Swans is an American experimental rock band originally active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer,
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.
The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York
no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade.
In 2010, Gira reformed Swans.
New York City, United States
Experimental rock, no wave, post-punk, noise rock, industrial, gothic rock, art rock, post-rock
Akron/Family, Angels of Light, Jarboe, World of Skin
Gira states he took the moniker Swans as it described the sound he wanted best.
"Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments."
Michael Gira -
guitar, vocals (1982-1997, 2010-present)
Christoph Hahn -
guitar (1988-1991, 2010-present)
Thor Harris -
drums, percussion, vibes, dulcimer, keyboards (2010-present)
Chris Pravdica -
bass guitar (2010-present)
Phil Puleo -
drums, percussion, dulcimer (1995-1997, 2010-present)
Norman Westberg -
guitar (1983-1995, 2010-present)
Dan Braun - bass (1982)
Bill Bronson - bass (1995-1997)
Harry Crosby - bass (1983-1984)
Daniel Galli-Duani - saxophone (1982)
Ronaldo Gonzalez - drums (1986-1987)
Sue Hanel - guitar (1982)
Jarboe - keyboard, vocals, piano (1984-1997, 2012)
Jonathan Kane - drums (1982-1983)
Algis Kizys - bass (1986-1995)
Mojo - percussion, tape loops (1982)
Thurston Moore - bass (1982)
Roli Mosimann - drums (1983-1984)
Ivan Nahem - drums (1982, 1986)
Ted Parsons - drums (1985-1987)
Bob Pezzola - drums (1982-1983)
Vinnie Signorelli - drums (1991-1992)
Clint Steele - guitar (1990-1997)
Jon Tessler - bass, percussion, tape loops (1982)
Jenny Wade - bass (1991)