As the rain and winds grew heavy throughout the Boston, a small crowd gathered on the floor of Northeastern's AfterHOURS entertainment venue. Contrasting the advancing storm and city clamor were a set of sedated tunes that whined and whirred throughout the locale as if possessed by an ethereal presence. Grouper, the solo project of Portland-based musician/artist Liz Harris, had once again brought her creative talents to the Northeast.
Once a heaving, fractured and abrasive group of bone-crushing bass and drums, Swans brought a collision of art and nihilism to the scuzzy filth of New York's No Wave scene. Swans consistently blurred the lines of experimental music; graciously exploring the boundaries of gothic, noise, and even ambient music.
1966 was a historic year for music, indeed. Just a few months before The Beatles' Revolver took over the charts, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds enjoyed a spot on Billboard's "Top LPs" chart for 39 weeks, peaking at #10 in July. Yet critical acclaim for the album would not take off for years.