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Swans: Dead Heat

Interview by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, March 1986

"The ultimate manifestation of power and authority is torture and rape" – the SWANS take it from there, to the ear of BIBA KOPF ...

Swans: Greed

Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, March 1986

WHAT IS the sound of a Swan in love? ...

Swans: Greed (K.422 KCC2)*****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, March 1986


Swans: Holy Money

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, September 1986

HAS THE vocabulary been conceived, reduced or minimal enough to transmit the gravity or even sonority of those emotions laid bare on this, this, this ...

Swans: Holy Money (PVC)

Review by Byron Coley, Spin, January 1987

RECORDS BY the Swans have so little to do with pleasure, fun, and the, uh, joy of living that it's no off-a-log-fall explainin' why they ...

Swans: Blubber, Blood & Bucks

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, January 1987

No other group creates such extreme reactions as SWANS. For some, they are a bunch of American charlatans making the worst noise in the world; ...

Swans: Children of God (Caroline)

Review by Howard Wuelfing, Spin, November 1987

CHILDREN OF God is a great Swans album and, possibly, an outstanding record by any standards. And it's the dreaded double set to boot! At times, ...

Swans Song

Retrospective and Interview by Howard Wuelfing, Addicted To Noise, January 1997

Michael Gira, leader of the influential but little-known band Swans, isn't just floating along with the current. He's controlling it. ...

Black Saint: Michael Gira Goes Solo

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1999

FIRST IMPRESSIONS do last, so I'll always remember Michael Gira as the "revenant black saint" he goes on to describe himself as in the lyrics ...

My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, October 2010

SWANS WILL ALWAYS be a draw for life's spiritual derelicts, a certain constituency in peaceful agreement that the world is cruel, human nature is animal, ...

see also Michael Gira

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