Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pigs "Wronger" Solar Flare Records Review

Solar Flare Records
Released: October 2, 2015

PIGS are a three piece noisefest from Brooklyn NY with members who have done time in Unsane and some other bands that aren't the Unsane.

This is their second LP. "They" say the first LP "You Ruin Everything" was criminally slept on... I missed it. I didn't miss the EP between the two LPs (my obvious introduction to Pigs). "Gaffe" was a great ep. "Wronger" is a great LP. I probably need to locate a copy of "You Ruin Everything".

Check out the song "Amateur Hour in Dick City" on their label's youtube channel (Solar Flare Records)

i will walk you through my experience with this album.

I loved the band Unsane. Loved seeing them live, loved their music, loved the legend, loved buying their records on vinyl. So the expectations were set on the table.

First time I heard the album name I thought NoMeansNo...

Then I thought BGK...

First time I listened to "Wronger" I thought this opening track, "A Great Blight" was genius. Amazing. Feedback, noise, pounding. "Wow", I wonder if this entire album is going to be this sick. I was waiting for Dave Curran's vocals to come in. I'm running those Unsane howls over the tense assault in my brain and they didn't come. The song made me want to run home and plug in my guitar and create songs like "A Great Blight". Of course shortly thereafter my Marshall head lost all power and that is another story, or maybe it is related...

This first listen was during a walk, which is my new post back injury & concussion habit. Headphones on. After listening to the rest of the album, I thought this is either going to fall into the category of garbage or it will grow on me. 

I have a history with noise rock bands - in that sometimes they take a bit for me to grasp, even though I love the genre. Obviously a lot of the bands push limits and it can take some getting used to... There was a Sonic Youth album that I hated for nearly ten years, but knew I would love it. So I kept it and it became one of my favorite records. Luckily, "Wronger" only took two listens for me to love - not ten years.

Turns out by the third listen, "Wronger" is a killer. Varied in approach and style. I had to temporarily turn off the fact that this was from Ex-Unsane on future listens for me to comprehend. Once I did that I realized how much the Pigs are like Tad (Brothers of the Sonic Cloth) and God Bullies as well as the Unsane. 

Give "Wronger" a few tries on soundcloud: loudly...

"Mouth Dump" has banjo lunacy. "Amateur Hour In Dick City" starts off with a mega riff. "Wrap It Up" agitates and slices. Plenty of Tad-like howling. "Bug Boy" has a guest vocalist Julie Christmas that is simply a brutal track. "Wronger" and other tracks have a Jesus Lizard-like aggression and tempo.

Thank you Pigs. 

Frank FOE

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