Europe Tour 2023
The most legendary and monstrous of all noiserock bands comes back to Kampnagel with a new album after seven years. Their sixteenth studio album »The Beggar« will be released on June 23, 2023 on Mute / Young God Records. The record will be released on double vinyl in a brown chipboard sleeve with a download card for accessing an additional 44 minutes of music (also included on the album’s CD version) as a double CD in a brown chipboard digi-pack as well as digitally. »The Beggar« was written and produced by Swans mastermind Michael Gira, features contributions from other Swans members and guests such as Ben Frost, and was recorded at Berlin's Candy Bomber Studio.
After numerous pandemic-induced cancellations of tours for the previous Swans album leaving meaning, and an apparent bottomless pit of waiting, waiting, waiting, and the strange disorientation that came with this sudden but interminable forced isolation I decided it was time to write songs for a new Swans album and forget about everything else. They came relatively easily, always informed by the suspicion that these could be my last. When I finally was able to travel, songs in hand, to Berlin to work with my friends recording this record, the feeling was akin to the moment in The Wizard of Oz when the film changes from Black and White to Color. Now I’m feeling quite optimistic. My favourite color is pink. I hope you enjoy the album.» «