NWB is stoked to present Michael Gira, front-figure in the almighty Swans, exclusively in Scandinavia. After touring relentlessly with Swans, Michael Gira pulled the plug to re-invent the band once again. Swans’ next album ´Leaving Meaning´ is set to be released oct. 25th and features musicians as The Necks, Baby Dee and Anna von Hausswolff to name a few. His concert at NWB will be a chance to experience the songs in their original form as you could hear on the ´What is this? ´ release consisting of acoustic demos of what turned out to be ´Leaving Meaning´.
“Sitting there alone on stage with a dead piece of wood and some wires and just my voice is a challenge I set for myself a number of years ago, trying to fully inhabit the same thread that’s run through the music all along, with the simplest of means. I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it over time. I play the guitar my own way. I’ve never really learned how to play it conventionally and I don’t care to do so. I could just as easily be hitting two rocks together. It provides a context for the voice and words, and just as in the music of Swans, when all the elements (known and unknowable) combine, it can lead to something beyond itself, which is always the place I’d like to go: somewhere else. I hope to see you there.”