Nov 062010
 
Swans just completed a triumphal UK/Irish tour on the heels of their North American tour – lots of sold out shows on both legs. This is their first touring in 13 years, celebrating the release of their first new studio recording in 13 years – "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To the Sky.

They're now announcing more dates in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and downunder. Press acclaim continues to hit hot and heavy.

SWANS tour dates:
Nov 23, Gronignen, NL at VERA
Nov 24, Utrecht, NL, Le Guess Who Fest
Nov 25, Brussels at AB AB Club
Nov 26, Lille, F Le Grande Mix
Nov 28, Paris, F at BBMIX festival
Nov 29, off
Nov 30, Toulouse, F Le Phare
Dec 01, Lyon, F, Epicerie Modern
Dec 02, Geneva, Switzerland L’Usine
Dec 03, Turin, I, Musica90 c/o Sala Espace
Dec 04, Bologna, I, Locomotive Club
Dec 05, Roma, I, Cirglio delgi Artisti
Dec 06, off
Dec 07, Vienna, Austria, at Arena
Dec 08, Prague, Czech Akropolis
Dec 09, Wroclaw, Poland, Firlej
Dec 10, Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Dec 11, OFF
Dec 12, Hamburg, Germany  Kampnagel
Dec 13, Berlin, Germany, Volksbuehne

Wooden Wand  opening all North American dates
2/18/2011, Austin, TX, Mohawk Austin
2/19/2011, Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall
2/22/2011, Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall
2/25/2011, Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre
2/26/2011, Seattle, WA, Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
2/27/2011, Portland,, OR, Roseland Theater
3/1/2011, San Francisco, CA, The Regency Grand Ballroom
3/2/2011, Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theater

Pumice opening Auckland, NZ date
3/6/2011, Auckland, New Zealand, Powerstation

Necks opening all Australian dates
3/10/2011, Melbourne, Australia, Forum Theatre
3/11/2011, Brisbane, Australia, The Hi-Fi
3/12/2011, Sydney, Australia, Metro Theatre

4/12/2011, Tel Aviv, Israel, Barby
4/14/2011, Athens, Greece, Gagarin 205
4/16/2011, Tilburg, Netherlands, Roadburn Festival at 013 Popcentrum –
Main Stage

James Blackshaw opening all May dates
5/2/2011, Copenhagen Demark, Vega
5/3/2011, Aarhuis, Denmark, VoxHall
5/4/2011, Malmö, Sweden, Babel
5/6/2011, Oslo, Norway, Rockefeller
5/7/2011, Drammen, Norway, Union Scene
5/8/2011, Stockholm, Sweden, Strand
5/10/2011, Tampere, Finland, Klubi
5/11/2011, Helsinki, Finland, Tavastia
5/12/2011, Tallinn, Estonia, Von Krahl Theatre Bar
5/13/2011, Riga, Latvia, Grivas Mebeles
5/14/2011, St. Petersburg, Russia, SKIF Festival – Sergey Kuryokhin Modern
Art Center
5/15/2011, Moscow, Russia, Avant Club
5/21/2011, Budapest, Hungary, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
5/23/2011, Zagreb, Croatia, Teatar Itd
5/24/2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture

After a 13-year break, seminal industrial outfit Swans are revving back up. Following a successful tour of the northeastern United States, the band is playing a 10-date stint in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The treks are in support of the group's critically acclaimed new album, "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky," on frontman Michael Gira's Young God Records. A month after its Sept. 21 release, the project has thus far reached No. 23 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Reaction to the post-punk band's performances has been positive. Seven of Swans' 10 dates on their recent U.S. and Canada tour of small to midsize venues were sold out, including stops in New York, Chicago, Boston, Toronto and Montreal. "It's been going really well, let's just put it that way," Gira says by phone from the Concorde 2 club in Brighton, England. The venue is one of the stops on Swans' England run, during which the band headlined the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham and sold out London's 1,500-seat Koko Theatre. Swans will continue touring overseas in two- to six-week stints during the next 18 months, with dates in Japan, Australia, Russia and Greece. The group will return to the States in February. Gira decided to reactivate Swans when he began feeling creatively stunted in his other band, Angels of Light. "I had been thinking about making louder, all-encompassing, all-consuming uplifting sounds again," he says. "So I thought I'd restart Swans." To get a sense of what the response would be—and to help drum up financial support for the project—Gira sold 1,000 hand-printed and -colored limited-edition copies of acoustic demos on his website, YoungGodRecords.com. He hoped to sell the entire lot in six months. Instead, they sold out in eight days.

Gira credits the Internet and social media for not only regrouping original Swans fans but also introducing younger listeners to the act's music and live shows. "[The crowds] are very mixed, which is very gratifying," Gira says. "It'd be pretty awful if it was just old people like me."