Swans rained fire upon us not too long ago, but Michael Gira's apocalyptic project is already gearing up to follow last year's The Seer with two new full-length releases. On Sunday, Gira announced (via Facebook) that after Swans wrap some forthcoming tour dates, the New York-based doom'n'gloomers will issue their ninth live album and their 13th studio LP, which will be partially based on live recordings of new material.
The frontman wrote: "A few more of these short tours are upcoming, then a live album (hand made), then a new studio album using the live versions of these new songs you may have experienced as a starting point. so, the studio album will move forward from the live versions you’ve possibly witnessed (which have already changed nightly in the recent tour-s), and there will also be studio-only songs as well."
If both records arrive in 2013, that would make this the second year in a row in which Swans drop two collections. Last August, they unleashed The Seer (our No. 7 pick for the 50 Best Albums of 2012); We Rose From Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head, a two-hour, 16-track live LP, arrived last May.
Read Gira's full Facebook post below, followed by footage of "She Loves Us," a new 21-minute dirge that may appear on Swans' next effort (two-part video via Consequence of Sound). Find tour dates at the bottom. Also, be sure to check out Swans' full 100-minute performance at this year's Primavera Sound festival here.
thanks to all who came to our recent shows in europe. it means the world to us to be in the center of the storm with you... it is a life giving, regenerative event for us to make this music, and my hope is that a positive effect is shared by all. thank you for allowing us to make a fresh world in real time. your involvement means everything! ... a few more of these short tours are upcoming, then a live album (hand made), then a new studio album using the live versions of these new songs you may have experienced as a starting point. so, the studio album will move forward from the live versions you've possibly witnessed (which have already changed nightly in the recent tour-s), and there will also be studio-only songs as well. we feel blessed to be able to do the thing we love, and profoundly moved that some people on this earth find something of value in our work. thank you! - michael gira / swans
Swans 2013 tour dates:
June 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Fesival
June 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
June 16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 19 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
June 22 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
June 23 – Clisson, FR @ Hell Fest
July 18 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Olde National Centre *
July 19 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
July 22 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House #
July 23 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House #
July 24 – Columbus, OH @ The Bluestone # #
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom #
July 26 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall #
August 13 – Edinburgh, U.K. @ Liquid Rooms
August 14 – Belfast, Ireland @ The Limelight 2
August 15 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory
August 16 – Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue
August 18 – Wales, U.K. @ Green Man Festival
* = with Low
# = with Pharmakon