Raised By Swans

Raised by Swans
Origin London, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie Rock, shoegazing
Years active 1998 (1998)–present
Labels 1101
Members Eric Howden
Alex Wright
Andy Magoffin
Brady Parr

Raised by Swans is a Canadian indie rock band built around the haunting,[1] contemplative[2] songs of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Howden, who founded the band in 1998. The name Raised By Swans was inspired by a cathartic dream Howden had after leaving his previous band The Gandharvas, and relies on the use of a homonym (‘raise’: to rear; to elevate[3]) to simultaneously convey a sense of both connection and freedom.[4]

'Raised By Swans' is essentially the alter ego of Howden, who composes the band's songs using a multi-track recorder, guitar, bass, drum machine, and keyboard, meticulously writing all parts for all instruments, as well as all the lyrics.[5][6] This process contributes to the relatively slow recording and release pace of the band.[7]


Raised By Swans' first two full-length studio albums (Codes and Secret Longing, 2005, and No Ghostless Place, 2010) were recorded, mixed and mastered at Andy Magoffin's House of Miracles studio, then located in London, ON. The studio has since moved to Cambridge, ON.[8] Their third studio album is set to be recorded in 2013.[9]

Raised By Swans released the single 'Sightings'[10] on July 19, 2013, through Bandcamp exclusively.[11] The song was written and recorded by Howden following a trip to Berlin, Germany in 2012.[12]


Raised By Swans' song 'Violet Light' is featured in Douglas Coupland's film Everything's Gone Green.[13]

Armenian-Canadian film director Atom Egoyan is a fan of the band,[14] and has included its songs in two of his films. Three songs from Codes and Secret Longing are featured in Adoration (2008), and two songs from No Ghostless Place appear in Chloe (2010). The band also plays itself in Chloe, performing sections of ‘We Were Never Young’ and ‘Longer Shadows, Shorter Days’ live at The Rivoli in Toronto, Ontario.[15]

Band members (live performance)


External links

  • Raised by Swans official website
  • Myspace

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