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Swans - 82% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
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Like many early 80s American bands determined to stretch the boundaries of musical cacophony, the Swans were drawn to the thriving New York underground that also produced Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Lydia Lunch and Sonic Youth. Although the band endured numerous line-up changes, the Swans always centred on Michael Gira (1954, California, USA; bass/vocals) and, from 1986’s G Read more

Esben And The Witch - 39% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Wire - 38% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Lydia Lunch - 30% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Documentaries Drama Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Sci-Fi / Fantasy
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Lydia Koch, 2 June 1959, Rochester, New York, USA. The provocative Lydia Lunch was a pivotal figure in New York’s ‘no wave’ scene of the late 70s and has worked with an array of talent since then. After spells with Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and Beirut Slump (the latter were restricted to one US single, ‘Try Me’), Lunch opted for the freedom of solo Read more

Current 93 - 28% match to The Swans

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Folk Pop / Rock
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Current 93 - a name derived from the writings of Aleister Crowley is the brainchild of David Tibet (David Michael Bunting, 5 March 1960, Batu Gajah, Malaysia) with assistance from fellow English maverick Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound). Tibet launched the name in 1983 with Lashtal, an EP issued on the Belgian label, Laylah. The slow trance-like drum patterns, droning elec Read more

Godflesh - 23% match to The Swans

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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The Godflesh partnership was inaugurated by Justin Broadrick (guitar/vocals) and G. Christian Green (bass) in 1988, when the former left the venerated (by UK radio presenter John Peel, at least) hardcore industrial trio, Head Of David. Green had formerly served time in industrialists Fall Of Because, and Godflesh were completed by the addition of a drum machine. A self-titled E Read more

James Blackshaw - 22% match to The Swans

Genres: Folk
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London-born musician James Blackshaw demonstrated a prodigious talent on the 12-string guitar at a very young age. Though he was only 22 at the time of the release of his debut, CELESTE, critics were already comparing him to acoustic guitar icons like John Fahey and particularly that other noted 12-string master, Robbie Basho. Though Blackshaw’s deft fingerpicking and eeri Read more

Killing Joke - 22% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts
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This immensely powerful post-punk UK band made their name through the combination of a furious rhythm section with near-psychotic performances from Jaz Coleman (Jeremy Coleman, 26 February 1960, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England; vocals/keyboards). The band came about when Coleman, of Egyptian descent, was introduced to Paul Ferguson, then drumming for the Matt Stagger Ba Read more

Roky Erickson - 20% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Roger Kynard Erickson, 15 July 1947, Dallas, Texas, USA. Erickson came to the fore in the infamous 13th Floor Elevators. He composed ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, the band’s most popular single, while his feverish voice and exciting guitar work provided a distinctive edge. This influential unit broke up in disarray during 1968 as Erickson began missing gigs. Ar Read more

The Fall - 20% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Formed in Manchester, England, in 1977, the Fall is the brainchild of the mercurial Mark E. Smith (Mark Edward Smith, 5 March 1957, Salford, Lancashire, England). Over the years, Smith has ruthlessly utilised a battalion of musicians while taking the band on a personal odyssey defined by his wayward musical and lyrical excursions. His truculent press proclamations, by turns Read more

Scout Niblett - 19% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Emma Louise Niblett, 29 September 1973, Staffordshire, England. This UK artist carved out a niche market in her homeland during the early years of the new millennium, crafting a series of intense albums that revealed a songwriting depth lacking in many of her contemporaries. Read more

Trembling Bells - 19% match to The Swans

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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Nico - 18% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals Documentaries
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Oneida - 18% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Taking their name from the native American tribe that once controlled the land that is now within the New York state area, Oneida literally translates as ‘people of the rock’, something the band wholeheartedly endorse. Formed by Papa Crazee aka PCRZ (vocals/guitar), Bobby Matador (keyboards), Kid Millions (drums), and Hanoi Jane (bass), the band was described by certa Read more

Richard Youngs - 18% match to The Swans

Genres: Pop / Rock Jazz New Age Country & Bluegrass
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29 May 1966, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England. The reclusive multi-instrumentalist Richard Youngs is one of the most original artists to emerge on the UK music scene for quite some time. Youngs is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and in addition to his musical outpourings is also a part-time librarian and vegetarian cooking columnist. To gain some comprehension of the reasoning Read more

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