Swans Announce Spring Tour, New Album

Swans announce details of a US and UK tour in May and June 2014, following the release of the new album To Be Kind on Young God Records (North America) May 13 and on Mute May 12 in the rest of the world. The US dates begin in Washington, DC May 15 and UK dates begin in Manchester on May 22. Swans are Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica and these are their first US dates since last July.

Swans infamous and powerful live show was described by the New York Times as “an act of generosity,” by Time Magazine as “a force that jolts you into focus” while Spin.com asked “Are Swans the best live band in the world right now?” and it was on this recent 2012/2013 tour, Gira explains, that “a good portion of the material for this album was developed live.”

To Be Kind features several special guests: Little Annie, St. Vincent, labelmate Cold Specks and Bill Rieflin. The album was produced by Michael Gira, and recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, Texas. Further recordings and mixing were accomplished in Dallas, Texas.

Explaining the proposed formats, Gira has said, “It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. In addition, I am thinking of releasing it as a USB “stick” / flashdrive (with special packaging), so that this ultimate, high quality version can be listened to from beginning to end, without interruption (the album is a little over 2 hours long).”

Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010) and 2012’s The Seer. 2014’s new album To Be Kind was in part funded through sales of the live 2 CD set Not Here/Not Now available exclusively from the band’s site.

14 May – Washington DC, Black Cat Mainstage
15 May – Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer
17 May – Boston MA, Royale Nightclub
18 May – New York NY, Bowery Ballroom
19 May – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
22 May – Manchester UK, Academy 2
23 May – Newcastle UK, Hoults Yard
24 May – Glasgow UK, The Arches
25 May – Aberdeen UK, The Lemon Tree
27 May – London UK, Brixton Electric
28 May – Bristol UK, Trinity Community Arts
29 May – Reading UK, Sub89
31 May – Birmingham UK, Supersonic Festival – Custard Factory
1 June – Leeds UK, Cockpit
2 June – Brighton UK, Concorde 2
Support comes from Jenny Hval on all the May dates.

In March 2014 Michael Gira will embark on a solo acoustic tour through Europe.

1 March – Lyon, FR – Les Abattoirs
4 March – Porto, PT – Passos Manuel
6 March – Madrid, ES – El Sol
7 March – San Sebastian, ES – Andia Kuxta
8 March – Barcelona, ES – Sala Apolo
10 March – Paris, FR – Église Saint-Merri Church
11 March – Amsterdam, NL – MC Theater
12 March – London, UK – Church of St John-at-Hackney
14 March – Copenhagen, DK – Hofteatret
15 March – Oslo, NO – Blå
16 March – Oslo, NO – Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
18 March – Warsaw, PL – Pardon, To Tu
19 March – Warsaw, PL – Pardon, To Tu
21 March – St. Petersburg, RU – Dada
22 March – Moscow, RU – Teatr Club
24 March – Odessa, UA – Bernardazzi Wine Club
26 March – Bucharest, RO – Control Club
27 March – Bologna, IT – Locomotiv
28 March – Milan, IT – Bloom
29 March – Berlin, DE – Kantine, Berghain

Photo by Jennifer Church


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