Thor Harris

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Thor Harris
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Background information
Born (1965-02-07) February 7, 1965 (age 54)
Genres Experimental, indie rock, folk, experimental rock
Occupation(s)Musician, carpenter, art instructor
Instruments Drums, percussion, dulcimer, vibraphone, clarinet, piano, organ, violin, viola, accordion, melodica, keyboards, guitar, bass, trombone
Years active1986–present
Associated acts Swans (2010–2016)
Xiu Xiu (2017–present)
Bill Callahan (2005–2013)
Shearwater (2001–2010)
Devendra Banhart (2004)
Angels of Light (1999–2001)
Rob Halverson (1993–2010)
Amanda Palmer (2013)
Lisa Germano
Gretchen Phillips

Thor Harris (born February 7, 1965) is an artist, sculptor, musician, painter, carpenter and handyman. [1] He was the percussionist for Swans (2010–2016). He has performed with Shearwater (2001–2010), a band from Austin, Texas, Bill Callahan, The Angels of Light, Lisa Germano, Yonatan Gat, Gretchen Phillips, Devendra Banhart, Rebecca Cannon, Swans, Xiu Xiu, Flock of Dimes & Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra. He has recorded six instrumental albums with the Austin producer Rob Halverson. [2] He also contributed to Ben Frost's 2014 album, Aurora . [3] In February 2017, and he has enjoyed touring with Thor and Friends since 2015. [4] He posted a video to his Twitter account titled "How To Punch A Nazi" as a response to the rise of Richard Spencer, and on February 8, 2017, Twitter briefly suspended Harris's account [5] for the video. On August 10, 2017, Harris announced his candidacy for governor of Texas on Twitter. [6] Thor Harris also builds custom musical instruments [7] .

Swans (band) American band

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With Rob Halverson

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With Shearwater

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With Swans

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  1. Ken Lieck (January 21, 2000). "Hammer of the Gods". The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  2. "Music | Thor Harris and Rob Halverson albums". Retrieved 2014-05-18.
  3. Geslani, Michelle (March 20, 2014). "Listen: Ben Frost's new song "Venter", featuring Swans' Thor Harris". March 20, 2014. Consequence of Sound . Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  4. "About". Thor & Friends. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  5. Rettig, James (February 8, 2017). "Thor Harris Suspended From Twitter For How-To-Punch-A-Nazi Tutorial". February 8, 2017. Stereogum . Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  6. Wicks, Amanda. "Thor Harris Says He's Running for Governor of Texas". Condé Nast. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. "About". Thor & Friends. Retrieved 2018-12-28.