"Swans are playing Bonarroo on the Sunday evening They are NOT playing sasquatch" -via Sasha Barfbag, supersleuth
This set is gonna slay. Probably the most unlikely get I'll have seen set foot on the farm in the eleven Ive been to.
Pics are from Boomslang '11. My camera was a little loaded.
One of the trademarks of Swans' early period was playing at painfully loud volumes during concerts, to the point where some audience members would vomit or the police would stop the show. Gira was also notably confrontational with the audience, such as stepping on people's fingers resting on the stage, pull people's hair, and notably beating up anyone caught in the crowd headbanging, something Gira detested. This lent a reputation to the name Swans which was one of the contributing factors in Gira's retirement of the band in 1997. Since Swans' reformation, Gira has made a point of maintaining the intensity of their live show, stating that it is at once "soul-uplifting and body-destroying". He has also sometimes turned off the air conditioning before Swans performed and compared the experience to a Native American sweat lodge.
Kane compares Swans to blues icon Chester Burnett, a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf. While this comparison might initially seem unlikely, there are in fact some similarities worth noting—the music of early Swans was often based on a single riff, played repeatedly to hypnotic effect. Some of Burnett's songs—especially the songs penned by Burnett himself—have a similar structure and quality. Their early music was typified by slow and grinding guitar noise, and pounding drums, punctuated by Gira's morbid and violent lyrics (inspired by Jean Genet and the Marquis de Sade), usually barked or shouted. Critics have described Swans' early recordings as "aggressive beyond words".
April 12-14th - Indio, CA - Coachella Weekend 1
May 3-5th - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
June 13-16th - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
July 12-14th - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
August 2-4th - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
September 27-29th - Atlanta, GA - TomorrowWorld
October 25-27th - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
Post by garageland on Jan 26, 2013 20:46:39 GMT -5
Not to be that guy of "OMG SWANS LATENIGHT " if there was a latenight tent of Spiritualized (not confirmed, just a hunch) > Swans ... I'd poop, die, reincarnate and figure out how to go. Macca or no Macca.
02/08 Tool 02/11 Jeff Mangum 02/17 of Montreal 02/29 Blind Pilot 03/31 The Naked & The Famous 05/14 M83 and I Break Horses 05/19 Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Dawes and AWOLNATION 06/07 Bonnaroo 2012!!! 06/13 Roger Waters 07/28 Toadies
Post by cursedlono on Jan 27, 2013 10:38:11 GMT -5
I will show them "sweatlodge" every Bonnaroo since 2005 I know how to sweat and breathe dust by now. Hope they can keep up with me and this groupd sounds epic I will check them out never heard of them before!
1-1-12 Bassnectar NYE SHOW! 1-21-12 G. Love and Special Sauce 3-1-12 Radiohead 3-9-12 Experience Hendrix 5-15-12 Jack White @ The Ryman 6-7-12 Bonnaroo 6-19-12 Roger Waters presents "THE WALL" 7-7-12 Ringo Starr's 72nd Birthday Party Extravaganza at the Ryman
Post by charleswoodboy on Jan 29, 2013 11:32:07 GMT -5
OMG that is some crazy shizz.. One of my childhood "never gonna see them in a million years" comes to fruition. Up there with Tortoise in 06. This is gonna be a heavy heavy show. Children of God on the farm would be insanity. Gonna be people convulsing all over with the field with the heat/volume/rhythm/exhaustion mix..