Posted in metal | music | new releases | tour dates on May 29, 2012

Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Swans are back with a new double album, The Seer, due via Young God Records on August 28. The new effort features appearances from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), former bandmate Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family ( who served with him in Angels of Light) and members of Low. Gira comments:

The Seer took 30 years to make. It's the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I've ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it's unfinished, like the songs themselves. It's one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade.

The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they'll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while.

Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I'm a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!

While you're waiting for August 28 to roll around, you can check out a trailer for the DVD portion of The Seer and all listed Swans tour dates (Nothing for NYC yet).


Swans Seer DVD trailer

9/6/2012 Vancouver BC Venue
9/7/2012 Seattle WA Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
9/8/2012 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
9/9/2012 9/10/2012 San Francisco CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
9/11/2012 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
9/12/2012 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom
9/14/2012 Austin TX La Zona Rosa
9/15/2012 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Upstairs
9/16/2012 Dallas TX Trees
9/18/2012 Oklahoma City OK ACM Performance Lab
9/19/2012 Kansas City MO Beaumont Club
9/20/2012 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
9/21/2012 Minneapolis MN Fineline Music Cafe
9/22/2012 Milwaukee WI Shank Hall
9/24/2012 Denver CO Gothic Theater



Comments (17)

This is gonna be incredible. Really hope there's an NYC show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 3:16 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 3:20 PM

Look at that fruit cake

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 3:36 PM

I hope the album lives up to Gira's description (I don't want to hold my breath, but I'm sure it'll still be at least very good). I also hope there'll be an NYC date.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 4:00 PM

Like the majority of what Swans have put out over the years & the live shows new & old, but why add ridiculous Karen O?? No substance just a scenester girl.

Now having Jarboe is amazing & surprising.

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 4:44 PM

Just announced: Swans will be at Terminal 5 on 10/5/2012

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 4:54 PM

^ yeah genius, they're opening for Aghan Whigs?

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 5:01 PM

If Swans and GYBE toured together, I would die of excitement

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2012 6:38 PM

Yeah WTF Karen O ??????? she has nothing to do with the Swans, and does not belong!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 9:16 AM

The perfect recipe for disaster, Gira's ego is out of control, should have left The Swans alone and stuck to his Angels of Light!
Karen O give me a Fucking Break!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2012 9:24 AM

5:01. Congratulations on finding the BV site. You'll soon learn that people post things here sarcastically, such as saying that Swans are (a) opening for a band like the Afghan Whigs at (b) a venue that people here generally hate. Let me know if you need anything else explained to you.

Posted by 4:54 | May 30, 2012 11:03 AM

Do you guys know if the swans are coming to Europe, particularly Ireland?

Posted by jack | June 15, 2012 5:24 PM

swans rule.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 1:52 PM

I like the band name because it is very inspirational to me. I hope to find a song that fits with the movie Black Swan.

Posted by Patrick | November 19, 2014 8:03 AM

In my opinion I really love this band. Many congratulations...they really rule!

Posted by Victor | November 21, 2014 3:47 AM

Swans are really crazy..they give all on stage.

Posted by Endrew | January 9, 2015 5:51 AM

I'm sure this is great! They've put so much effort into it and they are all so talented. I would have loved to be in the studio to see this develop.

Posted by Vlad | January 23, 2015 5:22 AM

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