In the grand tradition of Serge and his then-adolescent daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg’s duet on “Lemon Incest” comes another potentially controversial father-daughter rock pairing. This time it involves Michael Gira’s three-year-old daughter, Saoirse, sharing vocal duties with freak-folk weirdy Devendra Banhart on a little number called “You Fucking People Make Me Sick.” The track is part of the upcoming album My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, from Gira’s newly ‘reactivated’ Swans (TMT News). Okay, in reality the only possibly controversial thing about the Swans song is whether it will be ‘pretty awesome’ or just ‘kinda awesome.’
Gira has assembled some good people for this non-“dumb-ass nostalgia act” album. (He says, “THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that.”) Swans members from the first incarnation(s) Norman Westberg, Bill Rieflin, Christoph Hahn, and Phil Puleo; new members Chris Pravdica (Flux Information Sciences/Services) and Thor Harris (Shearwater); and guest Grasshopper of Mercury Rev all make an appearance, along with Mr. Barnhart and Ms. Saoirse. The album was financed through sales of the limited edition acoustic Swans album I Am Not Insane earlier this year (TMT News).
The new album comes out September 21 on Gira’s own Young God Records, and a tour is planned for the fall. *
* Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease come to Minneapolis!
01. No Words/No Thoughts
02. Reeling The Liars In
04. My Birth
05. You Fucking People Make Me Sick
06. Inside Madeline
07. Eden Prison
08. Little Mouth