Michael Gira has announced (via Facebook) that his legendary outfit, Swans, will release a new live album. The record, entitled The Gate, will act as a fundraiser for a new studio record and Gira has also stated that this will be the last record and tour from this iteration of the band…so catch them while you can!

Here is Gira’s full statement:

Just got home comatose after finishing up the final leg of our 14 month tour for Swans To Be Kind album. We have come to your town, though its doubtful we partied down. It has been a privilege to be inside the sound that on some nights seems to create itself of its own accord, and it’s gratifying that many of you have conveyed to us that it’s been a positive experience for you too…next step: Sept 1 we commence a new Swans album. This will be the final Swans album (and subsequent tour) for this iteration of Swans. Not really sure what the next step will be after that, but that’s perhaps a good thing. We’ll be making a live album/fundraiser (called The Gate) soon, in order to raise the necessary - somewhat daunting - capital for the studio album, which is bound to be an insatiable beast…more soon, thanks and love! – Michael Gira

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