Swans 2014 Tour
Swans is back, bringing back their amorphous sound to a concert hall near you. Don't miss Swans
as they bring back their extensive catalog of 90s experimental music to a venue near you, including: Washington, DC; Boston,
MA; Buffalo and New York City, NY; Detroit, MI; Dallas and Houston, TX; New Haven, CT; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; and San
Francisco, CA. Don't see Swans coming to a location near you? Keep up to date on all the latest Swans tour dates and performance
right here on StubHub.
With a severely limited tour schedule, Swans will be playing the most important and hippest venues
across North America, as is fitting of a band that has had such colossal influence all across the musical spectrum. Whether
they're playing the biggest music amphitheaters (Brooklyn's Williamsburg Hall, Portland's Roseland Theater) or the most iconic
and cozy music halls (DC's Black Cat, New Haven's Toads Place), Swans is guaranteed to deliver one of the most exciting and
innovative shows of the year. Don't miss your opportunity to see these foundational artists live - get your tickets today!
The brainchild of long standing member Michael Gira, Swans would form out of the discordant clashes
of new wave, grunge, punk, industrial, and goth rock that dominated the era. Taking on a sound that was all their own, the
band would later credit some of their initial sounds to iconic acts Sonic Youth as well as Joy Division. Swans would even
draw heavily from some of the earliest R&B influences from the previous decade, drawing from the unpredictability of jazz
and the moving rhythms of blues.
By the early 1980s the band was recording and releasing full length albums, and their
sound would morph and change considerably with every new release. Swans never failed to deliver provocative and thoughtful
music that was constantly pushing the envelop of multiple genres. The band's sound would also morph as different members rotated
in and out, with particular credit given to the additions of Norman Westberg and Jane Jarboe. Westberg and Jarboe would take
the band's sound to new places, incorporating the use of acoustic melody, harmonica, and piano.
The band would go through
a period of notable softness at the turn of the 90s, and the band would migrate away from a noise rock band and explore more
harmonious elements of their sound throughout the decade. By 1996, the band had decided it had reached the peak of innovation,
and decided that as a band it would need to take a break. The band would break up, with the members exploring their own various
Fortune would strike for die hard Swans fans as the band announced its reformation in 2010, and the band
would record new material and also hit the tour circuit hard, bringing with them their extensive array of previous hits alongside
their fresh material. Swans would be in high demand as the band toured extensively for over a year and a half before taking
a break to record more material. Swans was back, in great form, and in even greater demand.
band's full length Greed in 1986 would be one of the defining albums for Swans, hot on the addition of Jarboe on keyboard
who would heavily influence the bands sound. The album would be a hit, with fan favorite tracks "Fool" and "Stupid Child"
appearing on the album. The follow up album Holy Money, released the same year, would contain one of their biggest hits to
date with the track "A Screw", alternatively titled "Holy Money".
Swans would release The Burning World in 1989 on MCA
Records, this time featuring a distinctive pop sound that had not previously flavored the Swans' sound. With tracks like "Can't
Find My Way Home" and "Saved", the album would become a personal success for the band, despite not doing well commercially.
band's final full length before its multiple decade hiatus would be Soundtracks for the Blind, in 1996. This was their most
ambitious project yet, blending an uncountable number of influences and genres and ending their career on a high note. Since
their reformation, Swans has released three full lengths, all of which have been huge successes. Amongst favorite tracks since
their resurgence are "No Words No Thoughts" as well as "A Little God In My Hands", perfect representations of not just where
Swans have been but where their music is heading in the future.
The Swans Concert Experience
for a musical performance that is so great in scope and variation that it is simply impossible to accurately describe. From
their multitude of influences over a discography that spans three decades and more than a dozen albums, a Swans concert experience
is as unique as it is powerful. Don't miss your opportunity to see one of the most pioneering and innovative acts that has
ever existed in recorded music. Buy your tickets today!