Algis Kizys

Algis Kizys
Background information
Birth name Algis Antanas Kizys
Born 1960
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Noise rock, no wave, industrial, post-punk, punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar
Associated acts Swans, Of Cabbages and Kings, Pigface, Foetus, Problem Dogs, Soraya, NeVAh

Algis Kizys (born in Chicago, 1960) is a New York City bass guitarist most well known for his long-time membership in New York City band Swans. First joining Swans on 1986s Greed LP, he stayed with the group through The Great Annihilator (1995). He is also a founding member Of Cabbages and Kings, an offshoot of Bag People.


Of Cabbages and Kings featured Kizys, founder/guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist/producer Carolyn Master, Roy Mayorga (Nausea),(soulfly),(Stone Sour), Vinnie Signorelli (Unsane), Ted Parsons (Prong, Swans, Godflesh, Jesu, Teledubgnosis) and Diane Wlezein. Kizys, Master, and Wlezein previously played in Bag People.

Kizys has spent time in Foetus' live incarnation and played for Glenn Branca in his Symphony No. 6.

Kizys was a member of Problem Dogs, his first band formed with Rick Radtke, John Connors, and Demetra Plakas (who later played drums with L7).

During this time, August 1982, he briefly joined forces with guitarist Edward "Phast Eddie" Lines, Connors and Plakas as Phlegm Magnets, which played several shows at the Space Place in Chicago.

From 1994 -1997 Algis Kizys created a band with singer songwriter Soraya Rashid called "Soraya". Other members included Norman Westberg (ex Swans), Ted Parsons (Prong), Vinnie Signorelli (Swans, Unsane), Eric Hubel (Glenn Branca), and J. G. Thirlwell (Foetus)

Kizys with Jonathan Bepler and David Thorpe composed "Firmament" for Nerve magazine's "Sweet & Vicious" audio book. Firmament served as a soundscape to the JT Leroy story, "Natoma Street", performed by Callie Thorne. Gus Van Sant used "Firmament" for the pivotal scene in his film, "Finding Forrester", starring Sean Connery.

Kizys's current band, NeVAh, features Vinnie Signorelli (Unsane) and Norman Westberg from Swans. NeVAh are currently playing in what's left of New York's underground scene.


Year Name Ref
1986 Greed[1]
1986 Holy Money[2]
1987 Children of God[3]
1992 Love of Life[4]
1995 The Great Annihilator[5]
Of Cabbages and Kings
Year Name Ref
1987 Of Cabbages and Kings[6]
1988 Face[7]
1990 Basic Pain Basic Pleasure[8]
1992 Hunter's Moon[9]

Other appearances
Year Name Artist Ref
1989 Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven) Glenn Branca[10]
1992 Male Foetus in Excelsis Corruptus Deluxe[11]


  1. allmusic ((( Greed > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  2. allmusic ((( Holy Money > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  3. allmusic ((( Children of God > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  4. allmusic ((( Love of Life > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  5. allmusic ((( Great Annihilator > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  6. allmusic ((( Of Cabbages and Kings > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  7. allmusic ((( Face > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  8. allmusic ((( Basic Pain Basic Pleasure > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  9. allmusic ((( Hunter's Moon > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  10. allmusic ((( Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven) > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  11. allmusic ((( Male > Credits ))) Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-01.

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