Death Grips And Swans Release New Songs Over A Busy Holiday Weekend

I see your schwanze is as big as mine.

Memorial Day weekend is a true American past time. For most it means a three day weekend, cabin getaways, bratwursts and beers. Apparently, it’s also a great time for bands to surprise us with new music. Death Grips, always unpredictable, have released a new song hot off the heels of their newest LP Bottomless Pit. Like a skilled heavyweight boxer, not allowing his opponent to figure out his rhythm, Death Grips released a new song late Monday night; perhaps our biggest surprise was the guest feature.

“More Than The Fairy” features Les Claypool (of Primus fame), most prominently in the song’s opening moments of Primus-esque wobbly basslines. The rest of the track is what you’d expect from present-day Death Grips: breakbeat drums, noise effects, nonsensical lyrics, and that prominent bass. I was blown away by this track on my first listen. Les Claypool is a high profile feature for the group, and an exciting prospect for what they’re cooking up next.

Make that face go fire emojis.


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On Friday, just three weeks before the release of their fourteenth studio album The Glowing Man, Swans released the sixth track “When Will I Return?”

Written by Swans frontman Michael Gira specifically to be sung by his wife Jennifer, “When Will I Return?” features vocals from both. Jennifer’s lyrics point cryptically to a traumatic experience she endured; Gira enters the song later with his trademark sermonistic bellow. “When Will I Return?” ignores the strongly krautrock influenced sound heard on the title track, instead building through droning, repetitive rock. This song is one of the shortest songs on The Glowing Man, running five minutes and twenty six seconds; as a comparison, the first three songs on the album total almost one hour of music!

Swans albums are more akin to transformative experiences than normal listening pastimes. The Seer was my favorite album, regardless of genre, the year it was released, and 2014’s To Be Kind is still in constant rotation for me. Michael Gira has stated this will be the last album for the current lineup on Swans. Will The Glowing Man, Swans’ third two hour opus in a row, reach the heights set by their previous two albums? We’ll find out in just a few short weeks.

The_Glowing_Man_(Front_Cover)THE GLOWING MAN TRACKLISTING

  1. Cloud of Forgetting
  2. Cloud of Unknowing
  3. The World Looks Red / The World Looks Black
  4. People Like Us
  5. Frankie M.
  6. When Will I Return?
  7. The Glowing Man
  8. Finally, Peace.

The Glowing Man is due out June 17th on Young God Records; look out for tour dates for the band this summer.

 

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Published on: June 1, 2016

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  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    I just want to say I saw Taake and Wolvhammer last night and they killed it. Taake even brought out the banjo of death.

    • Stanley

      Gonna see TAAKE on the 12th. One of my most anticipated gigs ever.

      • Who are they playing with on that date?

        • Stanley

          Too many bands that I’m not that interested, will detract from how long Taake will play, and add to the time that they’ll hit the stage.

          Wolvhammer / YAITW / AILS

          • more beer

            When there are bands I don’t really care to see. I usually hit the bar or head outside to blaze.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            420 blaze it!

          • more beer

            It’s always 420 in Colorado.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It is.

          • more beer

            Did I mention how good Vermin Womb was a couple of weeks ago.

          • Haha, I think you did. I forgot to reply to your comment. I’m sure it was unrelenting and hateful as all fuck.

          • more beer

            What a good show. I had a bunch of friends at my house who were at that show on Saturday. All were in agreement. One of the best shows in a while.

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            I had the opportunity to offer a J to both Dixie Dave and Pepper Keenan who were chatting outside when Weedeater played here a few months back, but chickened out.

          • more beer

            They are just people like you. You should of gotten blazed with them.

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            Should have, man!

            But I’ve actually spoken with Pepper before as he lives in my hometown, but I was already too blazed and drunk to talk to anyone else at that point in the night lol.

          • more beer

            I was like that Saturday night getting stoned with Lenzig from Cephalic Carnage.I don’t remember a fucking a thing we talked about.

          • BACH!!!!!!!!

            Damn, smoking up with some heavyweight champions there! CC’s practically the Snoop Dogg of the extreme metal world.

          • more beer

            I kick it with him all the time. We have been friends for a while. I know all of those guys. I saw his side project band on Saturday Legion of Death.

          • BACH!!!!!!!!

            I’ve had one beer with Mikael Ackerfelt, got drunk with the guy from Cruciform Injection (local band) and drank up with Covenant before their show, and that’s about it. I didn’t smoke at the time (I went about 6 1/2 years without weed), but the guy from Mindflux Funeral (local industrial band) smoked up at my place and offered it to me when I interviewed him. Looking back, I should’ve taken him up on the offer!

          • more beer

            Living this metal life. I have gotten blazed with more people in bands than I can remember.

          • Stanley

            Same (except for the weed part), but hungover on Monday morning <<<<<

          • Hungover anytime <<<<<<<<<

          • Stanley

            True. I do not tolerate hangovers. Puts me right off my mojo. Don’t exercise that day, eat poorly, bad sleep.

          • Yup, total fucking downer of a day. Just a complete waste.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I don’t miss ’em.

          • Same, bro,

          • more beer

            Weekday shows are a bitch. But it is really hard to go to a show and not have a few beers. We get a lot of weekday shows here due to location.

          • Stanley

            I always have a few beers, the show’s not the same otherwise 🙂

          • more beer

            It really isn’t. Beer & Metal!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™
          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            I was pleasantly surprised by Wolvhammer. Never really listened to them and they made a new fan last night. However there were two other local openers that were okay, and Taake didn’t really start playing until after midnight, hence why I am a zombie this morning.

          • Stanley

            See, that’s fucked. If you’re gonna have 5 bands, one should be starting at 6. I don’t want to be up until 1pm on Sunday night / Monday morning (last BART home is 1 anyway).

            I’ll probably give Wolvhammer a listen over the next few days. Thanks for the notice.

          • more beer

            That’s what they do here. If they have a bunch of locals playing. Doors at 5:30 show starts at 6:00. On weekdays these shows are typically over by midnight.

          • Wolvhammer was boring as hell when I saw them. Too many guitarists too.

          • Stanley

            How many have they got?

          • They had 3 guitarists plus a bassist when I saw them.

          • more beer

            I saw them last summer and remember thinking there were a lot of people in this band.

          • Stanley

            Splitting a 100 bucks six ways ain’t no fun.

          • more beer

            That’s not even beer money!

          • Stanley

            That’s probably why they usually give the bands some raffle tickets (beer vouchers).

          • more beer

            True.

          • Demoralizing for sure.

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            Weird. They just had 2 when I saw em.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Whitechapel- more guitarists than original riffs

          • RJA

            I’m going to see False tonight and dreading that exact scenario – up until 1 or 2 on a wednesday night, being as I have to be to work at 7.

          • Stanley

            False are pretty good live. The drummer is a beast. Come to think of it, so is the singer.

          • RJA

            That’s good to know – I also just saw on the venue’s page that show starts at 6:00. I believe there are 4 or 5 bands but I like that 6:00 start time.

          • Whole lot of meh…

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I saw Taake some months ago and THEY WERE AWESOME, Hoest is easily one of the best front/showmen in black medal of honor.

        • Stanley

          Yesssss!

  • Would you claim these two bands to be your favorites Edward?

    • Maik Beninton™

      One would guess it, and he would be right.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Oh yeah, definitely two of.

  • i miss @DecayingReverie:disqus. Xan, i hope you’re doing well!

    • Maik Beninton™

      Yeah what happened to him?
      It’s been months since I saw a comment from him.

      • if i had to guess? education is taking up most of his time. hopefully he chimes in!

        • Maik Beninton™

          Well, I’ve been less active here because of that too, articles come up when I’m in class and I miss most of the conversation.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Articles usually come up when I’m at work.

  • Eliza

    The new Swans sounds promising.

    • i can’t pretend to be a Swans fan, but that song rips hard*. i plan on listening to it several times today, even investigating older material.
      *and by rips hard, i mean is gorgeous.

      • Eliza

        I haven’t listened to a lot of material by Swans either, but, who knows, maybe I’ll like his new album so much that I’ll start paying more attention to their work.

      • BACH!!!!!!!!

        If you’re investigating their older stuff, I’d say start off with Great Annihilator, Soundtracks For The Blind and The Seer. Might wanna save World Of Skin for last, since that one’s definitely the slowest and most challenging one.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj9YgTmGpLU&list=PLwIKPGoLUjo34jg7rPLZFblZi6lSIjFs6&index=16

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I have a feeling it’s going to rule.

    • BACH!!!!!!!!

      I honestly can’t name one bad CD they’ve ever done, including the much-hated Burning World (hated more by Gira himself than the fans though).

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Agreed. I don’t dislike anything I’ve heard from them, any era.

  • Joaquin Stick

    The people from the last post on this site (lolbuttz video breakdown) could take some notes from Swans on how to be moody in a good way. Seriously haunting, very good.

  • Man, I just do not have the patience for Swans, but about halfway through that song is a nice little haunting part I really like.

    • after the song is over, YouTube might recommend “Oxygen”. i’m currently jamming. take this journey with me Ann.

    • Eliza

      I like it when a song can build atmosphere like that.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      You might like “Jim” from My Father Will Guide Me A Rope Up To The Sky, it’s one of my favorite songs by them.

      • oh, you mean the “best death metal album of the 2000s”? jajaja

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          *some joker*

    • Cowboy Dick

      Acquired taste, I reckon.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I don’t have the patience for them either.

        • Cowboy Dick

          You got to do your own roping, no matter how good your daddy was. I reckon

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed. I need a sasparilla. Luckily they sell them at my job.

          • Cowboy Dick

            Only a fool would argue with a skunk, a mule, a cook or a good sasparilla. I reckon.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed.

          • BACH!!!!!!!!

            You work at a Wild West saloon?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            No, Christmas Tree Shops has 4 packs of bottled sodas. They have that, Birch beer and my favorite root beer.

          • BACH!!!!!!!!

            JJD’s true identity revealed:

            http://www.frankshemanpage.net/bravestarr_fever02.JPG

            (Handlebar, the sarsaparilla serving bartender from Bravestarr. It seemed to be the only drink he ever had on the show)

    • BACH!!!!!!!!

      You definitely have to be in the mood to sit through a whole Swans CD. But once you do, it’s absolutely worth it.

  • Finally giving the new Qrixkuor album a listen here. Yup… This shit is going to be an album of year contender for me for sure.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Swans is bae.

    • Cowboy Dick

      I got no axe to grind but I am inclined to agree. I reckon

  • Hubert

    It’s like this was written just for me. Thank thee Edward.

  • Mother Shabubu

    EXPAND SCHWANZE

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      EXPANDING