Swans have announced their biggest UK headline show yet, at London’s legendary Roundhouse, on 21 May 2015. special guests will be announced shortly.
Swans infamous and mighty live performance has been described by the Guardian as "a magnificent achievement", by The Quietus as "a revelation" and by NME as “colossal” and in the surroundings of London’s historic Roundhouse, the event promises to show it at its most intense.
The band’s extensive live schedule sees them return to Europe in September, and a recently announced festival curated by Swans / Michael Gira will see three days of music (20-23 November) culminating in a Swans performance. The Mouth To Mouth festival, part of Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, features a stunning line up that includes labelmate Ben Frost alongside Wire, Silver Apples, Savages & Bo Ningen’s epic sonic poem ‘Words to the Blind’, Xiu Xiu plus many more, full details at: http://leguesswho.nl/
In addition, they round off an incredible year which has seen the release of their critically acclaimed album, 'To Be Kind', with a remastered edition of their debut studio album, ‘Filth’, out vinyl, CD and digitally on 27 October 2014.
Swans are Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica.
- #1 in The Quietus’ Albums of the Year So Far
- The Guardian – “More than 30 years after they started, Swans are still flying boldly against the prevailing winds of our age.”
- Drowned In Sound 10/10 - “We’re on a ladder to God, and Swans are leading the way”
- NME 9/10 - “An insane and challenging, ambitious and exceptional work of art.”
JAS SHAW (Simian Mobile Disco)
Playing in support, Jas Shaw, of Simian Mobile Disco will be presenting the premier of a set of all new, live analogue synth music. Jas, a longtime Swans fan, had met Michael Gira at a number of festivals over the years and was extremely excited when he got in touch to invite him to open their Roundhouse show. "The plan is to do something pretty different from a regular SMD show" said Jas "although the music is still being written, I expect it to be pretty much beatless, leaning in an ambient/drone direction. Although there are some interesting things you can do with detuned drum machines…"
+ Special Guest Jas Shaw
@ The Roundhouse, London
Thursday 21st May 2015
£25 adv + booking fee
14 + (under 16s accompanied)
7 - 11pm