By Scott Feemster
Swans were a band that came out of the post-punk experimentalism of the No Wave scene of New York in the late 1970's and early 80's and gradually grew into a force unto themselves. Where early recordings by the band were harsh and confrontational, the latter versions of the band where just as likely to use (loudly) ambient soundscapes and long, open arrangements to get across the intended emotion of a song. Their influence on music, and independent music in particular, is enormous, especially in the context of a band that never sold great numbers of records.
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