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(2001 – 2003)

Zwan were a “indie ” that formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2003. Formed by The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan (guitar/vocals), the band featured Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle) on bass, Jimmy Chamberlin (also of the Smashing Pumpkins) on drums, and David Pajo (Slint/Tortoise/Papa M) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez) on guitar with Corgan.

The band’s only album, Mary Star of the Sea, was likened by critics to The Smashing Pumpkins ultra-successful Siamese Dream, but was laden with a notable positivity that was not to be found in The Smashing Pumpkins.
The band heavily toured in its short tenure, with different material according to the different eras.
The first period, which spans from the formation of the band to the inclusion of Paz Lechantin to the lineup, featured electric songs, some of which were abandoned prior to the album, in part because Billy Corgan thought they were too much Smashing Pumpkins like. Among the songs, The Empty Sea, Glorious or Spilled Milk and God’s Gonna Set This World on Fire, which they still played in some concerts in other incarnation of Zwan.
Zwan had two incarnations: the true poets of Zwan (or simply Zwan) and Zwan.
Zwan, an acoustic incarnation, with an almost completely different set of songs.

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  • daddyissues

    awful.

    5 Aug 3:44am Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    @bananademon: actually, I think it was the other way around. i'm wondering how billy was able to stand working with pajo and sweeney.

    11 Jul 8:42am Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    instead of kicking everyone out of the band and moving on, corgan should have just reformed with different bandmates. gather a new line-up and start anew.

    11 Jul 8:41am Reply
  • earthcrossing

    I think those first live songs that were released should be made into another album! There was some serious brilliance in there.

    10 Apr 1:41am Reply
  • Andreas_Wotte

    Please, come back my dark zwan and sing that song again. The song wich makes the world wrapped in silence.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • liano1

    https://soundcloud.com/muceh

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Metalbeast7

    this man you love, this boy you hate

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • spintriae

    Overall brilliant band with one completely shit-tier bargain bin album.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mellohippo

    Can't express how much i miss this band...

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • noisybishop

    A retrospective of Zwan : http://sloucher.org/2013/01/30/looking-back-at-zwan-mary-star-of-the-sea/

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    Shit.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    2003 tour, what a show!!!

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • blamonet

    I miss Zwan. I can't wait until Billy Corgan releases more Zwan from the archives. I'm listening to the Spun soundtrack right now and it is some of my favorite music.

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • xpenguinxjeanx

    Much better than late Smashing Pumpkins... I love Mary Star of the Sea!

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • spunge666

    They could of at least done two albums!

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • nicholsjoshua35

    I loved Zwan, I'm so glad that Smashing Pumpkins : Oceania sounds so much like a Zwan album. Also, Smashing Pumpkins never had one particular sound, all the way from Gish to MachinaII / Friend And Enemies Of Modern Music Smashing Pumpkins always changed.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bananademon

    In retrospect I wonder how Dave Pajo and Matt Sweeney managed to stick with Billy for the two years Zwan was a band.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • dreamelectric

    if only I died just once in my life

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Tedual

    Zwan kicks fucking ass. holy fuck, Bill.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • shivaki07

    http://lamuzi.blogspot.com/2012/06/lirinterpretacje-smashing-pumpkins.html Autor tego tekstu napisał utwór aby... "zabić" swoich rodziców brutalnym pięknem swojej muzyki. Billy Corgan i jego kompozycja - Disarm zespołu The Smashing Pumkins, bo o nim mowa, jest utworem gdzie dla jednych może stanowi wizję reflektującą zmagania dziecka, który wkracza do świata dorosłych. Dla innych jest manifestem samotnego człowieka chcącego targnąć się na swoje życie. Pozostali znaleźli w nim „dyskusję na temat aborcji”, wojny, pedofilii, nieszczęśliwej miłości etc. Według mnie, ogólny charakter utworu ukazuje „małość” człowieka w otaczającym go świecie i pośrednim wołaniem o pomoc człowieka zagubionego w rzeczywistości. A z kim utożsamicie się Wy? Sprawdźcie na LMF!

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
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