Swans Release Live Album To Fund New Record

By on 15 October 2013

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The almighty Swans released a new live album yesterday, entitled ‘Not Here / Not Now’. And if that’s not enough to get your pulse racing, the band will be using proceeds from this record to fund their forthcoming new studio album.

This news may come as a shock to those still reeling from 2012’s gargantuan masterpiece ‘The Seer’, but Swans’ inhuman work ethic has been going strong ever since Michael Gira resurrected the band in 2010.

‘Not Here / Not Now’ is a double disc release, featuring recordings of the band in action during their tour in support of ‘The Seer’. As anyone who caught them on that tour will know, the songs from that record have taken on a whole new life of their own since the album’s release, and Swans’ masterful re-imaginings of these pieces provide ample evidence for the claim that they’re currently one of the finest live acts doing the rounds today. Additionally, ‘Not Here / Not Now’ will also feature new, previously unrecorded songs, and, according to a press release, “crude acoustic demos of songs for the new Swans studio album, in progress”.

The record is available as part of several different package deals, ranging from a woodblock print and the double disc album itself for $40, to more expensive packages that include DVDs, posters, and even an “executive producer” credit on the new studio album.

For those willing to part with $500, Gira himself has offered to record a unique song for each customer. As the Swans website states:

“m.gira will record and send to customer a video of a simple, short, original song, acoustic guitar and voice, with customers’ name in the song, praising the customer, his or her ancestors, thoughts, dreams, and future or past lives, forever . This video will be made by m.gira, sitting at his desk, at home, singing directly to you, and you only.”

To purchase ‘Not Here / Not Now’, or view the full list of purchase options, click here.

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