Saturday, 9 January 2010

New Swans! New Swans! OMG!

It's a 2010 miracle! Today Michael Gira, or his intern, or whoever updates the Swans MySpace page changed the band's display name from "Swans Are Dead" to "Swans Are Not Dead." Like a hard-rockin' phoenix rising from the ashes of the late 90s, the group's reformation announcement has sparked a light of nihilistic hope (???) in my icy goth heart.

A new song, "Jim," is available for your listening pleasure on the aforementioned MySpace page. It and several other acoustic versions of tracks that are being considered for the new Swans album will be available on a super limited (1000 copies only) release called I Am Not Insane, which also includes a DVD of two live Gira performances. This is a homemade release. YEAH THAT'S RIGHT MICHAEL GIRA IS SITTING ON THE FLOOR IN HIS LIVING ROOM RIGHT FREAKIN' NOW SEWING UP THE LITTLE PAPER SLEEVES AND CUTTING OUT PICTURES FROM FASHION MAGAZINES TO USE IN COLLAGES FOR YOUR VERY OWN PERSONAL ALBUM. I know because I put a camera in his house.

This release, which will be available from Young God Records, goes towards defraying the cost of recording the new Swans album.

But what I'm really excited for is...TOURING. Yes, tours (multiple) have been promised.

In addition to M. Gira, the following people have signed on:

Norman Westberg – Guitar (original swans)
Christophj Hahn – Guitar (mid period swans and most angels)
Phil Puleo – Drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final swans tour and most angels)
Chris Pravdica – Bass and gadgets (flux information sciences / services/ gunga din)
Thor Harris, Drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, etc etc... (angels, now also with shearwater)

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