Swans play Debaser Slussen

With the air thick with the heat and sweat of a packed venue and the condensation already starting to show itself, the amps cracked into life with immense volume.

When I heard that the Swans were playing in Stockholm I got straight onto sorting out a ticket. This certainly would be a rare opportunity, in Stockholm at least anyway. As far as I am concerned the Swans are one of the great bands of all time and to have them playing the little but cozy venue Debaser Slussen was going to be special indeed.

Now, I have to say that as I had asked around about what the Swans were like now days, I was a little reluctant to get my hopes up on high. Although I am a big fan of their music I really was hoping for some of the heavy stuff. The word around the knitting circles was that they had been playing a lot of calm folk oriented stuff. Fine but, I had my fingers crossed for a least a mixed set.

The venue was packed to the brim and the big plastic barrel of ear plugs was a sign of things to come.

With the air thick with the heat and sweat of a packed venue and the condensation already starting to show itself, the amps cracked into life with immense volume. It really was enough to put you on your arse. Good thing I had my ear plugs otherwise there would be nothing left but a bloody soggy bunch of slop between what used to be ears. It was fantastic. The shear volume meant that not only did you hear the music but you felt every bit of it too. It was face meltingly beautiful.

The rhythmic and relentless pounding music writhed on as the heat and intensity of the gig surged forward. It was really wonderful to see the band respond to Michael Gira as he conducted in what appeared kind of a spontaneous shamanic creation. If you let yourself go with it, you could really feel lost in the moment of it all. Not only that but generously the Swans gave all you could want. I felt pretty exhausted by the end. I can only imagine how the band felt.

If you've not seen the Swans perform live and are into a being part of a real experience, it is a must.

Written by William Riever, 2012-11-26