Swans Confirm New Album Plans

Swans’ tireless tour schedule is set to wind down with some overseas dates this summer, a run that’ll include a brief break and then lead right into the initial September sessions for the band’s next album. Frontman Michael Gira confirmed the news via his personal Facebook page, where he also made sure to underline a passage in the Fyodor Dostoyevsky story “White Nights”:

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If you still haven’t heard Swans’ last Herculean effort (the blissful chaos of To Be Kind), now’s the time to sample a couple of its standout tracks via the live videos the band just posted. Here’s what Gira had to say about them:

Hello, thank you for listening to our music. I hope it gives you some joy and pleasure.

I am pleased that you have discovered our music through this medium. I view this experience as the equivalent of previewing a record in a record store in days of old. However, if you wish to experience the music in its’ fullest form, I would strongly encourage you to acquire it in a physical format you can bring into your home. Not only will you then be able to experience the richest version of the music sonically, but you will also be afforded the opportunity to enjoy the tangible artwork, which was conceived in tandem with the music, and serves as a further portal to experiencing the total conceptual and spiritual and emotional content of the work we have labored, lovingly, to bring to you.

I love you,

– Michael Gira / Swans / Young God Records

For an in-depth look at Swans’ entire history, check out our exclusive feature here and a rare interview with Gira’s longtime foil Jarboe

Swans tour dates:
5/2 Salon Iksv — Istanbul, Turkey
5/5 Voxhall — Århus C, Denmark
5/6 Folken — Stavanger, Norway
5/7 USF Verftet — Bergen, Norway
5/8 Vulkan Arena — Oslo, Norway
5/9 Blæst — Trondheim, Norway
5/11 Sticky Fingers — Gothenburg, Sweden
5/12 Babel — Malmo, Sweden
5/14 DOORNROOSJE — Nijmegen, Netherlands
5/15 FZW Dortmund — Dortmund, Germany
5/16 Les Ardents Club — Liege, Belgium
5/17 De Kreun — Kortrijk, Belgium
5/20 Marble Factory — Bristol, United Kingdom
5/21 Roundhouse — London, United Kingdom
5/22 Liverpool Sound City — Liverpool, United Kingdom
5/23 Art School — Glasgow, Uk
5/24 Mandela Hall — Belfast, United Kingdom
5/25 The Button Factory — Dublin, Ireland
5/27 Epic Studios — Norfolk, United Kingdom
5/28 Primavera Sound 2015 — Barcelona, Spain
5/29 This is Not a Love Song at La Paloma — Nîmes, France
7/3 Open’er Festival 2015 — Gdynia, Poland
7/4 ATP Iceland 2015 — Keflavik, Iceland
7/8 Le Trabendo — Paris, France
7/10 Sentrum — Kiev, Ukraine
7/17 Colours of Ostrava Festival — Ostrava, Czech Republic