Tonight Michael Gira brings the loudest show on Earth back to Terminal West. This time in support of their 2014 album "To Be Kind" which graced many end of the year best of lists including mine a review of it can be found here.... http://abysmalhymns.blogspot.com/2014/05/swans-to-be-kind.html.
You might want to familiarize yourself with it as Swans are anti-greatest hits and will be either playing songs from their 2014 release which were born from the stage much like some of the sonic excursions you can expect to be taken on this evening. A Swans show is felt as much as it is heard.
Way ahead of their time when the band crawled out from the under belly of the New York punk/ noise scene they are one of the fore fathers of both industrial as well as what is being called post- rock. If not for Swans bands like ... Neurosis, Tool, Godflesh, Tombs, Godspeedyoublackemperor!, and Ministry would not exist and that is pretty much just the tip of the iceberg on their profound influence on heavy music today. Swans are not heavy as in metal but sonically dense. They employ a similar pound to what black metal bands have since adopted , but with a more orchestrated blend to their chaos and some times finding their way back to the melodies of Gira's rich baritone that one more recent outing as become more of a maddened rant.
If you are a fan of intense music, you are fooling yourself if you think you know what intense or loud if you have not attended a Swans show. If you are a metal head who is proud for having withstood the volume of bands like Motorhead and Slayer, you are a pussy unless you can make it through a Swans show. They go up 12 while you are stuck at 11.
Little Annie Featuring Paul Walfisch On Keyboards
Sat, March 28, 2015
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$20.00 - $25.00