SWANS – quintessential band coming to Toronto, Friday 20 Feb

Swans emerged in 1982 in Brooklyn, when I was 14 and listened pirate “Radio Free Europe” because Romanian communists censored rock. The kinda rock they did.

Then, in 1997, the band (more of a one-leader project) was dissolved by Michael Gira.

Re-formed in 2010, they released 3 albums. Last year’s “To Be Kind” made it to #3 on my favorite magazine’s “2014 Releases of the Year” list.

And now they’re coming to Toronto!

Here is what The Wire Magazine’s Britt Brown had to say about the album:

Gira has learned he doesn’t always have to play Atlas, shouldering each song’s existential drama solely on his own incantations. He’s now backed by the most versatile and visceral ensemble in the history of the project, which has freed his vision, his voice, his whole conception of what Swans can do and could be.

The visceral part of his ensemble I am interested into. Here’s the proof:

 

 

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