Two year programming residency in the Islington Mill event space
Currently docking in Bristol, UK, Giant Swan are an embryonic, shapeshifting duo who press repeat and take aim at the sun. Grabbing the necessary sounds from guitars, pedals and their own throats, Robin Stewart and Harry Wright coax raw-hearted live experiences that are constantly shifting in their stillness, bleeding between several sonic movements that both obliterate and invigorate and find them drifting away, serene and discordant, from the noise-techno bevy. Vital players within Bristol’s Howling Owl collective and with strong ties to Young Echo, Stewart and Wright formed a preteen musical alliance as part of psych guitar miscreants The Naturals: Giant Swan sees them go feral, a cross-breed of hypnotic bass, industrial percussion and disorientating noise delivered with telepathic intricacy.
Most Giant Swan live detonations to date have been in their locale, joining the likes of Vessel, Shackleton, Container, Venetian Snares and Ansome in reducing stages to rubble: now they are ready to realise their primal potential in whichever dark, hot rooms will host them.
June 2016 sees the release of their double A-side 12 on Fuck Punk records following on from their self-titled debut on Howling Owl Records, the first mighty wing beats sounded in the year of the Swan.
“Their tracks induce odd perceptual tricks through prolonged repetition. What was hitherto still becomes slippery: drones go kaleidoscopic; electricity itself dances” – Wire
“Giant Swan transmute the output of two guitars into something seismically banging” – The Quietus
“Distorted noisescapes and gorgeous, anamorphic visuals mean that no two shows are ever the same – you won’t be the same after.” Drowned In Sound
G I A N T S W A N
CHOSEN BY : FAT OUT / THE BASILICA HUDSEN & LE GUESS WHO?
PERFORMANCE DATE : FRIDAY 14TH & SATURDAY 15TH APRIL
STAGE : CAUSTIC COASTAL & THE BURROW
PERFORMANCE TIME : TBC