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Swans (/sw…'nz/) is an American experimental rock band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade. Formed by Gira in 1982, Swans employed a shifting lineup of musicians until their dissolution in 1997. Besides Gira, the only other constant members were keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Jarboe from 1984 to 1997, and semi-constant guitarist Norman Westberg. The band became known for its experimental instrumentation and repetitive song structures. In 2010, Gira reformed Swans without Jarboe.


Reviews

Swans To Be Kind

Swans

To Be Kind (2014)

Mute

Swans Filth

Swans

Filth (1983)

Young God

Current Releases

SwansFilth [3CD Reissue]

Swans

Filth [3CD Reissue]

May 26, 2015

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