Swans' Most Terrifying Songs


"You Fucking People Make Me Sick," from My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (2010)

Speaking of beautiful children, the child that sings with Gira on this tune has a beautiful voice. "I love you," sings Gira. "I love you," responds the child. This exchange is chilling. But nowhere near as chilling as the indescribable sonic violence that happens for the next two minutes, as piano, horns and drums produce a psycho-death rattle unlike anything you've ever heard before.

"The Seer Returns," The Seer (2012)

This is one hell of a joyous groove, but don't get too comfortable. "Your life pours into my mouth, my light pours out of my mouth, my life pours into your mouth, your light pours into my mouth," sings Gira. It's a warm, fuzzy feeling - all that light and life pouring all around so freely. But stop for a second and consider what's really happening here. Light is coming out of your mouth.



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audibleimage
audibleimage

Great selection -failure, is a blue collar journal to familiar to thee grandson of Irish coal miner vetereran amputee of as 2 - but always happy to see us gran kids, and hide the troubles behind his eyes. What's the song were Harbor talks softly and sensualy to " father" for about four minutes than took an entire shure BROS sm58 in here mouth and blasts out some death metal guteral vocals that would make canibal corpse or nalpalm death wince and go back to the drawing board? Hearing it you could feel the rage unleashed, seeing it live, she seemed small and almost fragile then this explosion of vocal ( naive of me and sorry ladies, but I thought done larger framed fellow with a square jaw and prison tats would take over - nope just her , and well justified honest unbridled rage with the band in full violence behind her ... Uh I think I and any everyone took a jump back, I could speculate on who or type of recipient this song is dedicated to - but let's just say he's in deep shjt if not already a shallow grave) Who needs size and muscle when you have hell furry flying out of every fiber if your flesh So many more, so many more , ahhhh what an incredible band its been since swans are dead that I saw them last I know I missed out any other east coast rain shows???? What's up with that williamsburg gig, damnit and missed Durham too ... Any thing else between here VA to Atlanta to Ny ? Please let me know !!!! audibleimage@gmail.com Damn. I think I missed out this time and too far and few between Much love and respect to the tribe of Gira!!!!

birsa.non
birsa.non

I would have added "Killing For Company" and.. well... "Love Will Save You"....

davidhall99
davidhall99

great article - this needs to be done for Today is the Day also.  anyway, great work.

capn
capn

Time is Money (Bastard) is the scariest, hands down. 

gpacketjr
gpacketjr

Gira is not the one singing on "You Fucking People Make Me Sick", it's actually Devendra Banhart.

Will
Will

no "My Buried Child"? for shame.

de1061
de1061

The only thing terrifying about those songs is how shitty they are.

elliottsharp
elliottsharp

@j_arthur_bloom Seeing them in Philadelphia on Saturday. Stoked.

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