Crushing riffs and detuned guitars are what Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs or PigsX7 are all about, hailing from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the band as mentioned a few times are influenced by Black Sabbath. We met up with them in the spring of 2019 and discussed the guitar gear arms race and what Orange adds to their sound.
Hi Adam Ian Sykes from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Hello I’m Sam Grant from Pig Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.
Which artists inspired you to get into music?
Adam: Black Sabbath
Who are your main influences as a band?
Adam: ‘Changes’ by Black Sabbath
Tell us about your sound goals?
Adam: Think as long as we sound 30% like Black Sabbath.
Sam: Would be ideal.
What has using Orange added to your sound?
Adam: Kick to the chest and a kick to the groin.
Sam: Yes! Just like that.
Adam: I recently got some Orange cabs replaced, I was using, there is a lot more kicks to the groin.
Sam: Followed by…
Adam: The chest, the head…
Sam: Then as you keep pushing the pedal forwards it goes over peoples heads.
Adam: Pull their spine out from the skull.
How has it made a difference to your individual sound?
Adam: Moving to Orange the cabs in particular, there was a big boost in the low mids. The low mids, it’s a big part of my sound I guess. As much as a lack of practice… they are both quite important to my playing style.
Sam: Distinct flavour you manage to get.
Adam: I always have my volume on full, I don’t touch any of the knobs on my guitar because something may go drastically wrong. There is enough response from the amps to get round my technical inability I think.
Sam: I tend to to love the low end, the frequency range…
Adam: The groin kick?
Sam: The groin kick, the frequency range, the high mids I’m not too fussed about them.
Adam: It’s of the face, don’t touch the face.
Sam : Can’t touch the face.
Anything else Orange helps with?
Adam: We are playing in drop C which the amps tend to handle pretty well.
Sam : That is important because I think we write everything in C.
Adam: Ye, we try out best.
Sam: So far so good.
How do you decide who uses what gear?
Sam: I think in part there needs to be some decision made in what each of us are using.
Adam: I think in part the consideration is one up manship of how loud, how many cabs.
Sam: An arms race!
Adam: It is an arms race, we are deep in the arms trade. Well I have got more cabs haven’t I?
Sam: You have got two more speakers but one less head. That’s a shame.
Adam: Well I best get another amp. I’d like to have more amps and cabs than Matt Pike, then I would be happy. Twenty four is not enough.
Sam: Twenty five?
Adam: Ye, twenty five.
Sam: And a little Micro Terror? Just one side.
Adam: Interesting, just in case they all go.