Also known as Swans, The
Members of Swans: Algis A. Kizys, Anton Fier, Bill Bronson, Bob Pezzola, Chris Pravdica, Clinton Steele, Daniel Galli-Duani, Harry Crosby, Jarboe, Jason Asnes, Jenny Wade, Jonathan Kane, Kristof Hahn, Larry Mullins, Lary Seven, Mark Pankler, Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Phil Puleo, Roli Mosimann, Sue Hanel, Ted Parsons, Thor Harris, Vinnie Signorelli, William Rieflin
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://swans.pair.com/, http://www.facebook.com/SwansOfficial, http://myspace.com/swansaredead, http://soundcloud.com/swansofficial, http://swans.bandcamp.com/, http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialSwans, http://younggodrecords.com/pages/swans, http://mute.com/artists/swans, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swans_(band)

Discography of Swans:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 New Mind 3 Audio 1987 Product Inc.
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart 3 Audio 1988 Product Inc.
3 Time Is Money (Bastard) 3 Audio 1986 K.422
4 Greed 7 Audio 1986-02-28 K.422
5 Failure / Animus 2 Audio 1996 Arts & Commerce
6 The Great Annihilator 16 Audio 1994 Invisible
7 Holy Money 7 Audio 1986-00-00 K.422
8 Filth 9 Audio 1990 Young God Records
9 Cop 8 Audio 1984 K.422
10 Children Of God 13 Audio 1987 Caroline Records
11 Feel Good Now 22 Audio 1987-00-00 Not On Label (Swans)
12 Soundtracks For The Blind 26 Audio 1996 Young God Records
13 Anonymous Bodies In An Empty Room 8 Audio 1990 Not On Label
14 Children Of God / World Of Skin 32 Audio 1997
15 Filth 9 Audio 1983
16 Love Of Life 4 Audio 1992 Young God Records
17 Cop/Young God/Greed/Holy Money 31 Audio 1999 Thirsty Ear
18 Young God 4 Audio 1984 K.422
19 A Screw 3 Audio 1986-05-02 K.422
20 Children Of God 13 Audio 1987 Product Inc.
21 Children Of God 13 Audio 1987
22 Love Of Life 17 Audio 1992
23 The Burning World 10 Audio 1989 UNI Records
24 Body To Body Job To Job 16 Audio 1991 Young God Records
25 Swans Are Dead 18 Audio 1998 Young God Records
26 Filth (L.P.#1, E.P.#1) 1982/83 15 Audio 1990 Young God Records
27 Various Failures 1988-1992 36 Audio 1999 Young God Records
28 Filth / Body To Body, Job To Job 35 Audio 2000 Young God Records
29 Public Castration Is A Good Idea 8 Audio 1999 Thirsty Ear
30 Real Love 8 Audio 1996 Atavistic
31 Omniscience 12 Audio 1992
32 Love Of Life / Amnesia 4 Audio 1992 Young God Records
33 Children Of God 13 Audio 1987 Fringe Product
34 The Great Annihilator 17 Audio 2002-01-22 Young God Records
35 White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity 12 Audio 1991-05-06 Young God Records
36 Kill The Child - 1985,1986,1987 Live 9 Audio 1995 Disaster Records
37 Love Will Tear Us Apart 4 Audio 1988 Product Inc.
38 Forever Burned 17 Audio 2003 Young God Records
39 Love Of Life 16 Audio 1992
40 Public Castration Is A Good Idea 8 Audio 1986 Not On Label
41 Swans Are Dead 16 Audio 1998-02-00
42 Soundtracks For The Blind 26 Audio 1996
43 Die Tür Ist Zu 7 Audio 1996
44 Love Will Tear Us Apart 2 Audio 1988 Product Inc.
45 Celebrity Lifestyle · Mother / Father 3 Audio 1994 Invisible
46 Swans 4 Audio 1982 Labor
47 Can't Find My Way Home 3 Audio 1989 MCA Records
48 Feel Good Now 11 Audio 2002 Atavistic
49 Greed 10 Audio 1987 K.422
50 The Great Annihilator 16 Audio 1994

Swans is a band from New York City, New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, founded & led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist [a79651].

Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is a Good Idea.

Their initial style shifted a little by the time Swans released seminal twin albums Greed and Holy Money. The music had sped up, at times being even more punishing than their earlier output. Drum machines and samples were slightly more prominent. Michael Gira was joined vocally by Jarboe which gave the band a broader sonic range. Tracks featuring Jarboe were often quieter, even pretty, acting as counterpoint to the more harrowing themes on the albums. Over time, this style would come to dominate the Swans’ output, although they somehow seem to have been able to make a strummed acoustic guitar seem as brutal as their earlier amped-up assaults. The lush instrumentation of their albums from the late 1980s and the 1990’s anticipated the birth of post-rock.

Swans eventually broke up in 1997; Gira went on to release some solo work, later forming the band The Angels of Light, who continue many of the themes and styles found in (later) Swans. Jarboe releases solo work and frequently works with other bands and artists; recently she released an album with Neurosis, a group clearly heavily influenced by Swans.

The influence of Swans upon the music world is profound. Across their 15 years of existence, the various styles they explored gave birth to grindcore (Napalm Death, Nasum) modern "cinematic" post-rock (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono), and atmospheric sludge metal (Isis, Neurosis).

In January 2010, Michael Gira reactivated Swans and released a new album, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky on September 2010, and the band simultaneously embarked on a world tour scheduled to last eighteen months. The band had been chosen by Portishead to perform at the ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festivals that they curated in July 2011 at London’s Alexandra Palace and in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

On August 28, 2012, Swans released The Seer, a double-album running 2 hours in length. Frontman Michael Gira described the album as taking "30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade." Describing the songwriting process, Gira said, "The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while."

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