thing about them is to expect the unpredictable, and that's exactly what they delivered when I saw them."