Synergy Concerts and Cry Parrot present
Sat 24 May 2014 | 7pm-10pm | £18 + £1.80 booking fee
New York no wave/post-punk group Swans come to The Arches on Sat 24th May, as part of a large scale US and UK tour celebrating the release of new album To Be Kind on Young God Records this May.
Doors open at 7pm.
Swans were formed by Michael Gira in 1982, and quickly became renowned for their punishing onslaughts of sound, extreme volume levels, and the brutal growls and shouts of Gira’s vocals. From the much heralded Children of God album in 1987 to their ultimate statement, Soundtracks For The Blind in 1997, they managed to range from mechanical proto-industrial rock, to atmospheric folk, to gentle acoustic tracks, before disbanding in ’97.
In 2010, a new track appeared on Swans’ Myspace with the word “SWANS ARE NOT DEAD.” Live dates followed, finally delighting fans with a new album, My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, in September that year, and The Seer in 2012. To Be Kind, released on 12 May 2014, features several special guests, including Little Annie, St. Vincent, labelmate Cold Specks and Bill Rieflin.
Swans infamous and powerful live show was described by the New York Times as “an act of generosity”, by Time Magazine as “a force that jolts you into focus” while Spin.com asked “are Swans the best live band in the world right now?” It was on this recent 2012/2013 tour, Gira explains, that “a good portion of the material for this album was developed live”.
Please enter through Argyle Street entrance
Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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