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Today is the day! Pigs x 7 release their third album ‘Viscerals‘ is out there in this weird, wild world, courtesy of Rocket Recordings. The noise loving Newcastle-Upon-Tyne quintet featuring Matt Baty, Sam Grant, Adam Ian Sykes, John-Michael Hedley and Christopher Morley. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do, and we look forward to hearing what you think and seeing you at a show as soon as is possible. For Lockdown Listening we recommend playing it loud, whilst exercising, cleaning, cooking or just simply when having a lovely, cathartic time. Powerful, primal, passionate music-making. An infectious, ambitious, raucous, riff-driven record. A workout of sheer musical magnitude and absolutely their best yet.

Adam Ian Sykes (guitar): It’s a strange time to be releasing an album, no doubt, but the reception and support we’ve had from people has been incredible. It’s odd spending months preparing for a long period of touring an album for that to be pulled from underneath from you but despite that, we’ve really enjoyed the run up to release and we’re still excited to get it out there for people to hear. Seeing as we’re not allowed to leave the house at the moment, we’re gathering together at 7pm BST on our YouTube channel in order to have a chat, a listen back to the record and welcome guests including Geoff Barrow of Beak, Self Esteem, ‘Viscerals’ cowbell performer Richard Dawson and Dev from Idles

‘Viscerals’ is available on vinyl LP, CD and digital formats from wherever you buy your music. To purchase one of the three limited edition vinyl versions currently available, in blood red sparkle vinyl. Rocket Recordings

Band Members
Matt Baty (Vocals)
Sam Grant (Guitar)
Adam Ian Sykes (Guitar)
Christopher Morley (Drums)
John-Michael Hedley (Bass)

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Heavy psych-rockers Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have previewed their forthcoming Viscerals album with second single “Rubbernecker”.

Discussing the new single, singer Matt Baty says “The lyrics of “Rubbernecker” explore feelings of desperation and eroding senses of community in a world that’s seemingly gone completely mad. The central character is the clown, who attempts to detach himself from the world he observes as chaotic and unruly. The more he isolates himself, the more he yearns for kinship but the ever growing forces that reinforce his terror of the outside keep him rooted in his confinement. It’s a sad song really.”

Viscerals will be Pigs first LP since their 2018 album King of Cowards.

“Rubbernecker” lands after January’s lead offering “Reducer”, and arrives with a clay stop-motion visual created by Rafael Bonilla Jr.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Rubbernecker Taken from the album ‘Viscerals ‘ (Launch184) on Rocket Recordings

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – the Newcastle based maximalists whose riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across the darker quarters of the underground in the last five years, have made a second album in King Of Cowards which does its damnedest to take consciousness to its very limits.

Vocalist and synth player Matt Baty notes “In terms of how the theme came together I’d relate it to throwing paint at a canvas in a really physical and subconscious way, then stepping back to analyse it and seeing it all as one piece. It wasn’t until then that I saw there was this continual thread of sin and guilt in the lyrics throughout the album. For a long time I’ve questioned how and where guilt can be used as a form of oppression… When can guilt be converted into positive action? After typing all of the lyrics up I realised I’d unwittingly referenced every one of the seven deadly sins throughout the album. That’s the fire and brimstone Catholic teachings I picked up at school coming into play there!”

The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut Feed The Rats  a mighty tsunami of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide, from the sweatiest of UK fleapits to illustrious festivals like Roskilde. Perhaps the most relentlessly head-caving outfit of an alarmingly fertile scene operating in Newcastle at present, the band have all been busying themselves in a variety of activities, with Baty running Box Records (home of underground luminaries like Lower Slaughter, Casual Nun and Terminal Cheesecake) and both himself and bassist John-Michael Hedley playing in Richard Dawson’s band – indeed Dawson himself guests on King Of Cowards, both on synth and as part of a vocal ensemble on the opening “GNT” – moreover, guitarist Sam Grant has been working hard on a new incarnation of Blank Studios, which began its life with the recording of this very album.

This opus sees the band entering a new phase as a sleeker yet still more dangerous swineherd, with ex-Gnod and Queer’d Science drummer Chris Morley joining the ranks and a new approach being taken to its creation. The Iggy-esque drive to dementia, Sabbath-esque squalor and Motörhead-style dirt may still be present and correct yet the songs are leaner, the longdrawn-out riff-fests sharpened into addictive hammer blows and the nihilistic dirges of yore alchemically transformed into an uplifting and inviting barrage of hedonistic abandon.

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Against all odds, the writing of this record entailed encounters with actual pigs. “We hired a remote, converted barn in the Italian countryside and spent a week there writing the bulk of the album and trying to make friends with wild boar.” notes Adam Ian Sykes. “The results are shorter, more concise songs with, I guess, a little more focus, especially thematically. We wanted to shift slightly from our old jam-based way of working. In places, the album gets darker than Feed the Rats, especially lyrically but we also tried to get a fair amount of levity in there.”

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” So George Orwell noted at the end of a certain slim volume. King Of Cowards is nothing less than just such a metamorphosis, one in which – in a blur of primal urges and beastly physicality – this band shows us just which animalsare really in charge of the farm.

Releases September 28th, 2018

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