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31 May, 2009

Wild Swans Live in Liverpool update

Just a quick update on the two nights that The Wild Swans are playing in Liverpool at the end of July (see previous news item below). Tickets have been selling at an exceedingly brisk pace and we're told that quite a lot of people are coming on both nights. A few people have been asking us about merchandise and, although these events aren't being organised by Occultation but by The Wild Swans camp themselves, we enquired and were told that there are plans for at least some items, although as always the emphasis will be on quality rather than quantity. So there should be t-shirts, a selection of badges, possibly posters and perhaps – just perhaps – there might be something exclusive and extremely limited made exclusively for these events. Then naturally copies of both Occultation singles will be available and there'll hopefully be an opportunity for anyone who wants to get their copies signed by other members of the band to gain satisfaction in this respect.

No, before you ask, we don't know exactly what the band's set-list will comprise but usually reliable sources close to the band have been hinting that, as well as a number of tracks from the forthcoming album The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years which Occultation hope to release later this year, they'll be performing a number of classics drawn both from the early Revolutionary Spirit period covered by Renascent's excellent Incandescent double CD set and from the Sire era that spawned the two superlative albums collected with 'b' sides and demos on the Korova Magnitude double a couple of years ago. We did also hear a rumour that there might be "the odd surprise" as well. Not entirely sure what that might mean...

Anyway, if there's anyone out there who's thinking of going to these very special events and hasn't yet booked their tickets then we'd very seriously advise you not to wait too long. Although we do hope that there'll be more Wild Swans performances to follow, given the kind of organisational work that's involved it's unlikely that these will be frequent. Remember, this is a band whose whole career – if you can call it that – has been about taking what Robert Frost called "the road less travelled by" so don't expect them to turn up in a tent of whatever size in a field somewhere or other any time this summer. See them now, when they're absolutely on fire, or forever grind your teeth.

21 May, 2009

The Wild Swans – Live In Liverpool July 2009

Some exciting news just in from the Wild Swans camp:

The Wild Swans – Live in Liverpool Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2009

The waiting is over. After a 21-year absence, The Wild Swans will play two exclusive gigs at Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane in Liverpool on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2009.

Static is a small, intimate venue and as such tickets are limited to 200 for each night which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available for sale now at £15.00 each from:

Tickets will also be on sale at Static, Liverpool (0151 707 0770 and Probe, Liverpool (0151 708 8815 from 1st June 2009 (if there any left by then)

This will be a very, very special event at which the band will showcase songs from their forthcoming album The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years and play classics from their repertoire.

08 May, 2009

This weekend

We've got to go away for a couple of days this weekend – I will take a computer with me so will check in for any orders and send out links to MP3s when I can. Back on Tuesday evening in any case and vinyl orders will be sent out next week as normal. But if you do place an order and don't get your MP3 links immediately don't worry, they will arrive.

Incidentally, we hope to have some fairly exciting Wild Swans-related news to announce before too much longer... Not allowed to say any more than that at the moment.

02 May, 2009

Wild Swans in MOJO’s “Working” section

The new issue of MOJO magazine (no. 187, June 2009) features a piece on the Wild Swans in the "Working" section, which covers albums that are currently in various pipelines. We hope to release The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years on Occultation later this year.

There's a scan of the article on the Press page but the full text is reproduced below:


The Wild Swans

Title: The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years

Producer: The Wild Swans

Release date: TBC

Songs: Dark Times, English Electric Lightning, The Wickedest Man In The World

The Buzz: "It's my greatest regret that the original Wild Swans broke up," says Paul Simpson, creative force behind the band, whose Revolutionary Spirit was one of the great songs of early '80s Liverpool. "So this is unfinished business for me." Sticking to their incandescent, heroic sound of yore, the album's being recorded on Anglesey and at Liverpool's Parr Street studios with original keyboardist Gerard Quinn, and new members Mike Mooney and Ricky Maymi. "Up until now it's been about memory, but the political content's been upped," says Simpson. "I'm sick of music that doesn't have much emotional content."