Swans at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Swans just played Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape this past weekend, and they've since announced that they'll play one more New York show before the year ends, this one at NYC's Warsaw on December 12, the same Greenpoint venue they played as the final NYC stop of The Seer tour. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at 10 AM. All dates (the rest are in Europe) are listed below.

Swans are also reissuing a remastered version of their excellent and perfectly named debut album, Filth, on vinyl for the first time in decades on October 28. You can pre-order it now. Read what Michael Gira had to say about the album, with the list of dates, below...


"This is all slabs of sound, rhythm and screaming/testifying. What more do you need? In a way, it was a reaction against Punk (and just about any other music you can think of), and the conservative notion that 3 chords were somehow necessary. I used to deny it vehemently at the time, but No Wave (I "hated" that scene too, for some reason I can't remember now) played a big role as the germ from which this music grew, along with The Stooges and Throbbing Gristle, of course. I wanted Swans to be "heavier" though - I wanted the music to obliterate - why, I don't remember! I think it just felt good. Live, we used two basses (playing utterly unmusical chords that were stabbed and left to sustain or sometimes hit in staccato or opposing rhythms), drums, a "percussionist" that slammed down on a metal table with a metal strap, crude cassette loops of various sounds/noises (usually some kind of undefined ROAR), and Norman Westberg's glorious sustained and screaming guitar chords. It was pretty elating to play live - for us. If 100 people showed up (which would have been a huge audience at the time - 20 was more the average), 80 were guaranteed to leave by the second song. Somehow that tension - contempt or indifference from the audience - was nourishing, so we kept going.

Here's some music I was listening to at the time: Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, The Stooges, Brian Eno, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks, DNA, The Contortions, Glenn Branca, Black Flag, early Pink Floyd, This Heat, Kraftwerk, The Germs, Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Public Image LTD., SPK... "

- Michael Gira / Swans/Young God Records

Swans -- 2014/2015 Tour Dates
Sep 25 AB Club Brussels, Belgium
Sep 26 Paradiso Grote Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 27 La Maroquinerie Paris, France
Sep 28 La Maroquinerie Paris, France
Sep 30 LA SIRENE La Rochelle, France
Oct 01 Sala Apolo Barcelona, Spain
Oct 02 Shoko Madrid, Spain
Oct 03 Plateruena Durango, Spain
Oct 04 Amplifest Porto, Portugal
Oct 06 La Coopérative de Mai Clermont Ferrand, France
Oct 07 FRI-SON Fribourg, Switzerland
Oct 08 Grabenhalle St. Gallen, Switzerland
Oct 09 Hiroshima Club Turin, Italy
Oct 10 Estragon Club Bologna, Italy
Oct 11 Circolo degli Artisti Rome, Italy
Oct 12 Alcatraz Milano Milan Mi, Italy
Oct 14 Pogon Jedinstvo Zagreb, Croatia
Oct 15 A38 Ship Budapest, Hungary
Oct 16 Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oct 17 Arena Big Hall Vienna, Austria
Oct 18 Unsound Festival Krakow, Poland
Oct 20 Lucerna Music bar Prague, Czech Republic
Oct 21 Berghain Berlin, Germany
Oct 22 Berghain Berlin, Germany
Oct 23 Schauspiel Leipzig Leipzig, Germany
Oct 24 Gebäude 9 Cologne, Germany
Oct 25 PAVILLON Hannover, Germany n
Oct 27 KAMPNAGEL Hamburg K2 Hamburg, Germany
Oct 29 Beatpol Dresden, Germany
Oct 30 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof e.V. Wiesbaden, Germany
Oct 31 Jubez Karlsruhe, Germany
Nov 01 Feierwerk Munich, Germany
Nov 23 Mouth To Mouth / Le Guess Who Fest. Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov 23 VEGA Main Hall Vesterbro/Kongens Enghave, Denmark
Nov 24 Rockefeller Oslo, Norway
Nov 25 SLAKTHUSET Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 26 Tavastia Helsinki, Finland
Nov 28 Kosmonavt Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Nov 29 Volta Moscow, Russian Federation
Dec 07 DRILL:BRIGHTON Brighton, United Kingdom
Dec 12 Warsaw Brooklyn, NY
May 21 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom

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