Swans is an American experimental rock band formed in 1982 by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. One of the few acts to emerge from the New York City-based no wave scene and stay intact into the next decade, Swans have become recognized for an ever-changing sound, exploring genres such as noise rock, post-punk, industrial and post-rock. Initially, their music was known for its sonic brutality.

In 2010, Gira re-formed the band establishing a stable lineup of musicians which has toured worldwide and released four albums to critical acclaim. This iteration of the group performed its last shows in November 2017, ending the tour in support of its final album The Glowing Man. Since 2019, Gira has been touring and recording with Swans as “a revolving cast of contributors”. The band’s latest album, Leaving Meaning, was released on October 25, 2019. Since 1990, all Swans records have been released through Gira’s own label, Young God Records.

Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since Michael Gira dissolved the line up of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 until 2017. Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what he intuits best suits the atmosphere in which Michael would like to see the songs he has written presented. In collaboration with Michael Gira, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material.