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Swans (/swɒnz/) are an American experimental rock band formed in 1982 by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. One of few acts to emerge from the New York City-based no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade, Swans have become recognized for a unique, ever-changing sound which has contributed to the development of genres such as noise rock, post-punk, industrial and post-rock. Initially, their music was known for its sonic brutality and misanthropic lyrics. Following the addition of singer, songwriter and keyboardist Jarboe, who first appeared on the 1986 single "Time Is Money (Bastard)" and debuted as a songwriter on the 1987 album Children of God, Swans began to incorporate more melody and intricacy into their music. Jarboe
Jarboe
remained the band's only constant member except Gira and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg
Norman Westberg
until their dissolution in 1997. Since 1990, all Swans records have been released through Gira's own label, Young God Records. In 2010, Gira re-formed the band without Jarboe, establishing a stable lineup of musicians which has toured worldwide and released several albums to critical acclaim.[1] This iteration of the group performed its last shows in November 2017, ending the tour in support of its final album The Glowing Man.[2] Afterwards, Gira plans to reinvent Swans "with a revolving cast of contributors".[2]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years (1982–1985)

1.1.1 Initial influences 1.1.2 Early press comparisons 1.1.3 Live shows

1.2 Mid-period (1986–1988) 1.3 Later years (1988–1997)

1.3.1 Demise

1.4 Post-breakup and re-formation (1997–present)

2 Musical style and legacy 3 Discography 4 Members

4.1 Current 4.2 Former 4.3 Timeline

5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

The band was formed and has been led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira, here shown performing in Kansas City, Missouri in September 2012.

Early years (1982–1985)[edit] Initial influences[edit] Michael Gira
Michael Gira
has repeatedly stated he took the moniker Swans as it described the sound he wanted best. Gira's summation of the name follows along the lines of: "Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments."[3] The earliest known lineup of Swans comprised Gira on bass guitar and vocals, Jonathan Kane
Jonathan Kane
on drums, Sue Hanel on guitar, Mojo on percussion and tape loops and either Thurston Moore, Dan Braun
Dan Braun
or Jon Tessler on the second bass guitar. Jon Tessler also played percussion and tape loops. Hanel's only recordings with the group are on the compilation Body to Body, Job to Job, but the ambiguous personnel credits do not make it clear on which songs she performed. Kane stated that "Sue was the most fearsome guitarist we'd ever heard in New York. She was unbelievable."[4] Hanel did not stay long in the group, and by the time of their recording debut she had been replaced by Bob Pezzola. This lineup of the group also featured saxophonist Daniel Galli-Duani, who had previously played with Kane as the avant-garde duo Transmission. The debut EP, Swans, released on Labor, is markedly different from anything they would do later. The plodding tempos and distorted, detuned guitar work is reminiscent of such post-punk outfits as Joy Division. However, the minimal chord structures owe more to blues, while the jazz instrumentation and awkward time signatures are evidence of Swans' roots in the no wave scene of the late 1970s,[5][6] which had more or less collapsed by the release of 1984's Cop. Early press comparisons[edit] Kane compares Swans to blues icon Chester Burnett, a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf. Some similarities worth noting—the music of early Swans was often based on a single riff, played repeatedly to hypnotic effect. Some of Burnett's songs—especially the songs penned by Burnett himself—have a similar structure and quality. Their early music was typified by slow and grinding guitar noise, and pounding drums, punctuated by Gira's morbid and violent lyrics (inspired by Jean Genet and Marquis de Sade), usually barked or shouted. Critics have described Swans' early recordings as "aggressive beyond words".[7] Their first full-length release, Filth (1983), featured driving, choppy rhythms and abrasive drums. The whole is reminiscent of earlier no wave bands, such as Mars, and the work of Swans' contemporaries, like Sonic Youth's Confusion Is Sex
Confusion Is Sex
and Kill Yr Idols; but critic Ned Raggett contends that "early Swans really is like little else on the planet before or since".[8] Filth was the first album to feature guitarist Norman Westberg, who would play a vital role in much of Swans' music and would feature on every subsequent studio album apart from Love of Life. Cop (1984) and the originally untitled Young God EP were both released in 1984 and re-released together on CD in 1992. Young God has been known by several names, usually by one of its two A-sides, such as "I Crawled" or, notoriously, as "Raping a Slave". This release is often confused with their self-titled debut. The music continues in the same vein as Filth, and is again vaguely reminiscent of heavy metal music played in extreme slow motion. Swans were, in this era, Gira on vocals, Westberg on guitar, Harry Crosby on bass guitar and Roli Mosimann on drums. Gira's vocals had changed slightly, becoming slowly more melodic, although the snarl still remained. Some of the songs on the EP, particularly "Young God" and "I Crawled", have an actual vocal melody, if rudimentary, hinting at the sounds of future releases. Young God is considered by many to be the best of their early releases for this reason. Justin Broadrick
Justin Broadrick
shared this impression of the group:

“ The first Swans record I owned was Slave EP [Young God], and it absolutely blew me away... it was a sound that I always wanted to hear, just the bleakest and blackest. The minimalist approach of the music, that was what really influenced me. It was non-genre-specific, with a total lack of baggage... purely abstract, surreal, and violent. It communicated to me in a very special way, and taught me that heavy metal could be stripped of everything and reduced to its most primal form. None of the traditional genre bullshit, you know? Really changed my perspective on music at the time. Joy Division, Killing Joke—Swans took the blueprint from these bands and just pushed it way, way further, more outside of the whole rock thing generally, and paved the way for me.[citation needed] ”

Live shows[edit] One of the trademarks of Swans' early period was playing at painfully loud volumes during concerts, often leading to police stopping shows. Gira was also notably confrontational with the audience, such as stepping on people's fingers resting on the stage, pulling people's hair and, notably, physically assaulting anyone caught in the crowd headbanging; something Gira detested.[9] This lent a reputation to the name Swans which was one of the contributing factors in Gira's retirement of the band in 1997.[10] Since Swans' re-formation, Gira has made a point of maintaining the intensity of their live show, stating that it is at once "soul-uplifting and body-destroying". He has also sometimes turned off the air conditioning before Swans performed and compared the experience to a Native American sweat lodge.[11] Mid-period (1986–1988)[edit] 1986's Greed saw a new addition to the group with vocalist/keyboardist Jarboe
Jarboe
joining the band.[a] Her presence began a slow thawing in the overt brutality and energy of Swans' early work. Greed also marked the introduction of bassist Algis Kizys
Algis Kizys
as a long-time, near-constant member. The album is not as brutal or noisy as their previous releases but is still an extremely ominous and dark record. This was followed by its "twin" album, Holy Money, the first to feature Jarboe
Jarboe
on lead vocals. Holy Money
Holy Money
was also the first album by Swans to incorporate acoustic elements, in particular, the eight-minute dirge "Another You", which starts with a bluesy harmonica introduction. It also marks the introduction of religious themes in Swans records with the sacrificial ode "A Hanging", complete with gospel-like backing vocals from Jarboe. Children of God (1987) further expanded Jarboe's role, acting as a foil to Michael Gira's tales of suffering, torture and humiliation. The stories portrayed here, however, are ever the more unusual, given their juxtaposition—and admixture—with religious imagery. The intention was neither to mock nor embrace religion, but experiment with the power inherent in its messages and the hypocrisy of many of its leaders.[12] Some songs, such as "Beautiful Child", retain the vocal style of earlier days, but many are quite tame. The almost baroque "In My Garden", for example, added an extra dimension with piano (used before on "Fool" and "Sealed in Skin" to far grimmer effect) and acoustic guitar. In between the two poles, there are pieces like "Sex, God, Sex" (heavy metal-like bass riffs with blues and gospel-inspired singing), "Blood and Honey" (a murder ballad with early post-rock tendencies) and "Blind Love" (a lengthy song, alternating between intoned vocals and violent instrumental passages). Gira considers this to be the band's major turning point.[citation needed] Later years (1988–1997)[edit] After the Children of God album, Gira professed himself tired with the band's fearsome reputation for noise, feeling that their audience now had expectations that he had no intention of fulfilling. He made a conscious decision to tone down the band's sound, introducing more acoustic elements and increasingly emphasizing Jarboe
Jarboe
as a singer. The first results of this shift in direction were the two records recorded by Gira and Jarboe
Jarboe
under the names Skin (in Europe) and World of Skin (in the US). The first, Blood, Women, Roses, featured Jarboe
Jarboe
on lead vocals, and the second, Shame, Humility, Revenge, featured Gira on lead vocals. Both were recorded together in 1987, although Shame, Humility, Revenge was not released until 1988. These albums are full of slow, ethereal, melancholy, dirge-like songs, sounding like stripped down acoustic versions of the Children of God songs. The band continued this transformation with an unexpected cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", which was released as a single in 1988 on Product Inc. in a confusing array of 7" and 12" inch formats. Both Gira and Jarboe
Jarboe
sang lead vocals on different versions of the song. In later years Gira dismissed this release as a mistake, and for a long time refused to reissue his own vocal version, although Jarboe's version was re-released much sooner. However their version of the song was a hit on US college radio in 1988, which led to the group being offered a major label deal at Uni/MCA. "I'd worked so hard all my life", said Gira. "At 15, I was digging ditches in the desert in Israel, and I put myself through college painting houses. I never saw any money from any of our records. So by the time I finally got that carrot dangled in front of me, it was like, 'at last, I can make a living at what I love to do.'"[13] This single was followed by The Burning World (1989), Swans' first and only major label album. Released on Uni/MCA Records, the record was produced by Bill Laswell
Bill Laswell
and expanded the acoustic palette introduced on Greed and Children of God. For this album, the core line-up of Michael Gira, Jarboe
Jarboe
and Westberg was augmented by session musicians, and the distinctive heavy guitar element of their earlier work was toned down significantly in favor of folk and world music elements. Though Swans would later explore more acoustic music with similar moods, Gira has stated that, while he admires much of Laswell's work, his efforts with Swans were simply a mismatch. The album reportedly sold 5000 copies in the UK, one of the lowest numbers in the history of MCA Records, and was soon deleted from MCA's catalogue.[13] The Burning World was the first Swans album to feature more conventional pop melodies. Gira's lyrics still favored themes of depression, death, greed and despair, but were actually sung, rather than the chanting or shouting typical of earlier material. They even covered Steve Winwood's popular Blind Faith
Blind Faith
hit "Can't Find My Way Home", one of two singles from the LP. In 1990, Gira and Jarboe
Jarboe
released the third and final World of Skin album, Ten Songs for Another World. It was less successful than the previous two Skin albums. Gira's disillusionment with their Uni/MCA exploits led to White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991), a successful blending of earlier hard rock and later pop styles. Produced by Gira, the album blended acoustic rock, blues and hypnotic guitar noise successfully, resulting in an album more complex than anything they had released in the past. This album was followed by Love of Life (recorded by Martin Bisi
Martin Bisi
in 1992), the EP single Love of Life/Amnesia, taking the group even farther into experimentation, and then The Great Annihilator
The Great Annihilator
(1995), considered to be one of the band's most accessible releases, possibly through being their most straightforward. The songwriting style and musical approach, however, would take a more unusual turn the following year.

The re-formed Swans performing in Tallinn
Tallinn
in May 2011. From left to right: Thor Harris, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo
Phil Puleo
(behind drum set), Gira, Chris Pravdica and Norman Westberg.

Demise[edit] With other projects occupying his time, Gira decided to end the group with one last album and a world tour. Soundtracks for the Blind
Soundtracks for the Blind
(1996) was the result: a mammoth two-disc album comprising Jarboe-supplied field recordings, experimental music, dark ambient soundscapes, post-industrial epics, post rock suites and acoustic guitar. It is one of the most highly regarded albums of their career. Swans Are Dead (1998) brings together live recordings from their 1995 and 1997 tours, documenting the energy and stage presence of Michael Gira
Michael Gira
and Jarboe. In an interview, Gira revealed that there is more live material that may be released in the future. He described these unreleased recordings as "fairly spectacular".[14] Post-breakup and re-formation (1997–present)[edit] After dissolving Swans, Gira formed Angels of Light, continued his work with Young God Records and Jarboe
Jarboe
continued her solo work. In January 2010, Swans' re-formation was heralded with a new song posted on the Young God Records' MySpace, and officially confirmed by a post on the Young God Records Facebook
Facebook
and MySpace
MySpace
accounts.[15] Gira decided to bring back Swans during an Angels of Light
Angels of Light
show five years prior. In the middle of performing the song The Provider onstage utilizing "large chords that were very sustained and swaying, in this sort of slave-ship rhythm," he felt "a nascent urge right then to re-form or reinvigorate Swans because I remembered how elevating and intense that experience was".[16] To help raise money for the upcoming new Swans album, Gira released a new solo album, I Am Not Insane, via his Young God Records website.[17] LAS Magazine posted an article entitled "Kickstart My Art" on alternative financing in "a cash-strapped music industry, unable to rely on record label financing, [that] is positioning its own quid pro quo: fan dollars to fund projects in exchange for exclusive material and a sense of involvement" that cites Swans selling out of the 1,000 signed and numbered copies of I Am Not Insane as an example of reverse financing where proceeds from one project are rolled over to finance the next.[18]

Gira performing with Swans at OFF Festival
OFF Festival
2012

Swans then went on a series of U.S. and European tour dates,[19] and headlined the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, England in October 2010. The first post-reformation Swans album, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, was released on September 23, 2010, and the band simultaneously embarked on an eighteen-month world tour.[16] The band were chosen by Portishead to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festivals that Portishead curated in July 2011 at London's Alexandra Palace, and, in September 2011, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In 2012 Swans released the live album We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head, featuring material culled from their 2010–2011 tour, in support of production and recording costs for their forthcoming record, The Seer.[20] Initially released as a limited handmade edition of 1000 copies, We Rose... was re-released in May 2012 as a deluxe digipak.[21] On July 15, 2013, Gira announced a new, handmade live album in the vein of I Am Not Insane and We Rose..., titled Not Here / Not Now. The album was announced for sale on October 14, with the proceeds helping to fund the recording of the new Swans studio album with John Congleton, announced in 2014 as To Be Kind.[22][23] In 2014 the band announced that it signed with Mute Records
Mute Records
for the world outside North America and that the band would be touring. That same year, in November, the band curated a three-day program at Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, The Netherlands, including Wire, Silver Apples, Ben Frost, Prurient
Prurient
and Words To The Blind, a project by Savages together with Japanese band Bo Ningen.[24] In 2014 both The Seer and To Be Kind
To Be Kind
were ranked on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the Decade So Far 2010-2014." The Seer was ranked 17 and To Be Kind
To Be Kind
was ranked 85.[25] The band announced on July 22, 2015 that they would be recording their fourteenth studio album in September 2015, following a fundraiser album entitled The Gate,[26] as with the three previous post-reunion studio albums.[27] On April 5, 2016, the band announced The Glowing Man and shared a two-minute excerpt of the twenty-nine minute title track. The album was released on June 17, 2016 on Young God Records and Mute Records,[28] and is to be the final Swans album released under a mostly homogeneous lineup, although Gira will continue to release music with "a revolving cast" of musicians.[26][29] This final incarnation of the band announced for immediate release a live album, Deliquescence, on May 17. The album, limited to 3,000 CD-only copies, contains three tracks that have previously only been played live.[30] Musical style and legacy[edit]

Gira performing with Swans at Stylus, University of Leeds
University of Leeds
in April 2013

Swans' music has transformed greatly over the decades, but is typically dark[31][32] and "apocalyptic",[33] often focusing on themes of power, religion, sex and death,[34] and has been most generally associated with experimental rock.[35][36] According to Spin, the band demonstrates "unparalleled ability to translate the absurd violence of the human condition into music that’s as intoxicating as it is intense."[37] Swans' early work, rooted in the New York City-based no wave movement which was fading out by the time of their formation in 1982,[38] is extremely aggressive, characterized by Michael Gira
Michael Gira
as "stripping down the essential elements of what we consider to be rock music".[39] The Guardian
The Guardian
described it as "a cacophonous rhythmic throb which drew on post punk, industrial, doom metal, NYC avant minimalism and the blues; a sound which was matched by Gira's often nihilistic, anti-natalist and existential lyrical concerns ... delivered in a stentorian and messianic manner."[40] It was an important contribution to both industrial music[41] and noise rock[42] and influenced the emergence of grindcore[43] (inspiring also the use of "grind" in musical context)[44] and sludge metal.[45] Later in the 1980s, Swans' music began to incorporate more melodic and intricate elements, especially since Jarboe's debut as a songwriter on 1987's Children of God.[46] While generally maintaining much dissonance, the band's subsequent work further ventured into genres such as post-punk,[47] gothic rock,[31] neofolk,[48] psychedelic rock[34] and art rock.[33] Their final album before breaking up, 1996's Soundtracks for the Blind, is a double album which emphasizes atmosphere, a contribution to the post-rock,[31][34] drone[49] and dark ambient[49] genres. Since re-forming in 2010, Swans have continued to be associated with post-rock[47][32] and drone music[36] as well as noise rock.[46] Their last three double albums, which have brought them widespread critical acclaim, often feature long songs that develop complex soundscapes.[50] Swans have influenced a variety of experimental rock and extreme metal bands such as Napalm Death,[51] Neurosis,[52] Godflesh,[53] My Dying Bride,[54] Tool,[55] Low,[52] Godspeed You! Black Emperor,[52] Weakling,[56] and Khanate.[57] Discography[edit] Main article: Swans discography Studio albums

Filth (1983) Cop (1984) Greed (1986) Holy Money
Holy Money
(1986) Children of God (1987) The Burning World (1989) White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
(1991) Love of Life (1992) The Great Annihilator
The Great Annihilator
(1995) Soundtracks for the Blind
Soundtracks for the Blind
(1996) My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
(2010) The Seer (2012) To Be Kind
To Be Kind
(2014) The Glowing Man
The Glowing Man
(2016)

Members[edit]

Norman Westberg

Phil Puleo

Christopher Pravdica

Thor Harris (behind Gira)

Jarboe

Current[edit]

Michael Gira – guitar, vocals (1982–1997, 2010–present) Norman Westberg – guitar (1983–1995, 2010–present) Christoph Hahn – guitar, lap steel guitar (1988–1991, 2010–present) Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, dulcimer (1995–1997, 2010–present) Christopher Pravdica – bass guitar (2010–present) Paul Wallfisch – keyboards (2016–present)

Former[edit]

Dan Braun – bass guitar (1982) Bill Bronson – bass guitar (1995–1997) Harry Crosby – bass guitar (1983–1984) Toby Dammit – drums (1995–1996) Daniel Galli-Duani – saxophone (1982) Joe Goldring – bass guitar (1995–1997) Ronaldo Gonzalez – drums (1986–1987) Sue Hanel – guitar (1982) Thor Harris – drums, percussion, vibraphone, hammered dulcimer, keyboards (2010–2016) Jarboe – keyboards, vocals, piano (1984–1997, 2012) Jonathan Kane – drums (1982–1983) Algis Kizys – bass guitar (1986–1995) Sami Kumpulainen – bass guitar (1988) Mojo – percussion, tape loops (1982) Thurston Moore – bass guitar (1982) Virgil Moorefield – drums (1989) Roli Mosimann – drums (1983–1984) Ivan Nahem – drums (1982, 1986) Ted Parsons – drums (1985–1987) Bob Pezzola – drums (1982–1983) Bill Rieflin – drums, additional instruments (1995–1996; guest 2010–2014) Vinnie Signorelli – drums (1991–1992) Clint Steele – guitar (1990–1997) Jon Tessler – bass guitar, percussion, tape loops (1982) Jenny Wade – bass guitar (1991)

Timeline[edit]

Notes[edit]

^ Jarboe's first official recording with the band was on the Time is Money (Bastard) 12-inch, credited simply with "scream" (specifically at the start of the title track). By the time the track was recorded in the summer of 1985, she had already been in the band for about a month. Her first released tracks as lead vocalist and keyboardist for the band were on "You Need Me" on Holy Money
Holy Money
and "Blackmail", a B-side from the A Screw
A Screw
12". They both appear on the original CD version of Holy Money
Holy Money
and the Greed/ Holy Money
Holy Money
compilation, while a minimal version of the latter appears on Children of God.

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External links[edit]

Official site from Jarboe Official site from Michael Gira
Michael Gira
and Young God Records

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Swans

Michael Gira Christoph Hahn Christopher Pravdica Phil Puleo Paul Wallfisch Norman Westberg

Jarboe Algis Kizys Ted Parsons Thurston Moore Roli Mosimann Vincent Signorelli Bill Rieflin Toby Dammit Clinton Steele Harry Crosby Jonathan Kane Jenny Wade Ronaldo Gonzalez Ivan Nahem Thor Harris Sue Hanel Bob Pezzola

Studio albums

Filth Cop Greed Holy Money Children of God The Burning World White Light from the Mouth of Infinity Love of Life The Great Annihilator Soundtracks for the Blind My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky The Seer To Be Kind The Glowing Man

Fundraiser albums

I Am Not Insane We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head Not Here / Not Now The Gate

Live albums

Public Castration Is a Good Idea Feel Good Now Anonymous Bodies in an Empty Room Real Love Omniscience Kill the Child Swans Are Dead We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head Not Here / Not Now The Gate Deliquescence

Compilation albums

Body to Body, Job to Job Children of God/World of Skin Various Failures Filth/Body to Body, Job to Job Cop/Young God Greed/Holy Money Forever Burned

EPs

Swans Young God Love Will Tear Us Apart Die Tür ist zu Oxygen

Singles

"A Screw" "Time Is Money (Bastard)" "New Mind" "Can't Find My Way Home" "Saved" "Celebrity Lifestyle" "Failure/Animus" "I Am the Sun"

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Discography Young God Records Ecstatic Peace! Neutral Records Some Bizzare Records

Groups

Angels of Light The Body Lovers / The Body Haters Cop Shoot Cop Of Cabbages and Kings Prong Sulfur Unsane World of Skin

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Michael Gira

Solo discography

Solo albums

Drainland What We Did
What We Did
(with Dan Matz) Solo Recordings at Home I Am Not Insane

As Angels of Light

Studio albums

New Mother How I Loved You Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home The Angels of Light
Angels of Light
Sing 'Other People' Akron/Family
Akron/Family
& Angels of Light We Are Him

Live albums

We Were Alive!

As The Body Lovers/ The Body Haters

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Bands

Swans (discography) Pigface
Pigface
(discography) Circus Mort The World of Skin Akron/Family

People

Jarboe Bill Rieflin Devendra Banhart

Other

Young God Records

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WorldCat Identities LCCN: n92031205 MusicBrainz: 3285dc48-9505-469d

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