Watch Swans Tear Into 'The Apostate' Live in 12-Minute Video

Swans The Apostate Live Video
Swans performing "The Apostate"
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

The No Wave destroyers in Swans are a terrifyingly good sight to behold live. While there's no substitute for seeing Words of Wisdom-giver Michael Gira wail in person, a 12-minute concert clip of "The Apostate" goes a long way to communicate the band's brutal majesty. On Swans' new SPIN Essential The Seer, the same song is 23 minutes long, but, hey, what do you expect for "a planet-eating Galactus of an album"? The deluxe edition includes a DVD chockablock full of live footage, and that's where "The Apostate" comes from. Watch now, and catch Swans on tour later.

Swans tour dates:

Aug. 3 - Berlin, Germany @ Berghain
Aug. 5 - Katowice, Poland @ Off! Festival
Aug. 9 - Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo Festival
Aug. 11 - Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival
Sept. 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
Sept. 7 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room*
Sept. 8 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater- MFNW Festival*
Sept. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Grand Ballroom*
Sept. 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box*
Sept. 12 - Phoenix, AZ @Crescent Ballroom*
Sept. 14 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa*
Sept. 15 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs*
Sept. 16 - Dallas, TX @ Trees*
Sept. 18 - Oklahoma City, OK @ACM Performance LAB*  
Sept. 19 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club*
Sept. 20 - Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre*
Sept. 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline Music Café*
Sept. 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall*
Sept. 24 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater*

* = w/ Xiu Xiu

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