Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Feed the Rats

by Sean Hewson Rating:9 Release Date:2017-01-17

Feed The Rats is the debut album from Pigs x 7 (it's quicker this way). Made up of members of Ommadon, Blown Out and Khunnt and with the Rocket Recordings seal of approval it promises to be a total headfuck.

There's some feedback, a scream and then a Sabbath riff as Psychopomp gets to its feet and crashes about. For 15 minutes of deep fuzz and loose groove, like a good football team, Pigs x 7 maintain shape and focus. At least until the wah-wah apocalypse at the end. This is forgivable because, as we all know, all songs should end with a wah-wah apocalypse. The single, Sweet Relief (possibly some punning going on here), is a tighter affair matching another classic-sounding, sludgy riff to some skippy drumming and Matt Baty's heavily reverbed holler. It quickly turns into an orgy of shouting and psychedelic guitar, much like Tab by Monster Magnet. Icon is another epic (17 minutes this time). It starts with an Om-like bass intro from John-Michael Hedley, the riff is then taken up by the whole band. Finally, Baty comes in, bellowing into his reverb hole from the edge of insanity. More intense than on previous songs, Pigs x 7 are straining at the leash here until it all slows down so you can hear the crackle of the distortion on the drawn out notes. The riff then comes back in, galloping like a lovely horse. After seven minutes of intensity Baty's voice is showing signs of damage, his response is to push harder but the guitar solo must come as a blessed relief. The remaining minutes are emotionally charged. Has there ever been a song this heavy where the singer has repeatedly screamed 'Hold me!'? This is not Sword and Sorcery shit. Baty then yells 'I confess!' until the end whilst the rest of Pigs x 7 repeatedly and consensually punch us in the face.

Pigs x 7 are one of several new bands appearing on labels like Rocket Recordings and Riot Season who are adding an element from way out there to what used to be called Stoner Rock. This deeply heavy, psychedelic music, based on the teachings of Black Sabbath, is no longer a gear and vinyl-obsessed anachronism; it is a shiny, new, magnificent beast (though still gear and vinyl-obsessed). It feels like Punk has happened in this little corner of the music world. Pigs x 7 are the best example of this new wave - the best ideas with the best execution. A wonderful meeting of riff, groove and voice but with a slightly unhinged sensibility and a sharp focus that stops Feed The Rats from just being music for bearded chaps to nod along to.

 

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