Published Jul 23, 2015Earlier this year, long-running experimental rock troupe Swans shared a live video for "A Little God in My Hands" and revealed plans to hit the studio in September. Now, bandleader Michael Gira has announced that that record and a subsequent tour will be the last "for this version" of the band.
Before they hit the studio, though, Swans will be releasing a live album titled The Gate, which will serve as a fundraiser for the capital to make the studio album. In a Facebook post, Gira assures fans that the forthcoming record is sure to be "an insatiable beast."
Following the studio album, Gira wrote that he's "not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that's perhaps a good thing."
Stay tuned for further details on the upcoming pair of releases and the band's final tour. For now, you can read Gira's message in its entirety below.
Just got home comatose after finishing up the final leg of our 14 month tour for Swans To Be Kind album. We have come to your town, though it's doubtful we have partied down. It has been a privilege to be inside the sound that on some nights seems to create itself of its own accord, and it's gratifying that many of you have conveyed to us that it's been a positive experience for you too... Next step: Sept 1 we commence a new Swans album. This will be the final Swans album (and subsequent tour) for this version / iteration of Swans. Not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that's perhaps a good thing... We'll be making a live album/fundraiser (called The Gate) soon, in order to raise the necessary — somewhat daunting — capital for the studio album, which is bound to be an insatiable beast... more soon, Thanks and Love!
— Michael Gira