Posted in music | tour dates on August 20, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Swans at MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Swans, who had an extensive career throughout most of the '80s and '90s, reformed in 2010 for a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky, and tour. As discussed, they'll follow that album with The Seer on August 28 via Michael Gira's Young God Records. The Seer is a massive double album which treks through the noisy, beautiful, scary, uplifting, and it's one of the band's best albums to date. Guest musicians include former Swans member Jarboe, Bruce Lamont, Ben Frost, members of Akron/Family, members of Low, and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) who handles most of the lead vocals on "Song for the Warrior." You can now stream the album a week ahead of its release date at NPR.

As discussed, Swans will be supporting the album with a tour which hits NYC on October 10 at Bowery Ballroom with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Tickets for that show are still available. An updated list of all Swans dates is below.

In related news, Karen O is one of the artists contributing to the soundtrack for Tim Burton's upcoming Frankenweenie film, along with Passion Pit, Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Grace Potter with The Flaming Lips, and more. You can stream Karen O's contribution, "Strange Love," over at Pitchfork.

All Swans dates are listed below.


Swans -- 2012 Tour Dates
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#
10/10/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom^
10/11/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club^
10/12/2012 Washington DC Black Cat Mainstage^
10/13/2012 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer^
10/14/2012 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre^
10/16/2012 Orlando FL The Social^
10/17/2012 West Palm Beach FL Respectable Street^
10/18/2012 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder^
10/19/2012 Atlanta GA Terminal West^
10/23/2012 St Louis MO Firebird^
10/24/2012 Chicago IL Cabaret Metro^
10/25/2012 Toronto ON Lee's Palace^
10/26/2012 Montreal QC La Tulipe^
11/01/2012 Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airways Festival*
11/15/2012 London, UK Koko*
11/16/2012 Glasgow, UK The Arches*
11/17/2012 Manchester, UK Sound Control*
11/19/2012 Paris,France Le Trabendo*
11/20/2012 Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje*
11/21/2012 Haarlem, NL Patronaat*
11/22/2012 Hamburg, Germany Kampnagel*
11/23/2012 Copenhagen, DK Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal*
11/24/2012 Oslo,norway Parkteatret*
11/27/2012 Prague, Czech Lucenra Music Bar*
11/28/2012 Vienna, austria Arena Big Hall*
11/30/2012 Bologna ,Italy Locomotiv*
12/2/2012 Kortrijk, Belgium De Kreun- Sunns curator festival*
12/3/2012 Bern, C, Reitschule Gross Halle*
12/4/2012 Lausanne,CH Les Docks*
* w/ Sir Richard Bishop
^ w/A Hawk & A Hacksaw
# w/Xiu Xiu



Comments (12)

Boring group of hippies. Just go away already.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 10:21 AM

10:21- Swans, hippies? Idiot troll is idiotic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 10:39 AM

As cool as the US tour is, I'm sure it would be quite magical to see them in Europe during the fall/early winter.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 10:40 AM

10:39/10:40 is a smelly European know-nothing, way too late to the party. Go back to France, sissy boy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 11:20 AM

You guys are trying too hard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 11:25 AM

The new album rules.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 11:27 AM

I'm halfway through it right now - this is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 11:47 AM

Seen Swans quite a few times over the years going back over 20 years and like pretty much all of the different albums, lineups, etc.

Find it a little odd though that Gira made a joke about hipsters at MHOW which was funny, but then he has Karen O contribute?? She's the epitome of hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 2:12 PM

Swans may indeed make jokes about hipsters, but they still enjoy robust hummus platters backstage prior to all their shows... Those powerful phyto-nutrients locked within the chickpeas give great energy for rock and roll dance moves such as the hip thrust.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 2:22 PM

The Swans Are Hipsters! DUH! Make Jokes About What You KNOW! Any Comedian Will Tell You That!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 2:30 PM

11:20 is a trendy fop loser hipster from Californiiiyaaaaahhhhh who thinks he's cooler than he is (or cool at all) especially what with trying too hard to be "hip"/"cool"/"clever" with his "insults". In other words, a bloody vaginal queef who's been stuffed into lockers all too often in high school. Isn't San Fransisco overdue for another devastating earthquake already? Maybe Gira and the Swans can produce!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 10:56 PM

great new song.

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 3:38 PM

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