ANYTHING FOR YOU: A TRIBUTE TO THE ART OF SWANS (working title)
So yeah you may or may not have been hearing about me talking about this for the past few days, but I figured I should make one big masterpost about this. Basically I’m putting together a compilation of Swans cover songs by various artists designed as a ‘thank you’ to the band and all their collaborators for their contribution to the weirdest fringes of the musical landscape over the years. I don’t think anything’s been done like this before, but either way I’d just like to put it together as a bit of fun.
The idea is simple: cover a song from Swans’ vast discography. Send it to me, and it’ll be included on the compilation.
How do I get involved?
Contact me at email@example.com with what song you’re covering, what style/genre, and preferably any material you have online or available to listen to.
What should I cover?
Anything from the Swans’ discography, though we have a couple of people covering M. Gira solo stuff as well as Angels of Light songs, if you’re covering from one of their side-projects, let me know. While those projects deserve people’s attention too, I want to keep this a mostly Swans-oriented affair. Take a look at the covers list below and make you’re not covering something that another artist has already covered, by the way! It’s also important to remember how cover songs by Swans themselves are usually pretty different to the originals, and how their own songs evolve into completely different variations live. So yeah, I’d advise not to do carbon copies of the original songs. Be weird and creative!
When do I have to have a cover finished by?
The deadline is March 14th. Don’t be put off by that however, if you want to get involved, but can’t meet that deadline, I can make a few exceptions. It’s pretty flexible, but try to treat the above as a proper deadline.
What do I do once I’ve finished?
Send me a lossless file of your completed cover to the above email address (as an attachment or uploaded somewhere), then relax.
How do you plan to release this?
My initial plan was to release this online-only, though the response I’ve received from this project was pretty hype, so I’m going to try and press a limited run of CDs. That may or may not happen though. Either way, the record will definitely be available online for pay what you want download via CHVRCHDVST Records.
I have no musical talent, can I still get involved?
Yes. Contact me if you’re interested in some kind of artistic collaboration or whatever. I want to get as many people involved as possible.
Below is the cover of artists that have confirmed to be on the split/am currently in correspondence with. If you’re on the list but not confirmed, make sure to confirm with me that you’re definitely on board. I’ll update this post with new artists being added
Planning For Burial - You’re Not Real, Girl [CONFIRMED]
Vuota - Stay Here [CONFIRMED]
Ambersmoke - Yum Yab Killers [CONFIRMED]
Anthracite - Destroyer [CONFIRMED]
The Snake Armed Man - Song For A Warrior [CONFIRMED]
Huffers - My Birth [MAYBE]
Ragged Veins - Coward [CONFIRMED]
Veillon - I Am The Sun
Jesu - ??? [MAYBE]
Aural Bile - Freak [CONFIRMED]
Life In Slow Motion - Helpless Child [CONFIRMED]
Drainland - Your Property [MAYBE]
SYLPHAE - “Your Hand Was Under My Skin” [CONFIRMED]
The Neon Crisis - ???
i do not love. - Better Than You [CONFIRMED]
Clean Sheets - Celebrity Lifestyle [CONFIRMED]
Sakamoto - A Screw [CONFIRMED]
Robotussin - Hypogirl [CONFIRMED]
ALGAE BLOOM - I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull
Agent Darkpupa - Untitled Love Song [CONFIRMED]
Christoffer Zimmermann - Mother of the World [CONFIRMED]
Alfheimr - The Sound [CONFIRMED]
Nailwalker - Reeling The Liars In [CONFIRMED]
Werewolf 1992 - Mother/Father
Luke Lund - Half Life
Bishie - Weakling [CONFIRMED]
Frame313 - Children of God
Zijnzijn Zijnzijn! - Alcohol The Seed [CONFIRMED]
Thanks a lot to Ben Cioban for the artwork concept.
ONE MORE THING: Anything For You is a working title. If you have any better suggestions, shoot them my way.
Reminder that the deadline for covers is in a week (March 15th), if you can’t make the deadline but still want to contribute, contact me on the email address above. Thank you.