Friday, 11 December 2015

Pigs - "Wronger" (Album Review)

By: Dan Caycedo

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/10/2015
Label: Solar Flare Records




“Wronger” is a great album with a lot of great songs and high energy. Not a ton of diversity in song writing but this is a pretty powerful album that stays the course on annihilation

“Wronger” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1. A Great Blight
2. The Life In Pink
3. Bet It All On Black
4. Amateur Hour In Dick City
5. Mope
6. Wrap It Up
7. Mouth Dump
8. Make Sure To Forget
9. Bug Boy*
10. Wronger
11. Donnybrook
*vocals by Julie Christmas


The Review:

Hell of a racket coming from the Pigs' latest release, “Wronger”. These guys sound tough as nails even if it feels like I've heard this sound before. I want to put them in the same category of modern bands like Metz and Whores with vocals that sound like their being sung through a distortion pedal. A very agro bass heavy discordant guitar driven band. Too many adjectives? Yep.

First song, “A Great Blight”, is a total test of wills, with a song title that's indicative of the sonic sound of guitars. I'm guessing the band is trying to weed out the meek before dive bombing into the rest of the album. I wouldn't even call this a song but more of an intro as there is no real structure since drums do not stay in time the entire length of this track and there's 3 or more guitar tracks trying hard to pierce your skull with an invisible needle.

Track #2, “The Life in Pink”, pummels through like a freight train with full on guitar/drums and bass. Vocals sound shrill and upsetting. It's a fucking punisher.  Bet It All On Black”, is another shredder with fist pumps in the air and car wrecks in my immediate future. Probably my favorite track on this album as it has some great riffs in the vein of possibly early Am Rep stuff ala Melvins and maybe a bit of the Jesus Lizard and plenty of Unsane.

They go off on a tangent with the song, “Mouth Dump”, which is an instrumental of sorts with banjo and a kick drum. Then you have some dialog in the background that is more or less political but with rednecks.  Another notable track is “Bug Boy” which has Julie Christmas (Made Out of Babies) singing vocals throughout. Sounds like she's hemorrhaging and it works. Lots of guitar noise with steady bass and drums. You even get to hear her hack something up at the end. Great track.

“Wronger” is a great album with a lot of great songs and high energy. Not a ton of diversity in song writing but this is a pretty powerful album that stays the course on annihilation. I'd recommend this to those of you that like to party with lots and lots of cocaine... or maybe you just like noise bands. Dig it.


“Wronger” is available here

FFO: Whores, Unsane, The Jesus Lizard, Helmet

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