In the early days of Swans, you used to be extremely physical on stage — you’d flip yourself onto your back, over and over. Was that a performative thing? Was it a way of putting you in a certain headspace?
That’s a very critical way of looking at things. “Was it intended to put you in a headspace?” No, I did it because I was in the headspace. I’m not criticizing - that’s the way you guys think. I was IN it, it happened, and you try to analyze it afterward. It’s an experiential way of making things. That might be the quintessentially American way of making art— you say you’re gonna do it, you go out and fucking do it and talk about it after. Like, if you experience a Richard Serra sculpture, you’re not there analyzing it — you’re examining your experience, your place in space. It’s a totally experiential thing.
from Michael Gira is Searching for God, Wondering Sound,May 7, 2014
Sometimes I need you naked
Sometimes I need you wild
I need you to carry my children in
Young nun before tonsure