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Get to know Giant Swan, the duo with riotous live sets and releases that match

Industrial techno meets punk in the Bristol-based artists' music

  • Words: Charlie Case | Photo: Lua Ribeira
  • 17 October 2018
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It was their friendships within Bristol’s burgeoning bass scene that really helped cement the group, though, with the Young Echo collective handing them their first show and Batu’s Timedance dropping last year’s brilliant ‘Celebrate The Last 30 Years Of Human Ego’ EP. “It was nice to have those people encourage us,” says Harry, “and show you can do weird, experimental dance music and still get some recognition.”

More recent releases have landed on the likes of Mannequin, Haunter and Whities, their records often striking a sharper, clearer sound than their live sets. But they still carry the same love for anarchic experimentation and dubbed-out, industrial techno. It’s the visceral energy that permeates both that marks Giant Swan out so distinctly. “And it’s fucking easy with the techno scene because it’s so conservative,” says Robin.

There’s a ‘fuck you’, punk attitude permeating absolutely everything Giant Swan do. But it’s a tag they’ve never actively cultivated. In fact, there’s a sense that they don’t care how anyone else views them. “I don’t need to prove myself to anyone else,” says Robin. “I just need to know that the guy I’m doing it with is into it.”

‘Whities 016’ EP is out now on Whities

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