Frontman Michael Gira to create personalised music for investors
US band Swans have offered to write a personalised song for anybody willing to contribute money toward the recording of their next album.
Michael Gira, frontman of the band who achieved critical acclaim for their 2012 album ‘The Seer’, will fund its follow up with fan money raised primarily through the sale of live album ‘Not Here/Not Now’. The album is a recording of the band’s current live show which consists of material taken from ‘The Seer’ as well as new songs, recorded versions of which will appear on the next studio album.
In addition to the live album, fans have the opportunity to invest more heavily and get different things in return. A post on the group’s record label website confirms that for £312 ($500) Gira will write an acoustic song with the “customers'” name in the song, praising that person individually, “his or her ancestors, thoughts, dreams, and future or past lives, forever.” Additionally, for £62 ($100) investors will receive an executive producer credit on the album while £124 ($200) will buy you VIP access and a meet and greet with the band at an upcoming live show of your choice.
Writing on Facebook about his plan, Michael Gira wrote: “The members of Swans are now in the welcome bosom of the desert at the Sonic Ranch studios near El Paso, Texas. Made possible through your involvement, the new (as yet untitled) album will hopefully provide an escalator that leads directly into the open and hungry maw of the glittering firmament that awaits us all. “
Swans have raised money this way before, resulting in the release of live albums ‘I’m Not Insane’ and ‘We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head’.