VIDEO: Swans, “No Words/No Thoughts (Live)”

Swans - 'No Words, No Thoughts' Video

The “official music video” for “No Words/No Thoughts” is actually just a live edit from the deluxe edition of The Seer (stream it in full alongside Michael Gira’s commentary here), a leading candidate for our Albums of the Year list and quite possibly the most cohesive artistic statement Swans have ever released. That’s just the studio version of the band, however; as you’re about to see, they’re a whole other beast entirely onstage, with songs that stretch on for miles and melodies that are sufficiently maimed. Check it, alongside three months of upcoming tour dates…

Swans tour dates:
9/6 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue *
9/7 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room *
9/8 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
9/10 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Grand Ballroom *
9/11 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater *
9/12 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
9/14 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa *
9/15 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
9/16 Dallas, TX – Trees *
9/18 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM Performance Lab *
9/19 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club *
9/20 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre *
9/21 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe *
9/22 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall *
9/24 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater *
10/10 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom ^
10/11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club ^
10/12 Washington, DC – Black Cat Mainstage ^
10/13 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ^
10/14 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre ^
10/16 Orlando, FL – The Social ^
10/17 West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street ^
10/18 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder ^
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West ^
10/23 St Louis, MO – Firebird ^
10/24 Chicago, IL – Metro ^
10/25 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace ^
10/26 Montreal, Quebec – La Tulipe ^
10/28 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom $
10/29 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg $
11/1 Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airways Festival
11/15 London, England – Koko #
11/16 Glasgow, Scotland – The Arches #
11/17 Manchester, England – Sound Control #
11/19 Paris, France – Le Trabendo #
11/20 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje #
11/21 Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat #
11/22 Hamburg, Germany – Kampnagel #
11/23 Copenhagen, Denmark – Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal #
11/24 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret #
11/25 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser #
11/27 Prague, Czech Republic – Lucenra Music Bar #
11/28 Vienna, Austria – Arena Big Hall #
11/30 Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv #
12/1 Gumares, Portugal – Sao Mamede Cultural Capitol Village Event #
12/2 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun-Sunns Curator Festival #
12/3 Bern, Switzerland – Reitschule Gross Halle #
12/4 Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks #
12/6 Barcelona, Spain – Sala Apolo (Primavera Xmas Event) #
12/7 Madrid, Spain – Matadero Theatre (Primavera Xmas Event) #
12/9 Sevila, Spain – Teatro Central #

* with Xiu Xiu
^ with A Hawk and a Hacksaw
# with Sir Richard Bishop
$ with Devendra Banhart