9 Jan 2018


It reads:

PIGS x7 – Lucky 7
It’s the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…today, and the first entry for 2018, Velvet Sheep is aptly pleased to welcome Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs (or Pigs x7 for ease) for their Lucky 7, it’s a proper farmyard / Orwellian dust up, and we’re happier than pigs in excrement that this most exciting of doom-laden psych noise punks have joined us with some outstanding and edifying choices, not least Alice Coltrane, whose “Journey In Satchidananda” first came on my radar via an interview I did with Mudhoney’s Mark Arm for the Quietus. And incidentally Pigs x7 are playing a Quietus benefit gig at the Lexington on Friday 19 Jan, so you check out the Newcastle noiseniks tear it up under the veil of pagan mid winter darkness imminently. But here’s a picture of them earlier, at another, unnamed drinking establishment.

Pigs x7’s album “Feed The Rats” came out this time last year on the stellar Rocket Recordings, and featured highly on a few notable end of year lists. Their first ever gig had been supporting Goat on only their second live show, and since that the five piece have been relentlessly taking their neck-wrecking cathartic chaos on the road, playing with the likes of The Cosmic Dead and Luminous Bodies. Part Monster Magnet, Part Chimp (geddit) they make wearing ear plugs for mbv and Dinosaur Jr seem like wrapping yourself in cotton wool, but what did lead screamer Matt Baty (who also runs record label Box Recordings) and guitarist Adam Ian Sykes choose as songs they dig? What is at the root of their “Psychopomp”?

See the full piece here: Velvet Sheep

Photo by Jens Wassmuth