Swans is an American post-punk band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York No Wave scene and stay intact into the next decade. Formed by Gira in 1982, Swans employed a shifting lineup of musicians until their dissolution in 1997. Besides Gira, the only other constant members were keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Jarboe from 1984 to 1997, and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg. The band was noted for droning vocals and repetitive song structures. In 2010, Gira reactivated Swans without Jarboe. The reformed band has released two new studio albums: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky in 2010, followed by The Seer in 2012.

SWANS announce Oxygen EP release, out 24 Nov - Listen to Daniel Miller's edit

SWANS announce Oxygen EP release

SWANS will release a new EP, Oxygen, out digitally on 24 November 2014. Featuring an edit of Oxygen by Mute founder Daniel Miller, a live version from Primavera, an early version recorded at Gira’s home and an acoustic version recorded at Studio Mute, the title track of the four-track EP is taken from their latest album:

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Swans re-issue debut album FILTH, on vinyl w original cover art

Swans re-issue debut album FILTH

Young God Records follows the release of this year’s two hour long Swans opus To Be Kind, with the vinyl re-release of their debut album Filth on October 28 on Young God in North America and Mute the preceding day in all other territories. Filth inaugurates an ambitious series of re-issues of Swans’ back-catalogue over the coming year. This is the first authorized vinyl edition of the album in 24 years:

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Swans announce show at London's Roundhouse, share new short film.

SWANS announce more shows, Share short film

Swans have announced a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse, on 21 May 2015. special guests will be announced shortly.
The band’s extensive live schedule sees them return to Europe in September, and a recently announced festival curated by Swans / Michael Gira will see:

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Pharmakon announces new LP "Bestial Burden", out 10/14 0n Sacred Bones shares album teaser, Pharmakon will tour with Swans, starting Sep 25, in Brussels,

Pharmakon announces new LP “Bestial Burden”

Four days before New York noise musician Margaret Chardiet was supposed leave for her first European tour as Pharmakon, she had a medical emergency which resulted in a major surgery. Suddenly, instead of getting on a plane, she was bedridden for,

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