“So now we’re off on a new journey, by reigniting swans I’ve unlocked the trunk where I’d trapped my demon brother. Now that he’s out again I am wrestling with him and am determined this time to not only kill him, but all his friends and family as well. I’ve enlisted my comrades Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris and Chris Pravdica as the primary soldiers in this quest.”
– Swans’ Michael Gira, talking to The Quietus
Holy shit. Michael Gira has a way with words. I’m not a huge Swans obsessive but any astute fan of the noisome, offensive and repugnant side of music should be well versed in the legacy of Gira’s always shifting militia. No doubt that passage resonated with the initiated; I need to hear My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky. In a recent interview with hip-as-hell (at least they have some taste) webzine, The Quietus, Gira talks through the long-awaited new album track by track. Take a look, if you weren’t already excited this article will have you bouncing off the walls. To add to the hysteria, the opener, ‘No Words/No Thoughts’ is streaming on the Swans myspace and the penultimate track, ‘Eden Prison’ is embedded below. Have fun.