Swans To Play Roseland September 6th

By Hollister Dixon

To me, there’s always been something incredibly perfect about the name Swans. The bird is one known for being incredibly elegant, but is also known (though to a lesser degree) for being aggressive to an almost laughable degree, especially when threatened. I’m not quite sure if Michael Gira had this in mind when he formed and named his band Swans, but it’s so fitting because they are a band that manages to do build a brutal, aggressive, in-your-face exterior, and while it may appear to be an inelegant mess, every single note is exactly where it should be, thanks to the talents of Michael Gira, the frontman and sole consistent member.

Swans broke up in 1997, only to roar back to life in 2010 with My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, followed by the monolithic The Seer (2012) and this year’s equally massive To Be Kind. Since then, they’ve done their best to prove themselves (again) as one of the most unwavering, intense live acts around – intense enough to make people in the crowd physically sick at times. The band last played here in Portland in 2012 (at the Hawthorne Theater, as part of MusicFest Northwest), and put on a performance incredible enough to make seeing Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh seem like the wrong decision entirely.

Lucky for us, Swans are a beast that don’t seem capable of slowing down. Since reforming, they’ve started an interesting cycle: go on tour (while also working on new material), release a live album documenting that tour, use that money to fund a new album, repeat. And now, on September 6th, the band will be returning to Portland to blow the roof off of the Roseland Theater. The band’s most recent album, To Be Kind, is as close to perfection as one band can get, which says a lot, considering the same was said for the blistering tower that The Seer was. Can the band top these albums? Can they continue to make flawlessly executed songs? Will Michael Gira ever stop being the world’s most intense showman? See the band live and find out! Click right here to buy tickets to this show, or – if you’re outside of Portland – check out the dates below.

Swans Fall/Winter Tour Dates:

9/1 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge +
9/2 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre +
9/4 Seattle, WA @ Showbox +
9/5 Vancouver, BA @ The Venue +
9/6 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater +
9/8 San Francisco, CA @ Independent +
9/9 San Francisco, CA @ Independent +
9/10 Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre +
9/11 Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre +
9/13 Hudson, NY @ Basilica Soundscape
9/25 Brussels, BE @ AB Club
9/26 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Music Hall
9/28 Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
9/30 La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
10/1 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
10/2 Madrid, ES @ Shoko
10/3 Durango, ES @ Plateruena
10/4 Porto, PT @ AmpliFest
10/7 Fribourg, CH @ FRI-Son
10/8 St Gallen, CH @ Grabenhalle
10/9 Torino, IT @ Hiroshima Club
10/10 Bologna, IT @ Estragon Club
10/11 Roma, IT @ Circolo Degli Artisti
10/12 Milan, IT @ Alcatraz Milano
10/14 Zagreb, HR @ Pogon Jedinstvo
10/15 Budapest, HU @ A38 Ship
10/16 Ljubljana, SI @ Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
10/17 Vienna, AT @ Arena Big Hall
10/18 Krakow, PL @ Unsound Festival
10/20 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
10/21 Berlin, DE @ Berghain
10/23 Leipzig, DE @ Schauspiel
10/24 Köln, DE@ Gebäude 9
10/25 Hannover, DE @ Musikzentrum
10/27 HH, DE @ Kampnagel
10/29 Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
10/30 Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthaus
10/31 Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez
11/1 München, DE @ Feierwerk
11/22 Utrecht, NL @ Mouth to Mouth / Le Guess Who Fest.
11/23 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Main Hall
11/24 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
11/25 Stockholm, SE @ Slakthuset
11/26 Helsinki, FL @ Tavastia
11/28 St. Petersburg, RU @ Kosmonavt
11/29 Moscow, RU @ VOLTA

+ = w/ Carla Bozulich

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