One of the trademarks of Swans’ early period was playing at painfully loud volumes during concerts, to the point where some audience members would vomit or the police would stop the show. Gira was also notably confrontational with the audience, such as stepping on people’s fingers resting on the stage, pull people’s hair, and notably beating up anyone caught in the crowd headbanging, something Gira detested. This lent a reputation to the name Swans which was one of the contributing factors in Gira’s retirement of the band in 1997. Since Swans’ reformation, Gira has made a point of maintaining the intensity of their live show, stating that it is at once “soul-uplifting and body-destroying”. He has also sometimes turned off the air conditioning before Swans performed and compared the experience to a Native American sweat lodge.
Woodsman, a droney, instrumental three piece from Brooklyn stopped by our warehouse the other week before a gig at Kung Fu Necktie to play us some music. With instrumental songs, it’s easy to get carried away in the moods sonic envelope. Before you know it, ten minutes have passed and you’re wondering where the time went.
The bands sonic sound filled our large, 2400 sq ft space quite well, performing two songs from their newest self-titled album, Woodsman. As one commenter on their website mentioned after browsing past their name several times in a search for new music.. “Finally gave them a listen… More like a nature hike that found a few shrooms.” We don’t feel like this guy is too far off.. Enjoy “Teleseparation,” the closing track from the album and stay tuned for another release soon.
Aseethe are a trio from Iowa who work between atmosludge and drone/funeral doom. For this release, they worked a couple of Barn Owl riffs in their own style. I own a copy of this, and though the recording quality isn’t great, it’s a fantastic addition to a collection.