When is a reunion not a reunion? When it involves Swans, the oppressive noise band formed by Michael Gira in New York City in the early 1980s. The singer has got the band back together to record new material, and has written a letter about it that explains why this isn’t a reunion.
The letter can be read in full over at the Quietus, but here’s the pertinent part: “One thing I want to point out right now: THIS IS NOT A REUNION,” he wrote. “It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that.”
Perhaps Gira is safeguarding against being asked the same questions time and again in the interviews that will inevitable surface once the new record is due? The singer is also warning people to keep an open mind about the sound: “If you have expectations about how Swans should be, that’s your business, but it would be a disservice to both of us if I were to make music with your needs in mind, and the music would certainly suffer as a result,” he said.