New Music
The Best New Music in Rock, Alternative, Hip-Hop, and More
Expertly Curated by the CoS Staff

Check Out: First new Swans song in 13 years, “Eden Prison”

on July 30, 2010, 1:45pm

I probably speak for the majority when I say waiting is no fun, especially when it comes to a new album. Case in point the Swans’ My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, an album which we’ve been waiting on for a good 13 years now.

When that glorious release date does arrive at last, however, it of course falls in to one of two definitive categories: The totally worth it and then the totally not worth it. In case you’re wondering, when Stereogum today debuted “Eden Prison”, the first song from My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, we most definitely lobbed it into that first category.

Named after a prison in New Zealand (of which lead singer Michael Gira was unaware), the song, the band’s first offering since 1997, would make you feel right at home in any clanker: lots of menacing instrumentation and Gira’s post-rock, industrial-strength voice barking out orders. And at six minutes long, expect it to get drilled into your skull.

In an interview with TheQuietus.com, Gira said the song “wrote itself. I don’t know where the words come from, except that they extrapolate upon some sordid and soiled childhood memories.” No matter the source material, Gira said this one in particular could be a track that could have an interesting live interpretation.

“I’m looking forward to playing this song live,” Gira said. “Inevitable, the middle section will be extended to 20 minutes until the last drop of blood and light is strangled out of its body.”

Oh, we’ll be there for that. And if you want to, you can see the band on tour starting September 28th. My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky hits stores September 27th via Young God Records.

My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky Tracklist:
01. No Words/No Thoughts
02. Reeling the Liars In
03. Jim
04. My Birth
05. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
06. Inside Madeline
07. Eden Prison
08. Little Mouth

Swans 2010 Tour Dates:
09/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater #
09/29 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
09/30 – Boston, MA @ Middle East downstairs #
10/01 – Montreal, QC @ Le National (Pop Montreal Fest) #
10/02 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
10/04 – Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom #
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge #
10/06 – Columbus, OH @ Outland Live #
10/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Masonic Temple #
10/09 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
10/21 – Cork, Ireland @ Cyprus Avenue %
10/22 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory %
10/23 – TBA
10/24 – Birmingham, UK @ Supersonic Festival %
10/25 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Arches %
10/27 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 %
10/28 – London, UK @ Koko Theatre %
10/29 – Leeds, UK @ Uni Stylus %
10/30 – Manchester UK @ Academy %
11/23 – Gronignen, Netherlands @ VERA %
11/24 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Fest at Tivoli de Helling %
11/25 – Brussels @ Belgium AB %
11/26 – Lille, France @ Le Grande Mix %
11/27 – Rouen, France @ 106 Club %
11/28 – Paris, France @ BBMIX festival %
11/30 – Toulouse, France @ Le Phare %
12/01 – Lyon, France @ Epicerie Modern %
12/02 – Geneva, Switzerland @ L’Usine %
12/03 – Turin, Italy @ Musica90 c/o Sala Espace %
12/04 – Bologna, Italy @ Locomotive Club %
12/05 – Roma, Italy @ Piper Club %
12/07 – Vienna, Austria @ at Arena %
12/08 – Prague, Czech @ Akropolis %
12/09 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Firlej %
12/10 – Warsaw, Poland @ Palladium %
12/12 – Hamburg, Germany @ Kampnagel %
12/13 – Berlin, Germany @ Volksbuehne %

# w/ Baby Dee
% w/ James Blackshaw

No comments