Next month, Swans will be embarking on their first North American tour dates since 2017 (having cancelled a 2020 tour due to lockdown). They sold out all the dates on a European tour this Spring.
The band recently released their sixteenth studio album, “The Beggar”, on Mute / Young God Records (North America) on double vinyl in a brown chipboard sleeve (with a download card for accessing an additional 44 minutes of music, also included on the album’s CD version), as a double CD in a brown chipboard digi-pack, and digitally.
Michael Gira gave some extra details: “After numerous pandemic-induced cancellations of tours for the previous Swans album leaving meaning, and an apparent bottomless pit of waiting, waiting, waiting, and the strange disorientation that came with this sudden but interminable forced isolation I decided it was time to write songs for a new Swans album and forget about everything else. They came relatively easily, always informed by the suspicion that these could be my last. When I finally was able to travel, songs in hand, to Berlin to work with my friends recording this record, the feeling was akin to the moment in The Wizard of Oz when the film changes from Black and White to Color. Now I’m feeling quite optimistic. My favourite color is pink. I hope you enjoy the album.”
“The Beggar” was recorded and mixed at Candy Bomber Studio, Berlin, engineered by Ingo Krauss and mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose, Berlin. The album was written and produced by Michael Gira and features contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels of Light, as well as Guest Swan Ben Frost.
You can check out the album below.
Swans North American live dates
- 2 Sep – Dallas TX, Granada Theater
- 3 Sep – Austin TX, Paramount Theatre
- 7 Sep – Phoenix AZ, Crescent Ballroom
- 8 Sep – Los Angeles CA, Lodge Room – SOLD OUT
- 9 Sep – Los Angeles CA, Lodge Room – SOLD OUT
- 12 Sep – San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall
- 13 Sep – San Francisco CA, Great American Music Hall
- 15 Sep – Portland OR, Revolution Hall
- 16 Sep – Seattle WA, The Crocodile Showroom
- 19 Sep – Omaha NE, Waiting Room Showroom
- 20 Sep – Minneapolis MN, Fine Line Music Cafe
- 21 Sep – Chicago IL, Cabaret Metro
- 23 Sep – Detroit MI, Magic Bag
- 24 Sep – Cleveland OH, Beachland Ballroom
- 26 Sep – Toronto ON, Phoenix Concert Theater
- 27 Sep – Montreal QC, Theatre National
- 29 Sep – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg – SOLD OUT
- 30 Sep – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg – SOLD OUT
- 1 Oct – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg – NEW DATE
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