Red Swan

Red Swan

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"These Michiganders are the most entertaining new pigfuckers in years anyway... they've got a real knack for building downturned fuzz riffs into a dragging-corpse-through dense-forest wearing-muddy -boots-with-holes-in-soles rhythm that actually moves." (C. Eddy -Village Voice)

Biography

Red Swan formed in Lansing Michigan in the Fall of 2002. The initial premise was to emulate swamp rock greats such as The Birthday Party or The U-Men. But as with most things, it became a band unto itself. The music focused itself on rural darkness of the North.
Red Swan's first 7" Michigan Blood Games (recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios) and the followup full length After the Barn Goes (recorded by Bill Skibbe at Key Club Studios) found critical success in publications such as Punk Planet, Detroit's Metro Times, and The Village Voice. From the Village Voice review: "[Red Swan's] ot a real knack for building downturned fuzz riffs into a dragging-corpse-through-dense-forest-wearing-muddy-boots-
with-holes- in-soles rhythm that actually moves. Guitar plasma's all over the top, or spoken staccato resembling some Sonic Youth car-crash oldie." (Chuck Eddie Village Voice March 10-16 2004). After the Barn Goes was also awarded a place in their annual Pazz & Jop best of 2004.
2005 found a lineup change as original guitarist Jon Christensen returned to school for post grad work. Andrew Lucas, a long time friend of the band more than filled the role for Red Swan's second full length, Cold Winter's Dawn. Cold Winter introduced a darker, denser sound. Cale Sauter of The Lansing City Pulse wrote of it, "the song-writing actually stumbles upon some musical beauty. It's one of the richest and fullest recordings from a Lansing act in any genre. Tossing aside some of the dissonance in favor of psychedelia, Red Swan delves into something wholly original that seems to mate the most adventurous rock of the late 60's with some of the doomiest metal sounds of the 00's."
All the while Red Swan has maintained a steady touring schedule playing throughout the United States and Canada with bands such as US Maple, Easy Action, Dalek, and countless others.
With the demise of their label, Red Swan is currently looking for a new home. Until then, they are working on material for their next release, due out sometime in 2007. It's tenatively titled "Fearsome Creatures from the Lumber Woods" based off of a turn of the century beastiopedia of the same title.

Lyrics

You Son Of A Bitch, You Stole My Woman, Now I'm Gunna Burn Down Your Christmas Tree Farm

Written By: Tom Muth

I got some matches and a gasoline rag,
I got a Lucky with a couple of drags,
I got a mauser with some ammo to boot,
I've left a trail that'll dry up soon,
Killin' all them squirrels and coons,
Tonite we set these woods on fire,
Watch the flames 'til they burn the sky
Fill the knotholes full of kerosene
Drive the sparrows from their woodland homes.

I got this forest doused around in kerosene and gasoline
I got a still in a water mill where I make my Ingham County bogwater swill,
I got a lab in an old wood lot, where I make some shit from the fungus rot,
I know a place where the wood is dry and the flames and the fire can reach the sky.

A centipede, A lightning bug,
Lover's carvings on a birch wood log
Dirty boots in the trunk of my car,
Axe's, Shovels an Electric Guitar,
Side-steps, a '68 Dart,
Goin' up, tonite around dark.

I got this forest doused around in kerosene and gasoline
I got a still in a water mill where I make my Ingham County bogwater swill,
I got a lab in an old wood lot, where I make some shit from the fungus rot,
I know a place where the wood is dry and the flames and the fire can reach the sky.

What Really Happened Out at Rose Lake

Written By: Tom Muth

In early june,
On a blood red moon,
Evan and me was out catchin' frogs
In the woods and the logs,
By the rose lake bogs.
When the air got still,
And the stars went out,
And all them little critters,
Quit their rustlin' about.
And out on that lake,
On that dead calm lake,
We saw that Red Swan,
Eat a three foot snake.

Ev' said. "Jesus Christ, whats that?!"
And that snake hit the water with a three foot splat.
I gave my daisy four good pumps,
And shot that lil' fucker in the back of the head.
We fished him from those rose lake reeds.
He was out cold but his lungs still breathed.
So we put 'em in a sack, in a frog catchin' sack.
And took 'em to my Chevy and threw 'em in the back.

So get my poison, grab my gun.
Call the boys and lets have some fun.
Got ol' red swan tied up in the back,
His feets been bound, hes got a broken back.
Hes been like that for fourteen days,
Gunna kill 'em tonite in fourteen ways.

Discography

Michigan Blood Games 7"
Recorded December 2002 at Electrical Audio Studios, Chicago IL. Engineered by Steve Albini.
Mixed January of 2003 at Electrical Audio Studios, Chicago IL. Mixed by Steve Albini and Red Swan.

After the Barn Goes CD
Recorded May 2003 at Key Club Studios, Benton Harbor MI by Bill Skibbe. Mixed September 2003 at Electrical Audio by Red Swan

Cold Winters Dawn CD
Recorded & Mixed 2004-2005 at Key Club Studios, Benton Harbor MI by Bill Skibbe.

Set List

approx. 30-35 minutes
All original material.