A noisy post-rock assualt on the senses.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
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.
This version of the title track from the new album was recorded live on tour last year, and comes from the DVD included with the deluxe version of the CD. Like many of the greatest songs from this era of the band, it is a long (28 minute!) multi-part track which builds from quiet experimentation to relentless, repetitive noise, punctuated at its peak by Gira's distinctive vocals. It serves not only as an excellent introduction to the album, but also as an example of the ensemble's uncompromising live performance.
Gira has said that this record and tour will be the last by this incarnation of the band, after which he will continue working as Swans, but "with a revolving cast of collaborators." Whether you're a long-time fan who has seen the band numerous times over the years, or you're new to the band and want to see what they're all about, you don't want to miss this one.
Swans are coming to the 9:30 Club next Thursday, July 28th. Get your tickets here.