A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Good things come to those who wait.
Thirty-three years after Swans‘ formation, the notoriously loud experimental rock band is finally touching down in Portland for an appearance tonight at Port City Music Hall. Earplugs are advised; headbanging is discouraged.
In 2015, the lineup is drastically different (founder Michael Gira is the lone remaining element from the band’s earliest days) and song selections are culled almost exclusively from newly written material or its three most recent albums — recordings that occurred after a 13-year hiatus ended in 2010.
But that’s not a bad thing. Two of its most recent albums were included in Pitchfork’s recent list of the Top 100 albums of the decade (so far).
Tonight’s show is the starting point for the second leg of a North American tour in support of their most recent album, To Be Kind. Since May, the band has played more than 50 dates in four continents, most recently in Beijing on Feb. 4. The band is currently booked through July, including another lengthy stint in Europe.
Swans are joined by Xylouris White. There is no local opener.
9 p.m./504 Congress St./$22
Also, here’s 27 well-spent minutes: