Tag Archives: Swans

On March 24, 2020.

On March 24, 2020, William Frederick Rieflin died aged 59. He was drummer, has worked with many notable groups including Ministry, Lard, the Revolting Cocks,  KMFDM,  Pigface, Swans, Chris Connelly, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M. and King Crimson.

On June 17, 2016

On June 17, 2016, “Young God” label released “The Glowing Man”, the fourteenth  Swans studio album. It was recorded in 2016, and was produced by Michael Gira.

Personnel:

  • Michael Gira– vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
  • Christoph Hahn –lap steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Thor Harris– percussion, vibes and bells, hammered dulcimer
  • Christopher Pravdica– bass guitar, vocals
  • Phil Puleo– drums, hammered dulcimer, vocals
  • Norman Westberg– electric guitar, vocals
  • Bill Rieflin– drums, piano, synth, Mellotron, bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Jennifer Gira – lead vocals
  • Okkyung Lee– cello

Track listing:

All tracks by Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christopher Pravdica, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris and Phil Puleo, except where noted.

  1. Cloud of Forgetting
  2. Cloud of Unknowing
  3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black – Michael Gira
  4. People Like Us – Michael Gira
  5. Frankie M.
  6. When Will I Return?
  7. The Glowing Man
  8. Finally, Peace

On May 12, 2014.

Swans_To_Be_Kind

On May 12, 2014, “Young God” label released “To Be Kind”, the thirteenth Swans studio album. It was recorded in 2006, at “Sonic Ranch”  in Tornillo, Texas, and was produced by Michael Gira.

Personnel:

  • Michael Gira– vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, production
  • Christoph Hahn –lap steel guitars, electric guitar, vocals
  • Thor Harris– drums, percussion, vibes and bells, wind instruments, handmade viola, vocals
  • Christopher Pravdica– bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Phil Puleo– drums, percussion, dulcimer, piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Norman Westberg– electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Jennifer Church – background vocals
  • John Congleton– piano
  • Rex Emerson –mandolin
  • Daniel Hart– violin
  • Julia Kent– strings and string arrangement
  • Sean Kirkpatrick– piano, harpsichord, synthesizer
  • Little Annie– vocals
  • Bill Rieflin– additional drums and percussion, synthesizer, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
  • Al Spx– background vocals
  • Vincent– background vocals
  • David Pierce –trombone
  • Evan Weiss –trumpet
  • John Congleton –recording, mixing
  • Bob Biggs – artwork
  • Doug Henderson– mastering

Track listing:

All lyrics by Michael Gira.

  1. Screen Shot – Michael Gira
  2. Just a Little Boy (forChester Burnett) – Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica, Phil Puleo, Norman Westberg
  3. A Little God in My Hands – Michael Gira
  4. Bring the Sun / Toussaint L’Ouverture – Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica, Phil Puleo, Norman Westberg
  5. Some Things We Do – Michael Gira
  6. She Loves Us – Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica, Phil Puleo, Norman Westberg
  7. Kristen Supine – Michael Gira
  8. Oxygen – Michael Gira
  9. Nathalie Neal – Michael Gira
  10. To Be Kind – Michael Gira, Christoph Hahn, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica, Phil Puleo, Norman Westberg

On January 23, 1995.

Swans_-_Great_Annihilator

On January 23, 1995, “Young God” label released “The Great Annihilator”, the ninth Swans studio album. It was recorded February 1993 – June 1994, and was produced by Michael Gira.

Personnel:

  • Michael Gira– sounds, vocals, guitars
  • Jarboe– backing vocals, organ, vocals, keyboards, sounds
  • Bill Rieflin– drums, sounds, percussion, guitars, loops
  • Algis Kizys– bass
  • Norman Westberg– electric guitar
  • Clinton Steele – guitars
  • Ted Parsons– drums
  • Martin Atkins – hand drums
  • Nicky Skopelitis – guitar
  • John Sarfell – piano
  • Larry Seven – double bass

All tracks by Michael Gira, except where noted.

  1. In
  2. I Am the Sun
  3. She Lives
  4. Celebrity Lifestyle
  5. Mother / Father
  6. Blood Promise
  7. Mind / Body / Light / Sound
  8. My Buried Child – lyrics Michael Gira, music Michael Gira, Jarboe
  9. Warm
  10. Alcohol the Seed
  11. Killing for Company
  12. Mother’s Milk
  13. Where Does a Body End?
  14. Telepathy
  15. The Great Annihilator
  16. Out – Michael Gira, Jarboe