Swans

Also known as Swans, The

Profile of the performer Swans: Swans is a band from New York City, New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, founded & led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist [a79651].



Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is a Good Idea.



Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier output. Drum machines and samples were slightly more prominent. Michael Gira was joined vocally by Jarboe which gave the band a broader sonic range. Tracks featuring Jarboe were often quieter, even pretty, acting as counterpoint to the more harrowing themes on the albums. Over time, this style would come to dominate the Swans’ output, although they somehow seem to have been able to make a strummed acoustic guitar seem as brutal as their earlier amped-up assaults. The lush instrumentation of their albums from the late 1980s and the 1990’s anticipated the birth of post-rock.



Swans eventually broke up in 1997; Gira went on to release some solo work, later forming the band The Angels of Light, who continue many of the themes and styles found in (later) Swans. Jarboe releases solo work and frequently works with other bands and artists; recently she released an album with Neurosis, a group clearly heavily influenced by Swans.



The influence of Swans upon the music world is profound. Across their 15 years of existence, the various styles they explored gave birth to grindcore (Napalm Death, Nasum) modern "cinematic" post-rock (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono), and atmospheric sludge metal (Isis, Neurosis).



In January 2010, Michael Gira reactivated Swans and released a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky on September 2010, and the band simultaneously embarked on a world tour scheduled to last eighteen months. The band had been chosen by Portishead to perform at the ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festivals that they curated in July 2011 at London’s Alexandra Palace and in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.



On August 28, 2012, Swans released The Seer, a double-album running 2 hours in length. Frontman Michael Gira described the album as taking "30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade." Describing the songwriting process, Gira said, "The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while."

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  9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swans_(band)
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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label production
1 New Mind 3 mp3, CD 1987 Product Inc.
2 Swans - Love Will Tear Us Apart Love Will Tear Us Apart 3 mp3, CD 1988 Product Inc.
3 Swans - Time Is Money (Bastard) Time Is Money (Bastard) 3 mp3, CD 1986 K.422
4 Swans - Greed Greed 7 mp3, CD 1986-02-28 K.422
5 Swans - Failure / Animus Failure / Animus 2 mp3, CD 1996 Arts & Commerce
6 Swans - The Great Annihilator The Great Annihilator 16 mp3, CD 1994 Invisible
7 Swans - Holy Money Holy Money 7 mp3, CD 1986-00-00 K.422
8 Swans - Filth Filth 9 mp3, CD 1990 Young God Records
9 Swans - Cop Cop 8 mp3, CD 1984 K.422
10 Swans - Children Of God Children Of God 13 mp3, CD 1987 Caroline Records
11 Swans - Feel Good Now Feel Good Now 22 mp3, CD 1987-00-00 Not On Label (Swans)
12 Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind Soundtracks For The Blind 26 mp3, CD 1996 Young God Records
13 Swans - Anonymous Bodies In An Empty Room Anonymous Bodies In An Empty Room 8 mp3, CD 1990 Not On Label
14 Swans - Children Of God / World Of Skin Children Of God / World Of Skin 32 mp3, CD 1997
15 Filth 9 mp3, CD 1983
16 Swans - Love Of Life Love Of Life 4 mp3, CD 1992 Young God Records
17 Swans - Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money 31 mp3, CD 1999 Thirsty Ear
18 Swans - Young God Young God 4 mp3, CD 1984 K.422
19 Swans - A Screw A Screw 3 mp3, CD 1986-05-02 K.422
20 Swans - Children Of God Children Of God 13 mp3, CD 1987 Product Inc.
21 Swans - Children Of God Children Of God 13 mp3, CD 1987
22 Swans - Love Of Life Love Of Life 17 mp3, CD 1992
23 Swans - The Burning World The Burning World 10 mp3, CD 1989 UNI Records
24 Swans - Body To Body Job To Job Body To Body Job To Job 16 mp3, CD 1991 Young God Records
25 Swans - Swans Are Dead Swans Are Dead 18 mp3, CD 1998 Young God Records
26 Swans - Filth (L.P.#1, E.P.#1) 1982/83 Filth (L.P.#1, E.P.#1) 1982/83 15 mp3, CD 1990 Young God Records
27 Various Failures 1988-1992 36 mp3, CD 1999 Young God Records
28 Swans - Filth / Body To Body, Job To Job Filth / Body To Body, Job To Job 35 mp3, CD 2000 Young God Records
29 Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea Public Castration Is A Good Idea 8 mp3, CD 1999 Thirsty Ear
30 Swans - Real Love Real Love 8 mp3, CD 1996 Atavistic
31 Swans - Omniscience Omniscience 12 mp3, CD 1992
32 Swans - Love Of Life / Amnesia Love Of Life / Amnesia 4 mp3, CD 1992 Young God Records
33 Swans - Children Of God Children Of God 13 mp3, CD 1987 Fringe Product
34 Swans - The Great Annihilator The Great Annihilator 17 mp3, CD 2002-01-22 Young God Records
35 Swans - White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity 12 mp3, CD 1991-05-06 Young God Records
36 Swans - Kill The Child - 1985,1986,1987 Live Kill The Child - 1985,1986,1987 Live 9 mp3, CD 1995 Disaster Records
37 Swans - Love Will Tear Us Apart Love Will Tear Us Apart 4 mp3, CD 1988 Product Inc.
38 Swans - Forever Burned Forever Burned 17 mp3, CD 2003 Young God Records
39 Swans - Love Of Life Love Of Life 16 mp3, CD 1992
40 Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea Public Castration Is A Good Idea 8 mp3, CD 1986 Not On Label
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