Experimental rock group Swans concluded their North American tour in Los Angeles Tuesday night before a sold out crowd. Currently supporting their latest studio album My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky, the six-piece act delivered powerful musical renditions during the ninety minute set list.
As the lights grew brighter across the stage, buzzing sounds traveled throughout the venue accompanied by eerie chimes and keys. Bells rang softly as the anticipation caused fans to cheer with the drowning bass floating in the air. Lead singer Michael Gira exploded with raw energy as bassist Chris Pravdica and guitarist Norman Westberg faced drummer Phil Puleo while decimating the sound barrier. The evening continued with the El Rey Theatre transforming into a full-featured sauna. The aggressive beats caused everyone in the pit to sweat profusely. Each track was heavily driven by industrial like tones and very light lyrics.
The night ended with uncontrollable chaos and musical interpretations of danger and suspense. Every member delivered synchronized portions with every song. Before signing off, Gira expressed his gratitude towards the Southern California audience. “It’s good to be back in LA, ” yelled Gira. “I fucking love this place. I’m really glad I moved out”. The last time Swans released an album; Bill Clinton was serving his first term in office. Since Then, the regrouped Swans have traveled the globe delivering unforgettable performances in every country.
photos and review by : JACOB GAITAN