Swans (EP)

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EP (12") by Swans
Released 1982
1990 (remastered and reissued - appended to Filth reissue)
Genre No wave, post-punk
Length 19:23
Label Labor, Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Swans [EP]
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Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Swans is an EP released in 1982, the first release by the experimental rock band Swans.

Although rooted in the no wave scene and different from Swans' forthcoming releases in its prominent use of a saxophonist and relative absence of brutality, the EP remains an intense listen, demonstrating the early stages in the evolution of the violent, repetitious and noisy style that Swans' earlier releases would become known for.

The EP was re-EQ'd by M. Gira and S. McAllister, remastered, and appended to the 1990 reissue of the follow-up Filth LP on Gira's own Young God label. On the reissue CD the tracks are in a different order; the tracks on each side of the EP are reversed.

The 1990 Filth CD on which the EP was reissued is long out of print. Although Filth was reissued again by Young God in 1999 the EP was not included there, nor has it appeared on any subsequent Young God Records reissue.


All songs written by Michael Gira.

Original vinyl track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Laugh"   4:06
2. "Speak"   4:31
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Take Advantage"   4:29
2. "Sensitive Skin"   6:16

CD reissue track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Speak"   4:31
2. "Laugh"   4:06
3. "Sensitive Skin"   6:16
4. "Take Advantage"   4:29


  • Michael Gira – bass/vocals
  • Jonathan Kane – drums
  • Bob Pezzola - guitar
  • Daniel Galli-Duani - saxophone


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Swans". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013.