Angels of Light

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This article is about the folk band. For the British experimental band, see Psychic TV.
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
Years active 1998–2009
Labels Young God
Associated acts
Members Michael Gira

Angels of Light were an American folk band that was formed circa 1998 by singer-songwriter and musician 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.[7][8]

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


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


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  3. ^ Leone, Dominique (January 20, 2003). "The Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
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  5. ^ Tudor, Alexander (August 20, 2012). "Swans - The Seer". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Frowny, Guy. "Kid Congo Powers and The Pink Monkey Birds". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Angels of Light "New Mother"". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "New Mother - Angels Of Light". Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

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