Pigs x7 @ The Mash House, Edinburgh, 17 Apr
Newcastle's Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs storm Edinburgh with a short but fiery set that showcases why they're one of the most exciting acts around
Looming out of the darkness, Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs storm Edinburgh with a short but fiery set that showcases why they’re one of the most exciting heavy acts that Britain has produced in recent years.
Lit for most of the set in an orange glow reminiscent of a steel forge, their bass-heavy grind is truly something to hear, evoking a battleship fusillade as it rumbles and rolls, while gigantic guitars stab like shards of icebergs plunging into the sea.
At times, the sheer volume of instrumentation threatens to overwhelm vocalist Matt Baty, but like forward-looking peers Deafheaven there are also touches of shoegaze that suggest perhaps Pigs x7 are rather more avid and diverse musos than perhaps their black clad demeanour hints at.
Early songs like GNT and Shockmaster are packed with riffs that scrape the roof of the room, channelling early Mastodon with their dextrous instrumentals. Drummer Christopher Morley pinwheels his way through Sweet Relief as Baty howls at the ceiling, while on Gloamer, a standout from 2018’s King of Cowards, the whole band marauds ferociously as rumbling bass and shards of feedback give way to an enormous acidic riff.
The punchy Cake of Light wonders what would happen if Alesiter Crowley went on Bake Off, while the closing nine-minute workout A66 sees the band flex their muscles for a final time with a track that hits like a slingshot to the face.
Thanking the packed audience for coming out, Baty admits that he sometimes struggles to cope with the adulation. Time to get used to it, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are bound for bigger things.