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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.
Sunday, the grand finale! As I arrived in Camden, I met up with the guys from Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters as my hair braiding services had been requested before their show at The Black Heart later in the evening. We sat camp at The Blues Kitchen, they cracked open their flight case of make up, and we got going. Three grown in tie dye men having their hair done while applying layers of corpse paint, at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. A sight for sore eyes, to say the least.
As I finished my duties in the beauty department, I ventured over to the Underworld for Elephant Tree. This was the third time I’ve seen them, and they continue to blow me away. They sounded absolutely immense, and the Underworld was the perfect fit for them – their heavy sound bouncing off the walls in the underground bunker. As they finisher their set, we headed back out into the daylight, and across camden for Saint Vitus at the Roundhouse. Sadly, Saint Vitus were a bit of a let down after Elephant Tree, so again, fucking well done Elephant Tree!
Saint Vitus finished, and it was back to the Underworld, which has pretty much been my home away from home over the weekend, for Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. The New Castle band with the band name that puts your tongue in a twist. And again, yet another band that killed it at the Underworld! They’re great on record but that still doesn’t do them justice at all as they’re absolutely mind-blowing live.
As Pigs x 7 ended, it was getting late and time for me to face my inner demons – would I go see Sleep at the Roundhouse, or Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters at the Black Heart, followed by Samsara Blues Experiment at Underworld? I went with Chubby and Samsara, and god damn I’m glad I did! Chubby was a big ol’ sweaty mess of riffs, tie dye, corpse paint, cowbells and bubbles, and just one big party – and Samsara? Well, they were sensational.
So – if I were to summarize this weekend, I’ll have to say it’s the most fun I’ve had in a very long time. The line up was absolutely sensational, and I’m currently suffering from severe post Desertfest blues. Roll up Desertfest London 2018 – it’s only a year away, but who’s counting?