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Swans played the Black Cat in DC (pics & video)

photos by Justina Villanueva

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A Swans concert is not a democracy.

During its Wednesday night performance at the Black Cat, the New York City-based sextet — newly re-christened after a 15-year hiatus — tried to wrest control of the audience’s senses. Swans wanted the air-conditioning off, the house lights on, and the volume maxed-out. Song requests were not taken. Even the line for the merchandise table was straight and orderly with a sign decreeing which credit cards were acceptable. If noise-rock has a political hierarchy, Swans would be the generalissimo.

…In concert, the band stuck to unflinching intensity. For more than an hour Swans performed at jet-engine volume, drawing out songs from the most savage reaches of its back catalog, like “Your Property” from 1984’s “Cop.” “You deform me/ you own me/I worship your authority,” bellowed Gira. He stalked the stage, slapped himself in the face, and clutched tightly to an electric guitar.

But Gira has a tender side, too. Each CD that Swans sell on tour comes autographed by the singer at no extra charge. It’s personal touch from Gira, available to all of his fans — washed or unwashed, hip or unhip, on credit or debit. -[Washington Post]

As noted yesterday with a video from their first reunion show in Philly, Swans are back and on the road. The show last night at The Black Cat in Washington DC was their second reunion show. Tonight in Boston will be their third, Pop Montreal is coming soon, and eventually two shows will happen in NYC too (both now sold out).

More pictures and a video from The Black Cat show, and two more videos from the Troc, below…

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Swans at Black Cat DC

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