Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Psychopomp

by Andy Brown Rating:8 Release Date:2014-10-30

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs return with their second helping of heavy psych-rock insanity on Newcastle’s reliably experimental Box Records label. It’s fair to say that 'Psychopomp' is as gloriously uncompromising as their brilliantly ridiculous name.

Pigsx7 (sorry, I’m making a compromise of my own here) first appeared late last year on a split record with Glasgow’s finest wig-out band, The Cosmic Dead. The band's relentlessly ferocious riffs, psychedelic fever and punk spirit made for an impressive introduction. They’ve not diluted that spirit of adventure one bit with 'Psychopomp'.

The track starts with a misleadingly calm march out into Eastern-tinged, psychedelic rock, the kind of hypnotic groove currently produced by the likes of Eternal Tapestry and Om. The calm doesn’t last. Around the six-minute-mark everything kicks in, the central riff becomes a more propulsive rock beast while singer Matt Baty begins howling like the stoner-rock demon he is. The twin guitars of Adam Ian Sykes and Sam Grant add noise-upon-noise and riff-after-riff until you’re completely lost in the chaos. The vocals are low in the mix but I’m sure I hear, “Are you insane?”

It’s like Butthole Surfers jamming Electric Wizard songs in a basement, somewhere in Newcastle. The whole thing’s about 21 minutes and there’s not a moment wasted. There’s a remix on the flip side but after the original's genius, the altered tracks slow drones don’t really grab you in the same way. Still, ‘Psychopomp’ is one of the best things I’ve heard this year. Glorious insanity. 

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