Swans: POSTPONED

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Swans: POSTPONED

When an interviewer asked Michael Gira in 2006 if he'd consider reforming his iconic '80s dirge-rock outfit Swans, the answer was emphatic: "Absolutely not, never." Four years later, he was eating his words, and doing it very loudly. This is no soft-focus nostalgia trip: the reformed Swans have proved every bit as crushing as their earlier incarnations, as testified to by last year's My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky. If recent live shows are anything to go by, they also haven't lost their appetite for shutting off the venue's air conditioning before taking to the stage, so expect to get sweaty. The band's current line-up features Gira alongside original guitarist Norman Westberg and members of his post-Swans group, the country-tinged Angels of Light, though vocalist-keyboardist Jarboe is notably absent. As a sonic palliative to the main act, the support slot on their first Japan tour in 20 years is filled by James Blackshaw, a 12-string guitarist who taps the musical legacy of John Fahey and Robbie Basho. (Blackshaw also gets a gig of his own on Friday.)