When Swans split in 1996, it was supposed to be the finale, with bandleader and single constant member Michael Gira moving on to concentrate on his other project, Angels of Light. Gira reconvened the band, however, in 2010, with a whole new lineup that has since become one of the longest-running in the band’s history. In that time, Swans have released four albums, from 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky to this year’s The Glowing Man. Gira had stated before recording even started that The Glowing Man would be the last album with this particular line-up, after which Swans will mutate again to become something new. But before doing that, the band is embarking on one last massive worldwide tour, and Washington, DC fans were fortunate to get a show at the 9:30 Club last week.
A noisy post-rock assualt on the senses.
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Micheal Gira reconvened Swans after over a decade on hiatus in 2009 with a new lineup, one of the strongest in the band's 34 year history. That lineup has now released four albums – 2010's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, 2012's The Seer, 2014's To Be Kind, and finally, this year, The Glowing Man.
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