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Altmusic Presents: Pete Swanson New Zealand Tour

Altmusic Presents: Pete Swanson New Zealand Tour

Monday 11th June, 2012 12:38PM

The Audio Foundation have revealed their second international touring artist in their Altmusic series for 2012. Pete Swanson is the man, hailing from Portland he's probably best known for his former Yellow Swans project. He released a new EP earlier this year titled Man With Potential summed up best by his label, Type Records, as a 'crushing collision of noise and industrial techno'.

You can listen to the EP in full below but first up here's where and when you can catch him...

Altmusic Presents: Pete Swanson

Friday 10th August, Physics Room w/ Gate
Saturday 11th August, Chicks Hotel w/ Peter Wright and Kilmore Girls
Saturday 18th August, Bodega w/ Our Love Will Destroy The World
Wednesday 22nd August,Whammy Bar w/ All Seeing Hand

Tickets for all shows on sale now from HERE at Undertheradar.

Press Release:

Altmusic is proud to present Pete Swanson (US) as part of Altmusic's programme of exciting & innovative international musicians touring New Zealand in 2012.

Pete Swanson is an electronic multi-instrumentalist based in Oregan (US). A veteran of form-destroying psych/noise punks Yellow Swans as well as collaborations with The Skaters and Grey Daturas - Swanson's solo album Man With Potential has been hailed as a masterpiece of noise-infused post-techno; wrought from wild improvised heavy electronic pulses and crystalline, immersive textures. His recent work offers a skull-crushing alternative to dancey beats – let your mind get squashed and then elevated to an astral plane via Swanson's psychedelic whirlpools of sound.

“(Swanson's) grounding in noise and the extremes of punk comes across in the physical presence of his music... You have to first consent to being crushed by the sheer force and weight of it before you can get close enough to glimpse its glorious detail, and to discern the stories being told.' - Factmag

'It might sound paradoxical, but there really is a meditative aspect to Swanson's flying noise... Pete Swanson's ability to encompass many sounds and moods knows few bounds, if any.' - Pitchfork

Pete Swanson's extensive discography dates back to his 90's work with hardcore punk groups Murder and Asspasm, spending much of the 00's with Yellow Swans – collaborating and releasing with numerous artists including NZ's Birchville Cat Motel. His recent solo releases include Man With Potential (Type records, 2011), and I Don't Rock At All (Three Lobed Recordings, 2011). This will be Swanson's first solo tour of NZ.

For Swanson's Auckland performance he will be supported by Wellington-based pyrotechnic turntables/drums/vox combo All Seeing Hand.

Tour info

Christchurch - Friday 10th August at Physics Room with Gate, 8pm, $10
Dunedin - Sat 11th August at Chicks Hotel with Peter Wright and Kilmore Girls, 8pm, $10
Wellington - Sat 18th August at Bodega with Our Love Will Destroy The World, 8pm, $10
Auckland - Wed 22nd August at Whammy Bar with All Seeing Hand, 9pm, $10

Altmusic is a programme administered by the Audio Foundation.


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Fri 10th Aug
The Physics Room, Christchurch
Sat 11th Aug
Chicks Hotel , Port Chalmers
Sat 18th Aug
Bodega, Wellington
Wed 22nd Aug
The Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar, Auckland

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