If you’re in a band and planning to wear the label “experimental” as part of your genre specifications, you’d better be prepared to bring the goods. And god help you if the goods aren’t as kooky, out-there and mind-blowing as possible. Fortunately, the New York-based outfit Swans (a brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira) certainly needs no help on any of these establishment-jostling fronts. Also described as “no wave” – it’s just like new wave but with way less fluorescent in your music videos – Swans first swam up from the disco backlash of early-'80s NYC.
After a lengthy hiatus in 1997, the band regrouped in 2010 with a fresh lineup and a renewed electronic snarl, fitting for the new millennium. Head over to The Pyramid Scheme and check out these bad-ass birds; we hope they won’t be singing their swan song for years to come.
Swans wsg Xylouris White
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
February 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
$25 in advance, $28 day of
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758