Swans – Newcastle – Warehouse 34 – May 2014
Amazing show and a band that have been on my bucket list for some time.
Here’s what I had to say at the time…
“There is a buzz tonight in Warehouse 34, my first time here and it’s a very basic but nicely executed setup, good lighting and great sound. Oh and a good selection of beers which is always welcome! The venue is a little out of the way, but it has an atmosphere, which seemed to fit Swans perfectly. I wasn’t sure what to expect crowd wise, turned out to be very busy, clearly we have a lot of people in Newcastle with good taste. Looking around I saw a lot of familiar faces, pretty much the who is who of the Newcastle alt scene.
Watching Michael Gira work the band was mesmerising, I’ve never seen a band controlled like this before, all eyes on him waiting instructions as if he is conducting an orchestra. The set has been pretty much the same for the whole tour, a nice mix of old and new, personally I’d have loved to hear some from My Father Will Guide Me… as it is my personal favourite, but hey you can’t complain at this little selection. 7 songs clocking in at around 1 hour and 45 minutes. We didn’t get many songs, which is not surprising when most of their songs are 20 minutes plus.
I’d not heard the new material yet, but talking to audience members before hand they were raving about the new material. Oxygen really blew me away, it has a Grinderman style swagger unlike anything else they’ve done. Very fresh and creative with a powerful groove. Swans are certainly a band at the peak of their game.
- Frankie M
- A Little God In My Hands
- Don’t Go
- Just a Little Boy
- The Apostate
- Bring the Sun / Black Hole Man
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