Swans Reforming, Touring, Recording

As the post title over at MySpace reads “COMING SOON, NEW SWANS ALBUM AND TOUR(S).” And as close readers will also note, the seminal noise-rock crew’s swansaredead MySpace page has been updated with a “Swans Are Not Dead” headline. This, of course, is extremely exciting news: Probably my favorite band to emerge from that early ’80s NYC scene. When I spoke with M. Gira about all of this last week, he told me about the aesthetic feel for the new collection:

[The] approach will be “basically where Soundtracks For The Blind/Swans Are Dead left off, with influence of Angels of Light in there too. Probably pretty severe tho, according to my present mood…”

Gira recently added an acoustic solo demo of a song called “Jim” over at MySpace. It’s a rough version of a song being considered for the album. One of many. He passed along a copy, so take a listen while you read up on more details surrounding the release of the first Swans studio album since 1996.

M. Gira/Swans – “Jim” (MP3)

The note via MySpace:

A CD of these acoustic versions, as well as a live (2 shows) dvd of m.gira will be for sale very soon as a hand made (by gira) package called I Am Not Insane (CD/DVD). This package — in a limited edition of 1000 — will be sold in order to raise money for the Swans recordings/offset the huge costs involved … check back here or at and http://younggodrecords.com for ordering details and more information … coming soon … coming soon…

Principal players on the Swans album are (and there will be many special guests):

Michael Gira / gtr / voice / mendicant friar act (original swans)

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)

Angels Of Light is temporarily on hold while gira pursues his “new” project…

If all goes well, look for an early Fall 2010 release. Tour info when we have it. In the meantime, keep watch at MySpace where you can sign up for a mailing list and remain in the loop regarding future Swans rumblings. Get some earplugs:

[Photo: Swans circa 1986]