|Swans at CBGB 1983, photo: Catherine Ceresole|
This album is also available as a special edition that includes a Swans Live DVD (view a trailer below).
RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2012
2.) Mother of the World
3.) The Wolf
4.) The Seer
5.) The Seer Returns
6.) 93 Ave. B Blues
7.) The Daughter Brings the Water 8.) Song for a Warrior
10.) A Piece of the Sky
11.) The Apostate
Total Running Time: approx. 2 hrs.
Recorded at Studio P4 and Andere Baustelle in Berlin, by Kevin McMahon and at Marcata Studio, Gardiner, NY, by Kevin McMahon. Additional recording at Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY, engineer: Bryce Goggin. Mixed by Kevin McMahon at Marcata. Produced by Michael Gira.
SWANS: Michael Gira - voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, casio, sounds; Norman Westberg – electric guitar, voice; Christoph Hahn – lap steel guitars; electric guitar, voice; Phil Puleo – drums, percussion, hammer dulcimer, voice; Thor Harris – drums, percussion, orchestral bells, hammer dulcimer, handmade violin thing, vibraphone, piano, clarinet, voice; Christopher Pravdica – bass guitar, voice, incredible handshake. Honorary Swan: Bill Rieflin – piano, organ, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, casio, synthesizer, bass guitar, voice, bird idea….
SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE : Al and Mimi of Low - (co-vocals with MG on Lunacy); Karen O – (lead vocal on Song for a Warrior); Jarboe – (background vocals on Piece of the Sky and The Seer Returns); Akron/Family – (background vocals on Piece of the Sky)
NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA: “The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade. The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while. Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!"
SWANS North American Tour Dates
9/6/2012 Vancouver BC Venue
9/7/2012 Seattle WA Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
9/8/2012 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
9/9/2012 9/10/2012 San Francisco CA The Regency Grand Ballroom
9/11/2012 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
9/12/2012 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom
9/14/2012 Austin TX La Zona Rosa
9/15/2012 Houston TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
9/16/2012 Dallas TX Trees 9/18/2012 Oklahoma City OK ACM Performance Lab
9/19/2012 Kansas City MO Beaumont Club 9/20/2012 Lincoln NE Bourbon Theatre
9/21/2012 Minneapolis MN Fineline Music Cafe
9/22/2012 Milwaukee WI Shank Hall
9/24/2012 Denver CO Gothic Theater
Xiu Xiu is support on all shows.