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Electro-noise duo the Yellow Swans formed in Portland, OR, in 2001, with the intention of combining punk's confrontational stance with the aggressively electronic sound of glitch. Like many other noise artists, Peter Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman self-released several CD-Rs and cassettes of their music, as well as issuing EPs and 7"s on labels like Collective Jyrk and Chronditic Sound. Despite frequent tours and gigs with artists including Tussle, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Xiu Xiu, and Japanther, the Yellow Swans recorded their debut album in 2003. Bring the Neon War Home was released by Narnack in summer 2004; the duo moved to Oakland, CA, just before the album's release. The group's second album, Psychic Secession, arrived in fall 2005 on the Australian label Numerical Thief and was remastered and reissued that year by Load Records. They continued to churn out CD-Rs and 7"s throughout 2006 and 2007, culminating with their third full-length, 2007's At All Ends, which had a more polished, Krautrock-inspired approach. The following spring, Swanson announced that the duo was disbanding. Two years later, Yellow Swans' final album, Going Places, was released via Type. ~ Heather Phares

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