New York's legendary and recently resurrected SWANS have been confirmed as the headliners of next year's edition of the Roadburn Festival, set to take place April 14-16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will also be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
Featuring original members Michael Gira and Norman Westberg, alongside Christoph Hahn (mid-period SWANS, ANGELS OF LIGHT), Phil Puleo (final SWANS tour, ANGELS OF LIGHT), Chris Pravdica (FLUX INFORMATION SCIENCES, SERVICES, GUNGA DIN) and Thor Harris (ANGELS OF LIGHT, SHEARWATER), SWANS will headline Roadburn on Saturday, 16 April 2011.
Emerging from the New York underground in the early '80s, SWANS made its mark with a series of highly influential dark, abrasive, brutal and growling noise albums that served as an outlet for its unsettling ruminations on alienation, depression and the depravity of man.
After 15 years of touring and constant productivity, SWANS disbanded in 1997. The band's recent revival finds Gira seamlessly shifting from ANGELS OF LIGHT mode to the more heavier and noisier origins of SWANS, as showcased on the band's forthcoming album, "My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky", which basically starts where "Soundtracks For The Blind"/"Swans Are Dead" left off.
According to Stereogum.com: "The purists may want to crucify me, but SWANS' first studio album since 'Soundtracks' is also one of SWANS' best, most relentlessly dark and beautiful albums to date. Gira remains angry/venomous, but he's introduced a kind of time-won wisdom (and guest spot via his three-year-old daughter) you wouldn't find in the nihilistic '80s."
Commented the Roadburn festival organizers: "Roadburn Festival regards SWANS as the single biggest influence on the burgeoning doom/sludge/drone scene aside from the obvious likes of BLACK SABBATH. SWANS' canon of work can be heard and felt throughout the entire festival and in most of the bands invited to perform. It is a massive understatement to say that we are looking forward to the formidable and brutal sonic waves and the extreme volume levels that SWANS will bring to the festival. We are still pinching ourselves that the fever dream of this highly anticipated resurrection has become a reality."
For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.