New Swans album details
2014-01-27 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 68 Comments

Swans upcoming record, To Be Kind is scheduled to be released on May 13 through Michael Gira's imprint Young God and Mute Records. The effort will include special guests such as St. Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin. Some of the songs were conceived and played during their 2012/2013 tours and finished later in the studio.

To Be Kind will be released as a triple vinyl, double CD and a deluxe double CD edition, which will feature a live DVD. Gira is also thinking of a USB stick/flashdrive with special packaging for the record to be listened to as a whole without interruption, as it clocks at over 2 hours.

More information available here - http://pitchfork.com/news/53635-swans-announce-new-album-to-be-kind-featuring-st-vincent-michael-gira-announces-solo-tour/

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dimsim3478
January 27th 2014

4010 Comments


oh baby

special guests such as St. Vincent

OH BABY

clocks at over 2 hours

OH B--*heart attack*

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thelastsignal
January 27th 2014

608 Comments


Very excited to see how this is going to sound.

sinisterplague
January 27th 2014

148 Comments


Yasss

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sapient
January 27th 2014

1435 Comments


Been in a post punk mood lately, maybe now would be a good time to check more from these guys

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ShitsofRain
January 27th 2014

4718 Comments


niice

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JS19
January 27th 2014

3651 Comments


St Vincent? geez ok

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Gwyn.
January 27th 2014

14047 Comments


sweet

Lombardo
January 27th 2014

6 Comments


Will be grim, for sure.

treeqt.
January 27th 2014

7863 Comments


gonna be ass you can quote me then

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ShitsofRain
January 27th 2014

4718 Comments


okay bookmarked

JS19
January 27th 2014

3651 Comments


Waiting for one of those tv adverts:

Q - 'One of the greatest achievements in modern music'
Pitchfork Media - 'Truly Astonishing'
AllMusic - 'A life-changing album'

treeqt. - 'ass'

Itwasthatwas
January 27th 2014

729 Comments


YES MORE SWANS

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
January 27th 2014

7857 Comments


ugh

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tacos N stuff
January 27th 2014

313 Comments


...and all the post punk hipsters rejoiced

akimbo
January 27th 2014

539 Comments


awesome 2 more hours of this shit

Riviere
January 27th 2014

513 Comments


Swans have transcended post punk 1000 times over.

TheSupernatural
January 27th 2014

857 Comments


Is this also going to be a chore to listen to?

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zxlkho
January 27th 2014

3425 Comments


special guests such as St. Vincent

HOLY. SHIT.

snowbbird
January 27th 2014

213 Comments


OH YEAH BABY

ILJ
January 27th 2014

6550 Comments


aoty

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Frippertronics
January 27th 2014

4433 Comments


FUCK YES

TRIPLE VINYL AGAIN

Daily reminder that Young God will be reissuing Swans' discog on vinyl after this.

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snowbbird
January 27th 2014

213 Comments


"Daily reminder that Young God will be reissuing Swans' discog on vinyl after this."

Damn, I'm going to be so broke

Uranium
January 27th 2014

6646 Comments


Another pummeling experience! Woo!

DrHouseSchuldiner
January 27th 2014

5605 Comments


omg

ShitsofRain
January 27th 2014

4718 Comments


woo!

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014

1547 Comments


Going to be a sweet birthday present

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treeqt.
January 27th 2014

7863 Comments


Waiting for one of those tv adverts:

Q - 'One of the greatest achievements in modern music'
Pitchfork Media - 'Truly Astonishing'
AllMusic - 'A life-changing album'

treeqt. - 'ass'


i like that

Solbrave
January 27th 2014

124 Comments


my body is ready

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icatchthirtythree
January 27th 2014

259 Comments


holy god yes

ShitsofRain
January 27th 2014

4718 Comments


aoty

TheBarber
January 27th 2014

790 Comments


Heard raw versions of those news songs live, fantastic gig

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EyesWideShut
January 27th 2014

3028 Comments


gira is god

gryndstone
January 27th 2014

194 Comments


sounds like a good time already

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RogueNine
January 27th 2014

971 Comments


You'd think they wrote enough material on their last album.

Crawl
January 27th 2014

1409 Comments


I was hoping it won't be that long. The length was my only problem with Seer.

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Static
January 27th 2014

1409 Comments


lol JS19


Static
January 27th 2014

1409 Comments


I was hoping it won't be that long. The length was my only problem with Seer. [2]



seriously doe way too fukn long

FourthReich
January 27th 2014

15303 Comments


^^^

Frippertronics
January 27th 2014

4433 Comments


TRIPLE

FUCKING

VINYL


JESUS, SOUNDTRACKS WILL PROBABLY BE QUADS

Crawl
January 27th 2014

1409 Comments


soundtracks > seer

clander270
January 27th 2014

58 Comments


I feel like I'm having a stroke when people lump Swans in with other post-punk bands. But seriously, very excited about this album

cinaedus
January 27th 2014

26204 Comments


gira needs to understand the importance of brevity. stoked though

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2014

5923 Comments


how do these guys make another 2 hour album in only two years

i'm still not done with the seer jeez

InFiction
January 27th 2014

3591 Comments


I'm excited, but jesus - another 2 hour record? Don't want Gira to overextend himself.

Riviere
January 27th 2014

513 Comments


Considering how many hours there are in 2 years, it ain't that hard.

CJandM
January 27th 2014

7 Comments


Another 2 hours of being scared shitless.

Frippertronics
January 27th 2014

4433 Comments


DRONES OV TRVTH: PART DEUX: THE ALBUM

LilLioness
January 27th 2014

2428 Comments


Fucking christ. Over 2 hours? I prob going to have a really difficult time with this one.

DatPinecone
January 27th 2014

98 Comments


I actually loved The Seer, but yeah... pulling off a 2-hour album twice in a row isn't easy. Still looking forward to this, though.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2014

8590 Comments


the seer was overlong as hell, i was really hoping they'd go back to the more concise and condensed style of my father

probably won't listen to this

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SpritzSpritz
January 27th 2014

480 Comments


more scary music! yes!

MosesMalone
January 29th 2014

1825 Comments


How did I miss this? And you shouldn't doubt Swans, this will be absolute gold for sure.

LordPots
January 29th 2014

4356 Comments


hopefully a lot less LUNACY LUNACY LUNACY and a lot more


.... Good Swans songs?

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Frippertronics
January 29th 2014

4433 Comments


guess so

LordPots
January 29th 2014

4356 Comments


I know, I know, everyone loves the Seer :/

Frippertronics
January 29th 2014

4433 Comments


yeah, Children of God destroys it though

hyped for To Be Kind, dis gunna be gud

LordPots
January 29th 2014

4356 Comments


Most of their older stuff does IMO

Frippertronics
January 29th 2014

4433 Comments


only ones don't don't are probably Greed and Cop.

Polyethylene
January 29th 2014

2957 Comments


Sure this'll be another long, challenging mountain of an album but isn't that a good thing? Music should be something you wrestle with and take a while to digest, not 40 mins of instant gratification that you guys can stream once and then rate

LordPots
January 29th 2014

4356 Comments


gonna stream once and rate it whilst pretending its instantly gratifying

Nikkolae
January 29th 2014

4399 Comments


i just dont fucking get this band

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Frippertronics
January 29th 2014

4433 Comments


okay

LordPots
January 29th 2014

4356 Comments


Music should be something you wrestle with and take a while to digest, not 40 mins of instant gratification that you guys can stream once and then rate


on a serious note, no, SOME music should be something you wrestle with and take a while to digest... like Swans for instance... so you are right there... but thats just a niche. Instantly gratifying music is its own. And just because Swans are inherently not instantly gratifying doesn't mean that all of their albums will result in gratification after INTENSE DEBILITATING STUDY

excuse my hyperbole, but I was just gettin' on yo level

Polyethylene
January 29th 2014

2957 Comments


Okay good point, that was a sweeping statement that dismisses pop music altogether. What I meant to say was that for most people I've ever spoken to, music that takes ages to sink in ends up meaning more than instantly appealing stuff. Swans are such a band, and always have been. Pretty much all of their material is a chore in some way, particularly in their early days and very recently. People complaining about the length or other inaccessible facets of Swans' albums are listening to the wrong band

DeSadeDisciple
February 11th 2014

20 Comments


swans oh man mikey g is a genius

hikingmetalpunk
February 11th 2014

693 Comments


gira m/

icatchthirtythree
February 15th 2014

259 Comments


shortest song is 8 mins, longest is 35. oooooohhh ya


zaruyache
February 26th 2014

4847 Comments


Cannot wait.

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