Swans were dead, and we give our eternal thanks to the inimitable Michael Gira for resurrecting them in a manner as miraculous and significant as the one depicted in the Bible, though with considerably less brain-gorging. Swans Are Dead, released in 1998, symbolized what Gira believed to be the band’s permanent disintegration, but luckily for us, the release of We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head (also a two-disc live album) signals the complete opposite. Unluckily for us, we’re reporting on this somewhat belatedly, so that album — which came in a limited edition of 1000 — has completely sold out. Luckily for us, all of the revenue earned from the sale of those handmade and personalized (as the disappointment sets in…) albums reportedly “CONTRIBUTES DIRECTLY” to the recording cost of an entirely new Swans album, The Seer, which is already in progress.
If you’re thinking that an album selling out isn’t something to bat an eye at, considering you just download all of your music illegally through fantastically stocked private trackers, it’s worth noting that Gira personally advises against this, on an implied penalty of death: “By the way, these are for YOU only. Please, please, please do not “share” these, or any of the other recordings on the goddamn internet or anywhere else. Would really appreciate your attention to this request!” I guess you can’t blame him for trying.
If you’re interested in learning more about the creation We Rose from Your Bed with the Sun in Our Head despite the fact that it’s most definitely sold out, click here. And don’t forget to scan the list of solo tourdates if you’re intent on catching Michael Gira live in the coming months. Wait… isn’t he supposed to be working on a new Swans album? Shenanigans!