In 2010, frontman Michael Gira assembled a new version of noise-rock old gods Swans. Since then, they’ve released three titanic and terrifying albums and played a ton of supremely brain-breaking live shows. And now it looks like we’ll get one more album out of this version of the band. Better that than none!
On the band’s Facebook, Gira writes that the band has just gotten home from touring behind last year’s monstrous To Be Kind. He writes that they’re set to start work on their next LP in September and that “this will be the final Swans album (and subsequent tour) for this version / iteration of Swans. Not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that’s perhaps a good thing…” They’ll finance the recording of the album by releasing a live album called The Gate. (In the past, Gira has used live records to fund studio albums from Swans and from his other band Angels Of Light.) Here’s the full statement:
Just got home comatose after finishing up the final leg of our 14 month tour for Swans To Be Kind album. We have come to your town, though it’s doubtful we have partied down. It has been a privilege to be inside the sound that on some nights seems to create itself of its own accord, and it’s gratifying that many of you have conveyed to us that it’s been a positive experience for you too… Next step: Sept 1 we commence a new Swans album. This will be the final Swans album (and subsequent tour) for this version / iteration of Swans. Not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that’s perhaps a good thing… We’ll be making a live album/fundraiser (called The Gate) soon, in order to raise the necessary – somewhat daunting – capital for the studio album, which is bound to be an insatiable beast… more soon, Thanks and Love! – Michael Gira
If Swans goes inactive forever after another album, it’ll be sad, but it won’t be a tragedy. It’s a miracle that we ever got to hear this version of the band at all.