PHOTOGRAPHY LEA COLOMBO
STYLIST ZANA BAYNE / TODD PENDU
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN ONE OF YOUR NEW FAVORITE BANDS COVERS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS BY ONE OF YOUR OLD FAVORITE BANDS? WE'VE BEEN PLAYING THIS TEMPERS COVER OF SWANS'S "KILLING FOR COMPANY" ON REPEAT, SO WE WENT AHEAD AND GOT IN TOUCH WITH TEMPERS, JUST SO WE COULD NERD OUT MORE ABOUT SWANS—AND GET THESE COOL SHOTS OF JASMINE AND EDDIE
Jasmine Golestaneh: What I love about SWANS is that they thrive in a world of emotion that most people are too afraid to confront. They know how to express the most primal or tender feeling you’ve ever had that you didn’t know how to articulate. For me, that kind of internal liberation is one of the great powers of music, I want to be deeply known and purged by a song. The cover of "Killing for Company" came about after I saw SWANS live for the first time earlier this year. I was so stunned by their performance that I went into a state of shock, and covering one of their songs seemed like the only good cure. "Killing for Company" is a love song written from the perspective of a serial killer, but I think Michael Gira’s lyrics could also be read in a more universal sense—describing the angst of infatuation that can come with love.
Eddie Cooper: Musically, "Killing For Company" is all about restraint; there's this undercurrent of violence and power that never quite cracks the surface. That tension is so moving for us and mirrors our style, that balancing of warmth and distance, bleakness and humanity. We work with totally different textures than SWANS, but there's an emotional parallel.
Make-up Mark de los Reyes Hair Ryan Austin Kazmarek Stylist Assistant Nick Blumenthal