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Poll Question: Which band do you prefer?
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    Posted: September 19 2020 at 07:16
I'm admittedly not overly familiar with both bands but nonetheless thought this might make an interesting poll. 
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Swans of course. I like some Mars Volta, but Swans are the best of the 21st century.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hercules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2020 at 09:44
Neither.
Both are unlistenable for me.
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The Mars Volta! Swans are also great. Aren't these two bands not really comparable at all....??
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Easiest poll ever.
Swans are a decent post-rock band.
The Mars Volta are (were) one of the greatest rock bands of the 21st century.
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TMV
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Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

Easiest poll ever.
Swans are a decent post-rock band.
The Mars Volta are (were) one of the greatest rock bands of the 21st century.

Swans get labelled post rock and I suppose they fit in a general sense but they predate that genre so I can't imagine all of their music fitting neatly into the post rock box. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2020 at 16:32
Originally posted by King of Loss King of Loss wrote:

The Mars Volta! Swans are also great. Aren't these two bands not really comparable at all....??

Anything can be compared. Wink 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2020 at 17:13
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

Easiest poll ever.
Swans are a decent post-rock band.
The Mars Volta are (were) one of the greatest rock bands of the 21st century.

Swans get labelled post rock and I suppose they fit in a general sense but they predate that genre so I can't imagine all of their music fitting neatly into the post rock box. 

They do use post rock elements, but I'd say that actually none of their work fits neatly into any other box than "Swans music". 
Seems I'm the only one who loves them here... tough luck!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote tempest_77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2020 at 00:52
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by tempest_77 tempest_77 wrote:

Easiest poll ever.
Swans are a decent post-rock band.
The Mars Volta are (were) one of the greatest rock bands of the 21st century.

Swans get labelled post rock and I suppose they fit in a general sense but they predate that genre so I can't imagine all of their music fitting neatly into the post rock box. 

Their 80s work is definitely beyond the boundaries of the genre but their 90s stuff falls fairly well within it and everything they've put out in the 2010s can be defined as post-rock.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kempokid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2020 at 01:03
These are both absolutely incredible bands to me, but TMV is in my top 3, so like, I've got to vote them
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Polymorphia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2020 at 23:19
Swans, and itís a pretty easy choice. For one, letís say all of their records were of the same quality: Swans have more of them. Then thereís the fact that, though I love the debut, most of TMVís stuff after that wasnít more than decently good for me, and they even had at least one bad album. Swans is, if nothing else, consistent, and they have more than one record that I like as much as or more than De-loused.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LakeGlade12 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2020 at 08:45
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Neither.
Both are unlistenable for me.


Same for me. Its a choice between being deeply bored/offended by SWANS or having a migrane from TMV... when I would rarther listen to modern pop chart music then they have to be seriously bad!LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2020 at 09:14
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Neither.
Both are unlistenable for me.
This. Could not care less about either.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2020 at 10:47
De-Loused has been one of my least liked album purchases, but I quite liked Frances the Mute. Swans easily for me based on the albums that I have heard by both ó- I have heard more Swans, but have not heard most of the discography. Soundtracks for the Blind I found both very long and excellent (and 1996 is one of my favourite times in music).

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A Crimson Mellotron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2020 at 11:56
I know Swans as a name but never heard the music.
The Mars Volta, on the other side, have me mesmerized every time.\
These guys must be nuts or something... Unbelievable energy in their music!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zwordser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2020 at 12:39
TMV, though I haven't heard all of the output of either band.  DeLoused and FTM are just too great of albums surpassing anything I've yet heard by Swans.
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