Angels of Light

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Not to be confused with The Angels of Light (UK band).
Angels of Light
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Angels of Light (Michael Gira with Akron/Family) during a concert in Warsaw, Poland, 8 October 2005
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, folk rock,[1] alternative country
Years active 1998–2009
Labels Young God
Associated acts Akron/Family, Swans, World of Skin
Members Michael Gira

Angels of Light are an American experimental group that was formed circa 1998 by singer/guitarist Michael Gira after he disbanded Swans, the group he had founded in 1982. The band has marked a distinctly different style for Gira since he left Swans, most noticeably being musically more melodic and less brutal than his previous efforts.

Before the band was formed, Gira intended to call his post-Swans acoustic/song-based project The Pleasure Seekers. This name was discarded because there had been a group with the same name in the 1960s. The first two live performances of what would become the Angels of Light (the Tonic/Bowery Ballroom benefit shows) were billed as "Michael Gira with guests".

Angels of Light include many New York City collaborators, including Dana Schechter of Bee and Flower, Kid Congo Powers of The Cramps, Larry Mullins (aka Toby Dammit), Cassis Birgit Staudt of b-blush, Bliss Blood of The Moonlighters, Thor Harris of Shearwater, and most recently the Brooklyn band Akron/Family as well as Berlin-based Swans guitarist Christoph Hahn and freak-folk musician Devendra Banhart. Thomas Dodd played the Celtic harp in the album New Mother.[2][3]

All Angels of Light albums have been released on Michael Gira's label Young God Records.


Studio albums
Live albums
  • "Praise Your Name" (1999)


  1. ^ "Angels Of Light, The - How I Loved You". 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ "The Angels of Light "New Mother"". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Mother - Angels Of Light". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

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