Swans have commenced the sixth leg of a year-long world-wide tour celebrating the release of their 2-CD set To Be Kind, the third studio album from this outfit since their reactivation by band primum mobile Michael Gira in 2010 after a 14 year hiatus. In addition, on November 4 they re-issued their 1983 debut album Filth on vinyl for the first time in decades. In addition on November 25 they release a digital EP of “Oxygen” from To Be Kind, featuring four different versions: 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 StudioMute.
The touring line-up is: Michael Gira – guitar, voice (original Swans); Norman Westberg – guitar (original Swans); Christoph Hahn – guitar (mid period Swans and most Angels Of Light); Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, dulcimer etc etc (final Swans tour and most Angels); Chris Pravdica – bass and gadgets (Flux Information Sciences / Services/ Gunga Din); Thor Harris – drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, curios, keys, etc etc… (Angels / Shearwater).
To Be Kind was produced by Michael Gira, performed by the touring line-up, recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas; further recordings and mixing were accomplished at Congleton’s studio in Dallas, Texas. Gira says of the new album, “A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.” The album debuted at #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 sales chart and has garnered a huge amount of ecstatic coverage from a host of impressive outlets.
SWANS LAST DATE OF 2014
12/12/2014 – Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY
SWANS North American Tour Dates 2015
2/17/2015 Portland ME Port City Music Hall
2/18/2015 Providence RI Columbus Theatre
2/19/2015 Montreal QC Theatre National
2/20/2015 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theater
2/21/2015 Chicago IL Thalia Hall
2/23/2015 Grand Rapids MI The Pyramid Scheme
2/24/2015 Cincinnati OH Woodward Theater
2/25/2015 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom