Director: Tony Richardson Michael Gira: ‘New York was an incredibly different place then to what it is now. It doesn’t do anything for me emotionally or egotistically. LTW: Your role is to give them the space to create but within parameters? I love his voice now, the way it is so fucked! The songs could be pretty finished or I have mapped out a whole song. It’s not like I’m this fucking composer like I was saying. Michael Gira: ‘Sorry, I don’t like the use of the word ‘noise’. more, The official Orange site states that Gira uses an Orange OD120. It just seems to be unavoidable. What kind of Effects Pedals does Michael Gira use? But I’m the guy who is the band leader you know. we are going to create a moment of ecstasy…’ That would be preposterous but that is sort of the goal you have. Do you write at home on an acoustic and present to the band? Swans has been an unstoppable monolith in American underground music for more then four decades. Your melting with sweat…, Michael Gira: ‘It depends in how successful we are in getting the venue to turn of the air conditioning! One of them went down like a sack of potatoes. LTW: A lot of bands become variations of themselves but do you feel detached from your earlier work? With the band back on tour in the spring and the stirrings of a new album on its way we got in touch with Swans ringleader, Michael Gira to find out where its going and where this amazing music comes from. It this confluence of jazz, experimental, and psychedelic music and it was a great experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. It was a shabby space when I moved in but I did a lot of construction on it. LTW: What is the creative process? Photo by Jennifer Gira. It’s not that Swans make particularly brutal music these days. LTW: Is it fair to say that The Seer was the culmination of all your years in music and all that have you learned? There are poignant songs like that whilst on other ones, the words are more like indicators of my state of mind. We would be trying to have these physical forces with the sound. Obviously I was a little older than everyone else at those punk shows but the whole musical kind of cataclysm that happened in the sixties to the early seventies was pretty phenomenal.’. Some people take influence and you hear it in the music, it’s not like that with me. The band is very important to the sound at this point. I rediscovered that music that had started me thinking and about making an experience happen rather being a song or something. LTW: You are also a fan of early Pink Floyd as well and not so much the Syd period. It’s thirty years ago now. It was a festival in which all kinds of bands like the Pretty Things, Frank Zappa and the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Robert Wyatt played with Soft Machine. Pop and R&B singer bshp has released a new acoustic version of her debut Island single, Never... Blue Sky (1994) Drainland Michael Gira. We have a path that we want to follow but we find new things every night. The Beatles were a whole cultural, economic and musical phenomenon and also a convergence of technology at the time that was the psychedelic era. Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. Who knows, maybe I will have a heart attack and die onstage!’, LTW: ‘Do you have to mentally prepare to get into that intense space?’, Michael Gira: ‘No, it just happens. The endless grooves will be there. King Lucille. Last year The Swans released The Seer; an amazing, sprawling work that created a musical world that completely enveloped you in its power and imagination. If that means I can make some money and keep working that’s the main thing. I was a pretty intense individual but you have change with time- if you don’t you are just dead.’. If you listen to his piece by Henrik Gorecki symphony 2 but not 3, it’s all consuming and just incredible but you could listen to the Stooges Funhouse and you would have the same feeling.’. I gravitated towards punk when it happened. It was just its own sonic world you know. Michael Gira founded the seminal NYC band Swans in 1982. It’s what we wanted to do with just sound and rhythm. I guess I’m lazy minded. I really respect great entertainers like Nina Simone, James Brown even Frank Sinatra, who was a great entertainer. We have to find our own avenue, our own way, our own groove.’, Michael Gira: ‘I don’t like calling it the drone. more. LTW: OK, some people have their hands in the air feeling the sound, surfing on it. I’m always at the merch table and I always say hello to people after the gigs. It makes you cry. I have listened to the first three Doors albums so many times that I could recite them in my mind. In this image, Gira can be seen playing a Gibson B.B. They grated very much against mainstream America at the time which was so different that it’s hard to even describe. When I look back in retrospect an influence on me is Glenn Branca because he refused to compromise and was really going for the peak experience through the sound. Michael Gira: ‘Usually. Ver 1. With the line up now it’s very similar. Maybe the internet helped a lot with people understanding what we were trying to and getting the information out there and telling people the experience that we can be and people like that and come to it understanding. Release Date June 9, 1995. I didn’t have to play them any more because I could recite them.’, I didn’t even know what blues was at the time. Some of the songs start as notes on an acoustic guitar and start with rhythm and a rudimentary vocal. So I had them turn that off. T here are not many acoustic church shows at which audience members involuntarily flinch at the first strum, but dedicated fans of Michael Gira and … It’s not a series of versions of songs from the record. Run time: 101 minutes LTW : Is it a case of the more you know getting in the way? As a kid I wouldn’t say I was a fan but the Doors were part of my whole inner psyche. LTW: As you get older do you get more self critical? In the case of a song it could be like Song For A Warrior, that’s a little poem, a little lullaby for my daughter. Michael Gira: ‘Usually some official from the club comes over and says get the fuck off the stage (laughs).’. Vocal M S. Rhythm Guitar M S. Solo Guitar M S. Drums M S. View all instruments. Every once in a while a vague one might creep in but it was mainly sound and rhythm with the sound generated mainly by bass drums and guitars. I guess I’m not a good enough musician to interpret my surroundings or anything for that matter. Some people are trying to react against the sound, some people- like me- find it very meditative and relaxing in strange way. And then do you take on the role of the conductor? Michael Gira: ‘I said that sardonically in my stupid press release! I’m adequate as far as being a real singer. We grapple with death and life with the songs that change with every show and hope to find the perfect nuances and ways to build them. LTW: Are the length of the shows important? Sounds Jarboe. The power music could have in the culture was much more profound then than it is now. I don’t see how I did what I did even though I was that person! Engineering Michael Gira & Bill Rieflin. With Swans, Gira has used a variety of instruments including Ovation acoustic guitars and a Westbury Track II bass guitar during early performances. LTW: These were people with a vision that did not follow other people’s paths, is that part of the inspiration for you? It’s romantic and suffused with a kind of morality and the meaning of death. When they first emerged in the early 1980s, Michael Gira’s group Swans made music of overwhelming power. Backing Vocals Jarboe & Michael Gira. I think lyrically, though, it’s phenomenal. This is the only way I know how to work. The Linked Data Service provides access to commonly found standards and vocabularies promulgated by the Library of Congress. It’s sound- noise, to me, implies an annoying fly in your ear sound. The Stan Laurels – There Is No Light Without Dark –... Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Mr Prism – Single Review. LTW: Is the current Swans a much more band orientated way of working? I mentioned in an interview the great band leaders like Nina Simone, Fela Kuti or James Brown or Howling Wolf- those are all band leaders and their music didn’t just happen. I think a lot of younger musicians in New York these days see music as a career option choice thing, and it certainly was not like that then.’. We just did a show in Brooklyn last year and it was the same, just unbelievable. Michael Gira: ‘The No Wave thing was before us and Sonic Youth, both of us moved to the city at the same time but it had pretty much died out when we got there. LTW: Does the music just come into your head? LTW: Did you ever feel what you doing part of was part of late period No Wave? It’s what you think about when you decide you want to be an artist, you look at your guides or heroes and you want to be as all consumed with the world as they were and that was what he was and it was pretty awesome to see.’, LTW: You are also a big fan of the The Beatles…, Michael Gira: ‘That’s a whole different thing. LTW : Michael Gira and co. will embark on a North American trek in support of the 2019 album this spring. We used to use tape loops then but not with a rhythm. Do you like diverse reactions?’, Michael Gira: ‘Those all sound good to me. Search. I didn’t think of them as American blues. The words do not come easily to me anymore. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. LTW: I’m interested in the word groove, Swans have a certain groove but not in the traditional sense of that word. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2010 CD release of My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky on Discogs. more, Gira uses this acoustic guitar during solo shows and hiw solo projects more, He uses several Guild guitars from the 90's in his solo concerts. Michael Gira admits that his young daughter “can’t stand” his music, claiming “as soon as I play guitar she comes up and puts her hands on the strings and gets me to stop.” Although his work as Swans is more readily greeted with awe than aversion; a visceral response isunderstandable. When Swans started to expand the sound I started to think about formative experiences and where I wanted the music to go. Some of them I have concepts for and I know how they are going to develop with the input of my friends in the band. Personally I don’t have that problem because I don’t know a single scale.’. You have toured a lot since the My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky album, did that have a profound affect on the music that went onto The Seer. It’s just the way it is. Sometimes there’s a very specific subject matter and a general theme to a song but not to a record. Gira can be seen playing a Westbury Track II Bass in this photo. Vocals Michael Gira. I don’t jamming like a rock band riffing. It was Louder Than War’s album of the year and the gigs they played in the autumn were so intense that it was hard to listen to any other music for a week afterwards. Release date:... From toe-tapping rock n’ roll to darkly ethereal modular synthpop - discover highlights from the vibrant Loftas... Swans : in depth interview with Michael Gira. I have a terrible memory. I just follow my imagination.’. Datasets available include LCSH, BIBFRAME, LC Name Authorities, LC Classification, MARC codes, PREMIS vocabularies, ISO language codes, and more. If you have paid any attention to QRD you know who Michael Gira is. FREE SHIPPING CONTINENTAL US, LIMITED TIME ONLY. You are actually becoming popular! It develops organically. Michael Gira: ‘No, there is no true version of the music. This includes data values and the controlled vocabularies that house them. The city was in decay and decline. LTW: So in the older era your imagination was not affected by the brutal New York of the time? LTW: You mentioned before the physicality of the music and that was very noticeable at the Manchester gig. guitar com. Electrics. It’s this whole a list of experience and it’s all pointing to that…’, Michael Gira: ‘I can’t. I work by instinct and I aim to be not timid and to be fearless and to just follow my imagination.’. it should have lasted 10 minutes at least, instead of the 3 1/2 minutes it is now. It’s a living thing. I was getting rid of everything else and pushing what you then found to an extreme. We are trying to make something happen in the moment and it just happens that that moment is growing exponentially.’. Michael Gira: ‘I have other skills if I needed them tomorrow. Acoustic Guitar Michael Gira. Michael Gira: A lot of them start with me in my office on my acoustic guitar and then are built up. LTW: Is it deliberate to have the variation of styles on The Seer There is quite an extreme difference to the songs. It’s not like sitting in the studio and kind of artificially trying to inject nuances- it happens just through playing.’. Cast: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe Michael Gira tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including eden prison that way, jim New Releases. I’m really trying to find a vehicle to ride, rather you driving it, you have to design the perfect vehicle from scratch.’. I don’t understand his music technically at all and nor do I care to but having been around him in his early symphonies and watching him work was very interesting. I think it’s incredible. How tiring is it to actually perform that music? Michael Gira: ‘At best I completely forget who and where and what I am. I don’t do a secret ritual or anything before going on stage (laughs). LTW: Did your music reflect the environment you were in at the time and have the changes in your music reflect the changes in your environment? Sign up Log in. Their first album, 1982’s Filth, lived up to its title, lurching along at what seemed like half-speed, crude guitar chords clanging and drums beating like construction equipment as Gira roared lyrics that were like mantras of nihilism and… There are moments when things can get quite heavy but there are also moments of beauty and of a brooding psychedelic folkiness. Michael Gira | Interview Dec 28, 2001. more. A very different time for me’. 1. It’s about playing a lot live and letting the music grow on its own. top 10 punk covers that were better than the originals – part 2, Peter Hook And The Light: Mexico City – live stream, Watch this: Pop singer bshp releases acoustic version of Never Mind. I’m always stuck like a Doe in the headlights grappling with the moment and I just do my best with what talents I was left with and I don’t worry about the bigger issues.’. Format: Blu-ray There have been so many years of stupid hard work that it is good to see something back. Michael Gira: ‘Incredibly. And what do you get physically when you play this kind of music? LTW: There is also an air of classical music in your stuff, the way it moves through to different moods and places with highs and lows. Michael Gira: ‘I don’t know about clever but tremendous…’. Michael Gira is known for using a Guild antique burst electro acoustic guitar, and a Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier during his solo concerts. The legendary musical outfit Swans—a revolving cast of inspired players centered around Michael Gira—has resurfaced with a new album, Leaving Meaning, and an upcoming 2020 tour. In Manchester I believe it was out of control in the room with the heat. Teenage Jesus, the Contortions, Suicide and all that stuff to me was an indication to get the fuck there to New York from LA where I was living . But usually it’s afterwards. Michael Gira asks me as I describe my first time listening to "Screenshot", the opening cut on the newest Swans LP, ... the notes played by the bass or the chords played by the guitar. I suppose, as you notice with the record, nothing stays the same, things are always growing and changing within the chord and that interests me- the possibilities that are there in a single note, that kind of aspect which makes it more than a drone. Roles performed: vocals, producer, acoustic guitar, design, writer. ‘, Michael Gira: ‘(Laughs) In my own gravelly way, that guy had a trained, beautiful voice and I have anything but. Although I just, remarkably, wrote a whole lyric without music to it. LTW: Do you write the words after the music? Now I really enjoy having people seeming to come for the experience that we can provide. We start playing and I guess I conduct in a way but I absolutely want the band’s own input and imagination. But when I’ve been back for a month I’m sick as a dog and looking forward to getting back into my exercise regime which is just stretching before the gig but the show is my exercise because it’s so intense.’, LTW: Do you feel the energy come out of you on stage? Michael Gira laughs about the drastic changes of musical style ‘it is probably surprising the change from the beginning to now. We will see. Phil Puleo is seated behind the drum kit. Michael Gira talks about the latest Swans album, methods of working on music, his experience as a writer, current plans and other interesting things Michael Gira is the mastermind behind the legendary band Swans or, as he calls his role in this remarkable project – the director of proceedings, primary songwriter and vocalist and producer. You had to be really, pretty brutal to get any kind of thing going and any pretention to being relentless. maybe not so much his personal life though but as a creator or a creative force he is important as far a I’m concerned.’. Get the gear to sound like Michael Gira and get their tone. ‘, LTW: On the album I can hear threads of the sixties in songs, Sometimes a bit of the feel of the Doors…, Michael Gira: ‘I have no idea. Michael Gira: ‘That’s like, no offence, but that’s what a critic thinks. Michael Gira's gear and equipment including the Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus and Orange Thunderverb 200-Watt Tube Guitar Amp Head. It’s certainly not because we are fashionable! What kind of Guitars does Michael Gira use? It can be quite a cleansing experience in that way (laughs). It’s about wrangling with the mess you make in the studio until it finally takes on some sort of shape and then moving on to the next thing. I was right there and I was taking LSD and listening to it. I even look at Nico at being very inspirational in a certain way. It doesn’t mean anything beyond that. Michael Gira: ‘Well yeah, I’m a producer for lack of a better word. LTW: Do you find it frustrating that music is now generally more background and do you react against that. Sometimes it feels like cheating to change chords you know (laughs). I work by instinct with sound. Michael Gira: ‘I don’t react against thing or look at bigger issues. By the way, did you hear Bob Dylan’s new album, Tempest.’. Will it be a continuation of the directions suggested by The Seer? I’m pretty self critical and I try not to repeat the same kind of things. photo by Cheslav Merk interview by Billy Hell (February 2006) "Waste is obscene!" How did the transition come about? he’s 70 something. That has been a very good aspect to it. I saw Pink Floyd perform what became the material of the Ummagumma album and it was great.’. At the highest points live that’s what the music does, it creates this environment where the audience can levitate for one moment and that’s the most gratifying thing for me.’. Other songs like The Seer developed live over the year after starting out as a groove before it developed into what it became.’. I mentioned a few before like Nina Simone or Howling Wolf- John Cale might be another one at a certain time, he has done some awful work in his life as well but also some magnificent work too. It was a very difficult place in those days. I don’t think about overarching big issues. Michael Kelly Guitars is an American guitar, bass and mandolin company, who imports quality instruments manufactured to their specifications. Michael Gira: ‘Yeah but I try to respect the person that made it. LTW: Is your life very different now than it was when you lived in New York? I don’t know fucking anything about music! The official Orange site states that Gira uses a Thunderverb 200. more, On the official Orange site, it is stated that Gira uses a PPC412. After several months of rehearsals, she took the stage with Swans … I could go and paint houses if I had to…’. LTW: Was the My Father album about mortality? What kind of Bass Guitars does Michael Gira use? I can’t discuss them anymore. I have carved out my own world but he’s a more universal kind of writer.’, Michael Gira: ‘No but there are people I hold as icons or heroes or examples of what is possible but not as influences. He’s very gifted at classical song writing and I’m not like that. I’m in my own little place in life. What kind of Gear & Equipment does Michael Gira use? The sound was pretty forceful and a lot of our career was spent in an antipathy with the audience. Michael Gira : ‘It’s just work really. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences. LTW: Was the punk thing for you a reprise of the energy of ideas of the sixties thing? I got to New York where I could make something, for lack of a better word, happen. It is so beautiful. That’s a good point. Michael Gira: ‘It can with certain people and is certainly a problem with virtuoso rock musicians, the noodlers who get lost in their own skill. Michael Gira: ‘People, friends of mine, who are classically trained suggested some of the record was classical in a way. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. When I get off tour I feel like I could run up a mountain and I probably could! There was lots of violence and hardship and, in a way, that was a productive element because it weeded out the weaklings. We chat to the founder and frontman of the cult experimental rock band Swans, Michael Gira, about the records that shaped him Michael Gira: I listened to The Doors’ first album when I was 13. Michael Gira: ‘It’s a band. It came at a time in America when there was a great deal of turmoil, a turmoil which I wish still existed today, in that there was mass rioting and protests in the streets. In 1982, after a frustrating few months auditioning potential members, Michael Gira and Jonathan Kane recruited Sue Hanel: “the most ferocious noise guitarist in the city” (Jonathan Kane). Electric Guitar Michael Gira. Michael Gira: ‘I had no notion at the time that I would be a musician. LTW: The Seer is an immense piece of work that you can get lost in, were you conscious of the jump from the previous ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ which already hinted at this enormity but didn’t go to the enveloping extremes of the The Seer. I guess the music is tailored or whatever for my voice and my voice just happens to fit in with what I write whether it’s whimsical or wistful or a sorrowful tune- I’m not so hot at that. - M.Gira. Michael Gira: ‘If you want to stay interested in your own work and be compelling to other people you have to move on. Michael Gira: ‘I don’t know about thematic things. I also get incredible exhaustion after the show, especially now as we are playing up to three hours sometimes, which is pretty demanding.’. The songs you see us play live are remarkably different from what was on the record.’. It’s not so much about different musical styles but to create nuance and different atmospheres. Keyboards Bill Rieflin & Jarboe. It’s part of being with a good band. LTW: They did. Acoustics; Basses. It’s not like I try to translate where I am into music. As well as having exceptionally talented pop song writers, if not such great lyricists as far as I’m concerned, but they had that ability to make a world in just few minutes was pretty unparalleled.’. 5 Best Online Guitar Lessons Websites in 2020, The Top 11 Overdrive Pedals - 2020 Edition, Follow artists like Michael Gira and get inspired by their gear. That’s how that started- it was a little love letter from her dad. LTW: Is the live thing the truer version? LTW: People’s reactions are very different. Michael Gira: ‘Sometimes but usually I fiddle around on the acoustic guitar and find chords or shapes I like the sound of and start playing them and then a rhythm occurs and then, hopefully, by the grace of god, words will find their way into my brain..’ Not Dead Yet Even though SWANS did undergo several dramatic changes not only in the constellation of musicians, Gira decided to drop the name in the early 2000s to distance himself from the noisy style associated with the band. If the music elevates people then it’s succeeded. Michael Gira : ‘I don’t want to sound like a white boy trying to be funky. Find Michael Gira credit information on AllMusic AllMusic. Quickly infamous for their punishing, brutal and repetitive onslaughts of sound, extreme volume levels, and the self-abusing, abject shouts and growls of Gira’s sloganeering vocals, Swans gradually transformed over 15 years, ultimately venturing into harsh mechanical proto-industrial rock, to sprawling It’s just what it was in that moment. Do you jam the songs? Half the set is these new songs and I’ve got some more now and we will start developing those live as well into their own form and violation as well.’. I’m not like that. 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