American rock band, which had a great influence on the alternative rock scene. The only constant participant was a musician Michael Gira, since 1984, the group joined the vocalist and keyboardist Jarboe. The Swans started out as a post-punk and subsequently constantly experimenting with sound. Early albums relate to noise rock and no wave, for later characterized by a calm music, an important role which is played acoustic instruments. The band broke up in 1997, in 2010, announced the re-establishment of Swans.