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"Michael Gira's re-activated Swans will be undertaking their first U.S. performances in 13 years, celebrating the Fall release of the first new Swans album since Soundtracks For The Blind (1997). The album was recorded by Jason LeFarge at Seizure's Palace in Brooklyn and is currently be remixed by Gira with Bryce Goggin (Antony & The Johnsons, Akron/Family) at Trout Recordings." [PR]
Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the October 9th Swans show at Bowery Ballroom. General sale starts Friday. which is also when the October 8th Brooklyn show IS ON SALE NOW TOO. The two NYC shows, and Pop Montreal, are part of a now-announced nine date tour that kicks off at the Troc in Philly on September 28th (on sale Friday too). All dates, and a message from Michael Gira about the reunion, below...

MESSAGE FROM GIRA

"About reconstituting Swans: ...there was a point a few years ago during a
particular show when I was on tour with Angels Of Light, with
Akron/Family serving as the backing band. It was during the song The
Provider. Seth's guitar was sustaining one open chord (very loudly),
rising to a peak, then crashing down again in a rhythm that could have
been the equivalent of a deep and soulful act of copulation. The whole
band swayed with this arc. Really was like riding waves of sound. I
thought right then, "You know, Michael, Swans wasn't so bad after all..."
. Ha ha! It brought back - in a flood - memories, or maybe not memories,
more a tangible re-emersion in the sensation of Swans music rushing
through my body in waves, lifting me up towards what, I can only assume,
will be my only experience of heaven. It's difficult - and probably
pointless - to try to describe this experience. It's ecstatic, I suppose -
a force of simultaneous self negation and rebirth. Really, I probably only
experienced this a handful of times to such an extreme extent during the
entire 15 year history of Swans. All the elements have to align perfectly,
and you can't force it, though you might constantly strive for it. I don't
mean to be too lofty here, but it's a fact. I'm talking about my own
experience of the music (though I'd hope people in the audiences along the
way might have experienced a similar episode). When I ask myself if I
believe in God, I start to say NO, but then I remember that sensation, and
I'm not so sure. So I want more of that, before my body breaks down to
such an extent that it won't be possible any more. So I'm doing it.
Naturally, some of the material for this new record will be songs,
centered around the voice and words. Other parts (I'm hoping) will be
reaching for what I've described above. One thing I want to point out
right now: 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. I'll be using
what I learned in the last several years to inform the way this new
material develops, while carrying forward from where Swans left off with
its final album Soundtracks For The Blind, and in particular, Swans Are
Dead. If you have expectations about how Swans should be, that's your
business, but it would be a disservice to both of us if I were to make
music with your needs in mind, and the music would certainly suffer as a
result. In any event, I certainly never thought this day would arrive, but
it's inevitable, it's here, it's fate, so I'm succumbing to it.
Helping me in this quest are the fantastic musicians and friends listed
below. I'll enter the studio with the songs, we'll hash them out together,
someone will come up with something unexpected, then that will lead to new
ideas, the song will take a different trajectory and the material will
grow on its' own. This is what I'm hoping, anyway. Here's the main
musicians (though probably a lot of guests on the recording). These are
the people best suited - in terms of my relationship with them and their
particular musical attributes - to help move the music forward:

Michael Gira / guitar / voice / mendicant friar act (original swans) ;
Norman Westberg - guitar (original swans) ; Christoph Hahn - guitar
(mid period swans and most angels) ; Phil Puleo - drums, percussion,
dulcimer etc etc (final swans tour and most angels); Chris Pravdica -
bass and gadgets (flux information sciences / services/ gunga din) ;
Thor Harris - drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys, etc
etc... (angels, now also with Shearwater) ... at the time of this writing
the album is still in progress. Additional guests so far include Devendra
Banhart; Bill Rieflin (drummer for REM) and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev... "

Swans - 2010 Tour Dates
Sept 28 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocodero Theater
Sept 29 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sept 30 Boston, MA @ Middle East downstairs
Oct 01 Montreal, QC @ Le National - Pop Montreal fest
Oct 02 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Oct 04 Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
Oct 05 Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge
Oct 08 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple.
Oct 09 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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Comments (21)

actually, tickets for the Oct. 8th show at Brooklyn Masonic went on sale at 10:00 this morning.

Posted by h | May 12, 2010 12:18 PM

at the very least, i'll be at the Masonic Temple. this will be fantastic.

Posted by Isfet | May 12, 2010 12:25 PM

"actually, tickets for the Oct. 8th show at Brooklyn Masonic went on sale at 10:00 this morning."

man this show keeps changing things. thanks!! (updated)

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 12, 2010 12:27 PM

no problem - I bought tix this morning and figured I'd let people know...
Saw them once in Cleveland in the early 90's so I'm really looking forward to it!!!

hoping to hear god damn the sun

Posted by h | May 12, 2010 1:01 PM

SOOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 1:17 PM

thanks bv, scored a pair for bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 1:35 PM

yes!!!! got my tix for the masonic temple. can't wait!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 2:29 PM

Do you think they will revisit their backcatalog or will it be all new material?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 4:24 PM

THOR, talk them into coming to Austin. Please.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 4:49 PM

i imagine it will be almost entirely new material, with one or two oldies coming back in drastcially revisited form.

Gira has said that he does not plan on playing lots of old stuff, and that the band will be focusing on the stuff from his latest solo CD.

got tickets to Bowery and Masonic Temple today- best news ever!

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 5:22 PM

yeah, thor, come to austin,, bring swans

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2010 7:20 PM

Any idea how fast they will sell out for the masonic temple in Brooklyn??
Thats crazy that they will probably sell out so far in advance which probably wont happen in other cities, but maybe it will.

Posted by td | May 13, 2010 1:32 AM

i can only do one, whats the better venue? never been to masonic temple??

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 7:02 AM

Just got Bowery tix!!!! Going to the Troc show as well! Woooo!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 11:44 AM

Apart from the stray 'be' below, wtf is happening with those line breaks in the text???!!! web people are the most lazy,, useless cunts there are. And to think it's in regard to a band that existed pre-internet. Irony?

Do a sub-editing course!!! Don't just copy & paste.

> 'The album was recorded by Jason LeFarge at Seizure's Palace in Brooklyn and is currently be remixed by Gira with... '

Posted by Dames | May 13, 2010 4:49 PM

Yay, Bill Rieflin!! I *heart* Bill.

Posted by Lori | May 13, 2010 5:55 PM

Oh, man, I have tix for the Chicago show and I can't say how excited I am for this. Gira is a god in my home.

Posted by Michael | May 20, 2010 7:42 PM

Ahhhh, come on Gira, just play The Burning World in its entirety, hehe.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2010 6:30 AM

What about the west coast???

Posted by Ian | September 24, 2010 11:43 PM

Last evening at the final
USA show NYC was an
event that was no disappoitment to the sold out show.
Gira should do a few more shows as the band is once of the tightest best rehearsed I have seen in
some time, others try hard however Gira n co achieved from
the one drone note summoning all the boys n girls to the main concert hall which went on for 15/20 minnutes to the ever amazing percussion chime key player coming out n hitting the chimes with that single drone synth note( bees) everyone knew this was going to be very special!!
The band finally took stage n took no prisoners! All were just blown away by this incredible visionay artist until his last word breath!
Baby dee was the purrfuck opening act!
See if possible in euro!!
And plese come back!!

Posted by Jimitits | October 10, 2010 1:54 PM

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