Yellow Swans

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Yellow Swans
Yellow Swans performing in Montreal, 2005; Gabriel Mindel Saloman (left) and Pete Swanson (right)
Yellow Swans performing in Montreal, 2005; Gabriel Mindel Saloman (left) and Pete Swanson (right)
Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
Years active2001–2008
MembersPete Swanson
Gabriel Mindel Saloman

Yellow Swans were an American experimental music band from Portland, Oregon. The duo were renowned for their improvisational approach to noise music, creating a unique experience for each live performance. They described their music as "a constantly evolving mass of psychedelic noise that is both physically arresting and psychically liberating". The band consisted of Pete Swanson (vocals, drum machine, electronics) and Gabriel Mindel Saloman (guitar, feedback, electronics). The band announced their split in April 2008.


The duo formed in Portland, Oregon in 2001. From here they established their own collective art label, JYRK where the band self-released several CD-Rs and cassettes of their music. The JYRK collective also included E*Rock and sometimes Pat Maherr (Sisprum Vish, Indignant Senility, DJ Yo-Yo Dieting). With frequent touring and shows with artists including Tussle, Xiu Xiu and Japanther, the duo moved to Oakland, California for two years. In 2003, they recorded their debut album, Bring The Neon War Home, and continued to tour across the USA.

Their debut album garnered much recognition and soon the band were invited to perform shows across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In October 2005, Numerical Thief, a Melbourne-based label, debuted the release of the band's second studio album, Psychic Secession. It was later re-mastered and released on LOAD Records the same year, and then released on 12" vinyl by Weird Forest in 2006.

Throughout their existence, the duo used the moniker of D Yellow Swans, where the "D" can be substituted for any word beginning with the letter. This began as a joke when the band formed, and became "a fun take on anti-branding...[it's] not really meant to be elitist though".[1] They used several different names over the past six years, as can be seen in their discography, but are most commonly referred to as simply Yellow Swans.

In April 2008, Pete Swanson announced the band's break up. In an email to Pitchfork Media, Swanson stated "There are no specific reasons why we've come to this point, but both Gabriel [Mindel Saloman] and I have decided that it's in our best interest to move on from the project. Neither of us have any intention to stop playing music anytime soon, but we will not be playing or performing with each other again."[2] The group played their last US show in the city of Chicago.



  • Gnrl Motor Skills/PA Swans CD-R
  • Live at Kimo's CD-R (Self released)
  • Ded Yellow Swans CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Ded Yellow Swans
  • Free CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Detained Yellow Swans
  • Manik Tiks CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Disk Yellow Swans
  • EPX CD-R (Self released)
  • PDX TRPX CD-R (Self released)


  • Deep Yellow Swans CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Deep Yellow Swans
  • Duh Yellow Swans CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Duh Yellow Swans
  • Detestifi Yellow Swans CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Detestifi Yellow Swans
  • Against Sleep And Nightmare CD-R (Collective Jyrk) as Dyad Yellow Swans
  • Business Card CD-R (Das Fort) - as Decapitation Yellow Swans
  • Yellow Swans CD-R (Self released)
  • Live From Men's And Women's Bathrooms, The Placebo, Arcata, CA 3" CD-R (Tape Mountain/Jyrk/Deathbombarc) - with Gang Wizard
  • Die Yellow Swans/John Wiese Split 7" (Collective Jyrk/Helicopter)
  • Dreamed Yellow Swans 12" (Collective Jyrk) - as Dreamed Yellow Swans


  • Bring The Neon War Home CD (Narnack Records)
  • Drill Yellow Swans CD-R (SNSE Records) - as Drill Yellow Swans
  • Basement Ghost 7" (Helicopter) - with John Wiese
  • Live In The Police State Capitol 12" (Weird Forest) - as Demos Yellow Swans


  • Live During War Crimes CD (Release the Bats) - as Dove Yellow Swans
  • Drowning Yellow Swans & Jim Altieri CD-R (Carbon) - as Drowning Yellow Swans
  • Drowned Yellow Swans 3" CD-R (Chondritic Sound ) - as Drowned Yellow Swans
  • Yeh Yellow Swans 3" CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - as Yeh Yellow Swans
  • Yellow Swans/Axolotl CD-R (Collective Jyrk)
  • Yellow Swans/Axolotl/Gerritt CD-R (Collective Jyrk)
  • Copper/Silver 2xCD-R (Collective Jyrk) - with Grey Daturas
  • Humming Lattice Flowers CD-R (Collective Jyrk) - with Skaters
  • Australian Tour EP CD-R (Heathen Skulls) - with Grey Daturas
  • Live 5-6-04 US Tour aka: War CD-R (Hung Like A Horse?!) - as Demonic Yellow Swans
  • Psychic Secession CD (Numerical Thief/LOAD Records)
  • Dreamed Yellow Swans CD (PACrec110/Deleted Art) - as Dreamed Yellow Swans
  • Live at Camp Blood CD (Troniks) - with The Cherry Point
  • Doorendoorslechte Yellow Swans 3" CD (Ultra Eczema) - as Doorendoorslechte Yellow Swans
  • Draught Yellow Swans 7" (Deathbombarc) - as Draught Yellow Swans
  • Against Sleep And Nightmare 12" (Weird Forest) - as Dyad Yellow Swans


  • Drift Yellow Swans CD (Acuarela) - as Drift Yellow Swans
  • Live At Sound & Fury CD-R (Sound & Fury Records)
  • They Do Not Always Remember CD (Oedipus Records) - with Moth Drakula
  • Live During War Crimes Vol.II CD (Release the Bats) - as Dove Yellow Swans
  • Global Clone CD (PacRec) - as Doubled Yellow Swans
  • Yellow Swans/Birchville Cat Motel CD (Important)
  • Drift Yellow Swans 12" (Root Strata) - as Drift Yellow Swans
  • Psychic Secession 2x12" (Weird Forest)
  • Copper/Silver 2x12" (Olde English Spelling Bee) - with Grey Daturas
  • Yellow Swans/Devillock Split 7" (Modern Radio)


  • Yellow Swans/Warmth Split 7" (DNT Records)
  • Descension Yellow Swans 12" (Three Lobed Recordings) - as Descension Yellow Swans
  • Descension Yellow Swans CD (Acuarela) - as Descension Yellow Swans
  • Drowner Yellow Swans cassette (Tape Room) - as Drowner Yellow Swans
  • Yellow Swans/Robedoor Split 7" (Arbor)
  • Yellow Swans/Goslings Split 7" (Not Not Fun)
  • At All Ends CD (Load)
  • Mort Aux Vaches (Staalplaat)


  • Going Places (Type) - Announced as the final Yellow Swans album
  • Being There (Type) - Going Places bonus CD, only available through limited edition vinyl of Going Places.


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