ribalistic outsider music for music insiders, Michael Gira’s journeys of noise and volume have long propelled Swans along a sonic path of snarling industrial rock.
Eschewing for now the labour of lineup reshuffles which typifies Gira’s approach to band mechanics, a series of solo shows touches down in Europe from the end of March. What to expect? No idea. A worthwhile ticket, nonetheless.
Michael Gira of Swans has announced a London performance at the Barbican on 30 March 2016. The solo London date, his first since 2013’s performance at the Church of St John at Hackney, is part of a European tour through March and April – full details below.
The Barbican show, with Thurston Moore and Laura Cannell opening, is presented as part of Art Assembly’s ‘Saisonscape” series. For more information go to:
MICHAEL GIRA SOLO TOUR DATES
5 March – Brisbane, AU Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
8 March – Melbourne, AU Melbourne Recital Centre
9 March – Sydney, AU Carriageworks
30 March – London, UK Barbican Centre
1 April – Moscow, RU ZIL Culture Center
2 April – Saint Petersburg, RU The Place SPB Venue
4 April – Warsaw, PL Pardon, To Tu
5 April – Warsaw, PL Pardon, To Tu
7 April – Berlin, D Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
8 April – Copenhagen, DK Jazzhouse
9 April – Oslo, N John Dee Club inside Rockafeller
10 April – Bergen, NO Bergen Kunsthall – Landmark Bar
11 April – Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Upstairs
13 April – Brussels, BE AB Small Club
15 April – Paris, FR Le Point Ephémère
London tickets are on sale now
“Creator of some of the most intense, darkly poetic music ever to emerge from the States, he inspires a devotional following from the musicians and fans he has influenced over the decades.” – Clash solo live review
Michael Gira recently announced that Swans are working on their last album in this “current incarnation”. The basic tracks and vocals were recorded at Sonic Ranch studio in Texas with John Congleton as engineer, and with Michael Gira producing. Further recording and mixing took place in Seattle and Berlin and the new album is expected to be released on Mute / Young God Records in the summer of 2016.