Swans - "The Apostate" Live Video

Swans’ behemoth double-LP The Seer is a pretty safe bet to be included in most year-end top 10s, and the album hits its apex at its conclusion: the 23-minute “The Apostate.” Generally speaking, 23 minutes is about the length of a sitcom (sans commercials), not a single, so it’s appropriate that the band edited the thing down for its video; here it clocks in at a brisk 12 minutes. The song is as hypnotic and intense as a peyote ritual, and the live experience captured in this performance video makes that analogy seem especially apt. I literally bought tickets to see them in NYC next week immediately after seeing this. Check out the video and tour dates below.

the apostate (edit) from Marco Porsia on Vimeo.

10/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/23 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/25 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
10/26 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
10/28 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/01 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airways Festival
11/15 – London, UK @ Koko
11/16 – Glasgow, Uk @ The Arches
11/17 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
11/19 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
11/20 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
11/21 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat
11/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
11/23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal
11/24 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret
11/25 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
11/27 – Prague, CZ @ Lucenra Music Bar
11/28 – Vienna, AT @ Arena Big Hall
11/30 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
12/01 – Gumares, PT @ Sao Mamede Cultural Capitol Village Event
12/02 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun-Sunns Curator Festival
12/03 – Bern, CH @ Reitschule Gross Halle
12/04 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
12/06 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo (Primavera Xmas Event)
12/07 – Madrid, ES @ Matadero Theatre (Primavera Xmas Event)
12/09 – Sevila, ES @ Teatro Central

Comments (3)
  1. Bring earplugs to the live show.
    Also, loose fitting pants are fun at a Swans show because the sound makes them flap back and forth on your legs.
    Check to make sure you don’t have any loose fillings.
    Wear comfortable shoes (you’ll be standing for over 2 hours)
    Bring earplugs.

    One of the most overwhelming live shows I’ve ever been to this year. They closed with “The Apostate” and when that drum outro hits… damn. Perfect ending.

  2. Was already very, very stoked, now exponentially more so. Thank you!

  3. Good God. Seeing them in Knoxville Sunday night. Was planning to bring earplugs, but thanks for confirming, RJ!

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