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“AT ONE TIME I WAS EXPLODING WITH JOY OVER IT, AND THE NEXT DAY I HAD MY HEAD IN MY HANDS IN DESPAIR OVER IT”

MICHAEL GIRA IS CLOSING A CHAPTER ON THE LEGACY WITH NEW ALBUM ‘THE GLOWING MAN’. TERRORIZER SPEAKS TO HIM ABOUT THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE SWANS

The magnitude of Swans, of their importance, is simply too vast to be condensed in a couple of introductory paragraphs, and to try and do so would be a futile exercise in more ways than one. Therefore, it was with slight apprehensiveness that we received the news that new album ‘The Glowing Man’ is to be the last one for the current line-up. The group consisting of ringleader Michael, guitarists Norman Westberg (who has been an almost constant fixture since the band’s very beginning) and Christoph Hahn, percussionist Thor Harris, bassist Christopher Pravdica and drummer Phil Puleo has elevated the Swans legacy to unthinkable heights in the last few years, with ‘The Seer’ and ‘To Be Kind’ in particular two mountains of sound that we are still, to this day, fully digesting. We know, in our gut, that whatever direction Gira takes the old ship next will be still incredible – he has history enough behind him to reassure us of that. Still, it seems like a huge decision to make, and that is naturally the first item on our conversation with the famously cowboy-hatted gentleman.

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I know I am not alone when I say I’m a sucker for being nostalgic. The thing about loving music is that because it plays such a massive part in my life, when I listen to things, it invokes so many memories. I always find myself taking myself back to when I first heard said record, who I was with, what I was doing and so on. Right now as I write this, I’m listening to Prong’s ‘Force Fed’ album, recounting all the shows I saw Tommy and co in at the now defunct Birmingham Edwards No.8 club during my teens. Those shows were immense, even if the number of punters wasn’t! I’ve seen them in more recent years and still enjoy their musical output, but those early days to me, personally, were special. What has this got to do with anything, I hear you say? Well really, it’s the same reason as why I wanted to put Mastodon on the cover of this month’s issue ahead of their headline performance at Bloodstock. You see, Mastodon are one of those seriously special bands, who have not only etched themselves in my own nostalgia bank (hey, anyone who witnessed their debut capital gig at London’s Underworld supporting High On Fire will always remember that show) but more importantly, into the wider scheme of metal’s rich history. Never once have they repeated themselves musically and consequently they have successfully created a stunning discography that continues to remain vital as the years go by. Mastodon were a game changer and their Bloodstock show allows us a chance to remind ourselves just why we love them so much. In their own words, our cover feature allows the quartet look back at their career to date and look forward to the future too. Crack open a bottle, stick any of their albums on the stereo, flip to the interview and enjoy some nostalgia yourselves! Darren Sadler, Editor
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