Curated by NYC experimental music god Michael Gira, Swans was one of the most influential bands to never quite break out of the ’80s underground. The band released 11 full-length albums, plus a ton of singles, EPs, and other releases during its original 15-year run as a band. Its abrasive contributions to the no-wave scene that developed in the early ’80s have endured, thanks to a cultish base of fans with proper Internet access. Swans’ harsh, creepy sound remains weirdly relevant for that of a band that functioned primarily during the Reagan-Bush years. Swans released their first proper LP in 14 years last fall, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky—a moaning, soaring, death-folk drone that incorporates members and methods from Gira’s interim project, Angels Of Light, while refining and focusing Swans’ apocalyptic crush.