15 Oct 2018

Get Into This reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

They say:

It all started at Psych Fest last year. We’d heard good things about this lot and figured they were worth checking out over in District. And we weren’t the only ones. There was a one out one in policy at the door well before they were due on stage.

What followed was one of the most extraordinary gigs we have ever seen. Mild mannered Matt Baty, the band’s lead, was dressed in a black jacket, black trousers and a white shirt as though he was going out for the night for a couple of Mojitos before heading off to swallow a fillet steak, cooked medium rare, somewhere upmarket. In Shoreditch, perhaps.

He was the essence of politeness to the sound guy, thanking him many times and being appreciative. He was concerned about the 3 second reverb on his vocals he’d asked for wasn’t coming through. ‘Don’t worry’, said the sound guy, ‘It’ll happen’. ‘Thank you very much’, said Matt.

And then the onslaught started. Baty kicked off a gig that will be seared into the mind for a Very Long Time as the band played the three songs that comprise debut album Feed The Rats in order and with a passion and an energy that will ever be one of those ‘were you there?’ moments...

Read the rest here: GIT


Poster for Hey Colossus show in Birmingham

Hey Colossus are heading up to Birmingham to play a show on 8 December for the lovely folks at Supersonic!

Tickets: Supersonic


Goat release special 'Blue Flame' ltd edition 'Let it Burn' 7"

Back in April we released a new single by GOAT called 'Let it Burn'.

The track caught everyones imagination and even made BBC 6Music's 'A-playlist' which was a first for Rocket. And as expected, all 5 of the ltd edition vinyl versions sold out in a flash.

So, one of our last release of our 20th Anniversary year is this special reissue 'Blue Flame' version of the Let it Burn 7". It comes with a different 'blue' sleeve and on 'blue' vinyl. There are only 500 of these and we don't expect them to stick around for long. 

You can preorder one of the 75 copies we will have for presale via our bandcamp and they will be shipping w/c 19 November at the latest.

 Preorder here: Bandcamp


New Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - King of Cowards repress up for presale

After the amazing ‘sold out’ response to the new Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album ‘King of Cowards’ we have decided to repress the album on another colour. 

So following the first three sins:

‘Green with Envy’
‘Pink with Lust’
‘Black with Wrath’

We are now pressing the fourth sin, ‘Yellow with Sloth’ and you can preorder a copy here with an expected delivery of 9 November: Rocket Bandcamp

Each ‘sin’ is ltd to only 500 each worldwide, they will never be repressed!

"Sounds like an advancing storm" 4/5 The Guardian
“Sustained Sabbath inspired menace." 8/10 Uncut
"A force to be reckoned with." 9/10 Louder than War
"Possibly the best British rock album of 2018." 8/10 Line of the Best Fit
"Leaving you bewildered and breathless." 9/10 Soundblab
"Gives your eardrums a good kicking." 8/10 Drowned in Sound


12 Oct 2018

Goatman's Rhythm's album out today

Today see's the release of Rhythms, the debut album by Goatman the new solo project from a member of GOAT.

The album is available in four different ltd edition versions. The Rocket shop version 'Pale Green/Purple splatter' has sold out, but there are 'Pink/Black' swirl 'Yellow' and 'Black' vinyl editions that will be available in all good record shops. Each one is ltd.  

Stream the album here:   Spotify   Apple Music

"A surging, inspiring piece of music that seems to rip itself out of your speakers" Clash Magazine

"Like an Ethiopian jazz record rescued from record store obscurity" Loud and Quiet

"An exploration of groove." Gigwise

"Smouldering 1970s African rock fusion to get you in a groove." Soundblab

Recorded in GOAT’s northern Swedish home town of Korpilombolo in late 2017 - the 6 tracks on Rhythms reveal a true collision of African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, but all put through the famous GOAT filters.

Rhythms is a very apt title for the album as each track is an exploration of the ‘groove’. From the Fela Kuti‘esqe drums and horns jam of Jaam Ak Salam, to the frantic gospel-jazz of 'Carry the Load'. From the fuzzed  Can via the ‘Bristol sound’ track of 'Hum Bebass Nahi'n, to the cinematic, Spacemen 3‘esqe drones of the album closer 'Baaneexu'. The end result is quite an astonishing and very unique album, like what you would expect from an album made by a member of GOAT – an album that is hard to put your finger on, but one that you will keep revisiting, the more it’s sounds reveals itself.


11 Oct 2018

Psychedelic Baby Interviews Goatman

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Rhythms is the debut album by Goatman, a new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT. Recorded in GOAT’s northern Swedish home town of Korpilombolo in late 2017 - the 6 tracks on Rhythms reveal a true collision of African Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Gospel and Psych, but all put through the famous GOAT filters. Rhythms is a very apt title for the album as each track is an exploration of the ‘groove’. From the Fela Kuti‘esqe drums and horns jam of Jaam Ak Salam, to the frantic gospel-jazz of Carry the Load. From the fuzzed Can via the ‘Bristol sound’ track of Hum Bebass Nahin, to the cinematic, Spacemen 3‘esqe drones of the album closer Baaneexu. The end result is quite an astonishing and very unique album, like what you would expect from an album made by a member of GOAT – an album that is hard to put your finger on, but one that you will keep revisiting, the more it’s sounds reveals itself. Goatman plays all the instruments on the album bar some additional drums by Hanna Östergren from fellow Swedish bands Hills and Träd, Gräs & Stenar, and an added horn section courtesy of Johan Asplund and David Byström. One of the standout highlights of the album though is the collection of great guest vocalists Goatman has enlisted. Tracks “Jaam Ak Salam” and “Aduna” feature the very special voice of Senegalese singer Seydi Mandoza. You will also hear the vocals of Swedish based singers Amanda Werne on “Carry The Load” and Amerykhan on “Hum Bebass Nahin”.

Rhythms is the debut album by Goatman, a new solo project by one of the mysterious members from the Swedish collective GOAT. Was there a certain concept behind the album?

Concept? No... I don’t think so? Or maybe the concept was just to make a badass album.

Can you share some further details how your latest album Rhythms was recorded and released?

On and off for a year. Mainly by myself. It will be released 12th of October.

Read the  rest here: Psychedelic Baby


10 Oct 2018

Listen to exclusive Goatman mix for Bleep

Ahead of Friday's release of Goatman's album Rhythms, the lovely people at Bleep asked the illusive artist to do them an exclusive mix...and it is well worth a listen!

Info, tracklist and preorder of the ltd LP can be found here: Bleep


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs to play Le Guess Who

Chuffed to announce that Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have been announced to be playing the amazing Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht on Friday 9th November and they are headlining De Helling Stage

Find out more info here: Le Guess Who 


Listen to Luca from Julie's Haircut's guest mix for I Heart Noise

I Heart Noise invited Luca from Julie's Haircut to do them a guest mix' and so he did, and it is good too!!

Listen here: I Heart Noise

Read about the mix here: IHN


Heavy Pop reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

King of Cowards delivers what Feed the Rats roughly promised as an insider tip from 2017 : The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Rock'n'Roll'n'Totic Wine quintet with the penetrable name focused between mangy stoner and roaring Doom to the Heavy Psych-Hatz swelling brew finally ready to be able to take part in the genre spearhead. 

With almost a similar amount of playing time, King of Cowards is up to twice the number of songs in direct comparison to Feed the Rats - distances of up to 9 minutes are actually in relation to previous chunks like The Wizard and the Seven Swines kept compact. However, this turn to increased handiness may well be converted as a whole to the development of the band. 

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have learned in every way from the predecessor, whose advantages and inherited the shortcomings largely left behind, the songwriting not necessarily refined, but on a broader basis. Still dominate betweenBlack Sabbath and Motörhead roasting riffs from the Doom textbook brand Hey Colossus , Eagle Twin , Monolord , Part Chimp or Electric Wizard the drifting action, a hallucinating vintage Vibe ala Monster magnet shapes the perspective while frontman Matt Baty captures his dark lyrics in almost Conan 's battlefield style as hoarse Matt Pike screams out of the guitar mountains and neo-drummer Chris Morley has brought the motor groove of his ex-combo Gnod...

Read the rest here: Heavy Pop


Watch video for new $hit and $hine track 'Mingler'

$hit & $hine have just revealed a video for 'Mingler' the second track to come from their forthcoming album 'Bad Vibes'. The album is released on 9 November and you can watch the video above.

'Mingler' sees $hit & $hine getting even more deep down & dirty Texan style, with heavy repetitious electro funk grooves that pile-drive you headfirst into the demented world of 1998 James Browns own head.... 'I Wanna Mingle' come Mingle with us!!

Read what Echoes & Dust have to say about it here: Echoes And Dust 

$hit & $hine are hitting Europe for some shows to coincide with the release:

02 Nov / Mayhem / Copenhagen
03 Nov / Cafe Haerverk / Oslo
05 Nov / Cafe Central / Brussels
07 Nov / Cafe 12 / Geneva
08 Nov / Secret Location / Lugano
09 Nov / Tabtap / Schaffhausen
10 Nov / Paper Dress Vintage / London

Fresh from yet another demolition derby between high trash and the lowest avant-garde, ‘Bad Vibes’ is the sound of the $hit & $hine jalopy rocketing way beyond the speed limit on the lineage of the lysergic. Sunstruck abstract disco and pulverising 303-driven piledrivers lock horns with industrial-tinged murk. And frankly, you’d better either get on board or get well out of the way.

The album is available to preorder now on white/cyan splatter vinyl – ltd to 500 copies worldwide. We have some copies for pre-sale now via Bandcamp: here 


FREE ‘RKT20’ CD with every Bandcamp order over £20

As you may know, we pressed up a Ltd edition CD compilation called ‘RKT20’ to celebrate our ‘Label of the Month’ campaign across the Rough Trade Shops.

Well now the campaign is over, we were able to round-up the couple of boxes of CDs that were left and we are offering you the chance to get your hands on a free copy with every ‘new’ Bandcamp order of over £20 (before post/packaging), starting from today.

Get your free CD here: Bandcamp

The compilation is nearly 1 hour 20 minutes of 'unreleased, rare and classic' tracks from the Rocket roster, the tracklist reads:

01 Anthroprophh - 2029
02 Mamuthones - A Place in the World
03 MIEN - Black Habit ($hit and $hine Remix)
04 Flowers Must Die - Hey, Shut Up (new version)
05 Julie's Haircut - Salting Traces
06 Hey Colossus - Hey, Dead Eyes, Up!
07 Bonnacons of Doom - Argenta (Edit)
08 Gum Takes Tooth - Slowly Falling
09 Gnoomes - City Monk (Lay Llamas Afro Cosmic Re-work)
10 GOAT - Dig My Grave
11 Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - Sweet Relief
12 Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - Lucid Sapphire
13 Housewives – Exceprt 6
14 GNOD - Creedon's Clear Water Revival
15 Lay Llamas - Silver Sun (Negra Branca's Red Sun Remix)
16 Teeth of the Sea - Love Theme Redux feat. Rachel Davis

These will be sent out on a first come, first served basis. Once gone, they are gone!


9 Oct 2018

Onda Rock reviews Anthroprophh's OMEGAVILLE

Do you like sound disasters? Do you love excursions into musical territories with a sinister charm? If, in both cases, the answer is positive, then you can not do without this new birth of the Anthroprophh , Bristol band led by that Paul Allen that many, perhaps, will already remember driving, at the end of the nineties, of the Heads, a powerful expression of a sound full of electricity and disfigured by stoner jolts . 

Prepared and recorded, by the admission of the same Allen, under the influence of " Tago Mago " of Can , "Omegaville" is a two-faced herm where the tracks of the first album build colossal bastions of explosions, dilatations and heavy-psyched deformations . rock, whereas those of the latter rely on a more evocative and experimental sound . 

The psychedelic garage-rock of the initial double "2029" / "Dead Inside" is a close relation both of the wildest Comets On Fire sorties and of the High Rise barrage fires and this, obviously, means having to go back to a whole series of Sonic barbaric destroyers: Jimi Hendrix , Blue Cheer, Hawkwind , Chrome and so on. The first minute of "Housing Act 1980" unrolls, instead, a punk ramalama , but it is only a prelude to the umpteenth intergalactic trip with flaming distortions, insistent drumming and feedbackas if it were raining. For their part, the evil and doomy plots of "Oakmoll"... 

Read the rest of the review here: Anthroprophh


8 Oct 2018

Listen to OnoTesla NTS show with GNOD's Paddy Shine

Before Paddy from GNOD headed over to the great Golden Cabinet in Shipley, he popped into NTS Manchester to do the latest OnoTesla show.

Listen back here: NTS


Joyzine interview Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and reviews their Rough Trade East show

They say:

We arrived at Rough Trade East with sound check in progress and the shop very much open for business and busy with shoppers browsing the racks of CDs and vinyl. It could not be said that the bearded gentleman behind the drum kit on the small raised stage at the back of Rough Trade East was merely ‘tickling” the drums, on the contrary he was hitting them so hard that he’d driven the even the most eager shoppers back from the two racks of CDs closest to the stage. Whist I seriously considered ferreting around in the camera bag for the ear plugs, this little vignette played out…

Sound Engineer: “That’s great. Do you play anything softer on the toms?”

Christopher Morley (Drummer) noticeable delay before deadpan delivery: “….No.”

(Cheer from the shop floor…)

Welcome to the world of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

I came to Rough Trade fully expecting some seriously loud psych-rock and it looked from the very outset that I wasn’t going to be disappointed..

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are: Matt Baty (Vocals); Sam Grant (Guitar); Adam Ian Sykes (Guitar); Christopher Morley (Drums) and John-Michael Hedley (Bass). Hailing from Newcastle, the porcine quintet have just begun touring the UK and Europe to celebrate the release of their second album, King of Cowards which was released on Rocket Recordings on the 28th September.

So I have to ask the question you must have been asked many times before… Where did the name come from?...

Read the full piece here: Joyzine


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs show in Margate moves to bigger venue

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs show in Margate on 30 October has moved to the bigger venue Elsewhere.

Tickets from here: See


Raven Sings The Blues reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

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Newcastle’s Pigsx7 tear another hole in the fabric of reality with their sophomore LP for Rocket Recordings. The impossibly named band takes another swipe at their potent mix of Monster Magnet sludgelord psychosis bonded to the give no fucks, take no prisoners mentality of Motorhead. While that seems like a rather tall order to live up to, the band keeps pace here for six monstrous tracks that come on with the apocalyptic heat of a Mad Max location scouting. The songs on King of Cowards, based loosely on the idea of deadly sins and moral corruption, swing wild with a looser feel than those on their predecessor Feed The Rats. The band convened in the Italian countryside to commune with the dirt before laying down these tracks and the country air and lack of neighbors seems to have let them crank the throttle quite a bit and work out a sense of improvisation that licks the knife edge with a sense of danger.

The band brings ex-Gnod drummer Chris Morley into the fold this time around and his animalistic beat works to fuel the band’s appetite for action. While they keep those doom clouds rumblin’ they’re tethered much closer to to Terra Firma this time, scratching the pavement rather than rippling through the godheads themselves. Pigsx7 are still not ones for brevity, but they’re keeping it under the ten minute mark everytime, coming nowhere near Rats’ sidelong ozone-...

Read the rest here: RSTB


Echoes and Dust reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Bonnacons of Doom live at the Moth Club

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Matt Baty of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs observes his shiny golden waistcoat (“Bobby Dazzler”) complements the MOTH Club’s glittery ceiling, while this also extends to blend in with the bright golden streamers backdrop. Initially a setting more suitable for magicians producing rabbits out of top hats, it turns out to be a fittingly memorable choice for Rocket Recordings’ big box of magical music discoveries to continue such unearthing, with Pigs x 7’s sophomore album King of Cowards and a sold-out album-launch party. With fellow label-mates Bonnacons of Doom in support, it propels an evening’s journey into a memorable head-on collision of all-absorbing, rollicking, heavy and mesmerising sounds.

Over at Echoes and Dust’s twin towers, practically anything released by Rocket Recordings is greeted with an eager anticipation and wide-eyed enthusiasm. This exuberance has spilled widely into tonight’s proceedings, where the thrills and tingle of an electric atmosphere feels more than just the general joys of a Friday night and the prospects of an imminent weekend. Am I saying something is brewing? There is an undeniable buzz currently surrounding both the band and label...

Read the rest here: E&D


Soundblab gives Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – 'King of Cowards' a 9/10 review

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The mighty Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (Pigs x7) are back with their second album on the equally mighty Rocket Recordings. The well-connected and hard-working lads (label owners, backing musicians, several other bands) are joined on King of Cowards by the equally well-connected Chris Morley, ex-Gnod and Queer’d Science. As Iggy said, er….look out.

GNT starts with a few seconds of feedback before John-Michael Headley lays down a two-note bass riff that is periodically obliterated by the Now I Wanna Be Your Dog chords until the full band hit one of those lurching grooves that they are so good at. The superb Matt Baty then detonates a vocal. On the last album, he was somewhere between Lemmy and Ozzy, on King of Cowards there is a bit of Rollins too, showing that his voice is gaining even more power and authority. It’s a brutal, multi-part opener that rips into Trump...

Read the full review here: Soundblab


5 Oct 2018

Poster for The Heads + Flowers Must Die at the 100 Club

Tickets from here: Baba Yaga


Earthings Reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - King Of Cowards

They say:

Well, this one sounds big. But then, that’s what Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – count that, seven – specialize in. But with the release of their new album Kings of Cowards, the Newcastle quintet manage to sound even bigger while also managing to sound more accessible. Their first album, Feed the Rats, was more explicitly an art piece: three tracks totaling 36 minutes, a complete assault on the senses. This one is six tracks totaling 40 minutes, and while it’s still an assault, it somehow lets you run a little bit first. Imagine how the threat (for lack of a better term) looms over you when you do that. I’m not one for metal, or metal revivalists, bit King of Cowards makes it easier – and the impact is not any less harder, denser, deeper. Perhaps it’s stronger, because there’s time for things to build up before the boom. And yes, I did plug this album in early in the morning, and it worked, too. [NB] | 4/5

See the review here: Earthings


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - King Of Cowards in The Quietus Albums of the Month

hey say:

King Of Cowards opens with a simmer, a descending bass riff bubbling away until it boils over into an intergalactic launch of searing noise, and you’re reminded that this is a band of quite tremendous power. Baty’s vocals are more colossal than ever, surfing the monolithic wave with an almighty howl. The rest of the Pigs are on agile form, switching momentum from cosmic rushes to almighty, crushing descents without hesitation...

See the full piece here: The Quietus


4 Oct 2018

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album 'King of Cowards' is BBC6-Music's Album of the Day

Tune in to BBC6-Music today to hear tracks from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs new album 'King of Cowards' throughout the day as it is the stations ‘Album of the day’.

You think their audience is ready for this?

Listen here: BBC6-Music


Mamuthones to play Rome Psych Fest

Excited to announce that Mamuthones are taking their twisted kraut-funk-psych to this years Rome Psych Fest on 9/10 November.

Info and tickets can be found here: Rome Psych Fest


Raven Sings the Blues asked Goatman about his Hidden Gem(s)

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When Goat’s World Music found its way out I was immediately smitten, and certainly not alone it would seem. The album has marked many lists over the years and serves as the jumping off point for Goat’s dense catalog of borderless psychedelia. Now, with a solo album of Afro-funk rhythms and psych-folk freakouts of his own on the schedule I asked the band’s shrouded Goatman to weigh in on some overlooked fodder from the past. While the feature usually focuses on one album, there are, in fact, no rules to Hidden Gems. With that Goatman unearthed two gems from his past that he found intrinsically linked in space and time and by proximity of discovery. With that in mind he explores the impact of Robert Fripp’s League of Gentlemen and Carlos Garnett’s Black Love.

Goatman gives some insight into how he sees a connection between these two particular albums, “When I got you request I couldn’t choose between two albums. Both are very important to me. And even though they might seem like two very different albums to other people, to me, they are similar in many ways and they both captured what I appreciate most in music – high energy, rhythms, and above all, playfulness. I found both before I became an adult and felt then, and still do, that they are a mirror of my own musical force and direction... 

Read the full piece here: RSTB


The London Economic reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs album King of Cowards

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If there’s one thing that the members of Newcastle based doomed out stoner rock unit Pigs x 7 (or Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs if you want to take a big Ace Ventura style breath and have a go) have a pedigree in, it’s producing unhealthy amounts of noise. Featuring current and former members of rumbling drone outfit Khünnt, their more porcine pursuits see them upping the tempo and doling out troughfuls of groove without losing any of their muscular tone.

Opener ‘GNT’ throbs with wavering synths before a low down, dirty bass run ushers in the song proper, building tension like something out of a retro spy thriller, peppered with wails of listing guitar. The rest of the instrumentation comes crashing in, a fog of wobbly synths thickening things out like consommé as guitars spiral off into bluesy licks. Matt Baty’s distant, throaty shouts add a mean edge to the swaggering, 18 wheeler grooves and razor edged guitar swing, things coming to a head with a lurching slide based riff before fading out into ringing feedback...

Read the full review here: The London Economic


Soundblab reviews GOATMAN – Rhythms

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Goatman is one member of Sweden’s mysterious collective, Goat – who draw on the traditional and contemporary worlds to create experimental music without the structure that denotes much western music.

Without hearing any Goat before, I’m sold on the sound – smouldering 1970s African rock fusion to get you in a groove. This album oozes authenticity with each song it tackles, laying down a mixture of Afrobeat, Jazz, Gospel and rock/reggae with aplomb. Goatman plays all the instruments and enlists a few other Swedes to help him on his merry way.

The opener “Jaam Ak Salam” delivers the energy and conviction a fired up Kuti clan member would be proud of. Afrobeat with an edge and this can be seen throughout the album – the edge being an obvious enjoyment in creating and delivering music they are passionate about. Keyboards, brass, guitars, and vocals take turns leading a tribal chant underpinned by agile bass and percussion...

Read the full review here: Soundblab


The Student Playlist reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs King of Cowards

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Combining the sanctities of stoner rock and doom metal, Newcastle outfit Pigs x7 (their full band name is literally Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) and their three-track debut EP Feed The Rats, released last year, clocking in at almost forty minutes, was a sensational record thanks to the eclecticism drawn from artists like Mastodon, Motörhead and Black Sabbath. But what Pigs x7 did most effectively is mould the groove and muffled guitar tones of stoner rock/metal bands like Kyuss and Acid Bath with the repetitive but captivating nature of doom metal bands like Conan and Celtic Frost. In effect, there was a lot going on in the music and the same can be said for their sophomore follow-up King Of Cowards released through Rocket Recordings like their debut.

This time round, the album length is the same give-or-take but the song times are shorter plus the material is as ferocious as before. Furthermore, former Gnod member Chris Morley replaces Ewan Mackenzie on the drums. Starting off with ‘GNT’, Pigs x7 add a flavour of early Wolfmother into the mix for head-banging effect, superseding the eerie guitar noises from the intro. The guitar riffs are thunderously earth-shaking and Matt Baty’s vocals somewhat mirrors those of Jon Davis of Conan...

Read the full review here: The Student Playlist


3 Oct 2018

The Quietus's monthly psych give sPigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards some praise

At what point does a band that started out as a bit of a giggle stop being a bit of a giggle and start being the finest psychedelic-doom-metal-sludge-stoner-space-rock beat combo in the whole flipping nation?

On album number two, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs offer up double the number of songs than last time round (ie six rather than three) and the track lengths are shorter. The 6Music-baiting sellouts! No matter. If 'Cake Of Light' doesn't pummel as relentlessly as the two 15-minute smashers that bookended last year's Feed The Rats, then you can simply repeat-play the track on a constant loop until your brain caves in on itself. Job done.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are the latest stage in the evolution of Black Sabbath, or at least whatever the hell it was that Black Sabbath unleashed way back when. I don't mean heavy metal of course. I mean something stranger and more shamanistic. Something that lurks in the shadows before leaping out from an alleyway and chloroforming your pretty face so that when you wake up your irises have changed colour and you can no longer countenance Glastonbury...

Read the rest here: The Quietus


Brighton's Finest reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, or Pigs x7 to you and I, are a sound from a bygone era. Currently riding a wave which includes a sold-out show at The Hope & Ruin in November, the Rocket Recordings signees have released another early metal-styled record in the vein of Black Sabbath with enough lyrical and technical nuance to straddle it into a new era. A six-track hit of early metal, prog and a dose of devilish influences make Pigs x7 one of the most interesting cult bands around at the moment. King of Cowards is a fiendish, yet seductive, journey into the world of heavy metal and arguably, one of the most accessible metal records for a long while.

Opening with ‘Gnt’, which stars folk-hero and friend of the band Richard Dawson as part of the vocal choir, it’s an escalating and spiralling rhythmic display that dazzles and shocks in equal measure. Likewise, ‘Shockmaster’ showcases a terrific, almost hard rock style opening with an exceptional rise and fall that descends into the heaviest and most vocally hoarse track on the record. ‘A66’, meanwhile, features an ear-deafening, dynamic drum beat, and is an energetic number that once again galvanizes the record into a far bigger beast. In terms of consistency and record tempo, this is another fine addition for Pigs x7. Pulsating and frenetic, Pigs x7, after just two albums, have mastered putting a record together...

Read the rest here: Brighton's Finest


Teeth of the Sea's Your Mercury in 'The Quietus's Top 100 Albums in their 10 year existence'

We have been humbled to have The Quietus feature many Rocket albums over the last 10 years and we are humbled again to have one of our albums feature in their 'Top 100 Albums in the Quietus's 10 year existence:

The say:

98. Teeth Of The Sea - Your Mercury
(Rocket Recordings, 2010)

Potent and full-blooded next to their debut's amorphous, blurry post-rock, Your Mercury crafts a distinctive alloy of transcendental juju and Noise's junk art sensibility, toughened with marauding sci-fi Brit-prog, and occasionally blessed by minimalist ambience in the 80s post-Cluster vein.

See the full rundown here: The Quietus


The Grinding Halt say some words about GOATMAN and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs new albums

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs  – King of Cowards
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (mercifully shorthanded Pigsx7) is a Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK-based quintet. Stoner, psych, metal, doom – however you want to classify, the band’s chalice is full to the brim from the river Sabbath, and the resulting racket is glorious. Where previous efforts displayed a penchant for the long-form jam (2017’s Feed the Rats featured two tracks north of 15 minutes), the first offering from the recently released King of Cowards comes in at a tidy 3:45, and it’s all the better for it. It’s a masterclass in heavy – the drums fairly swing a la “Fairies Wear Boots”, the wailing vocals reminiscent as much of Ozzy or Lemmy as Jaz, feeling like an invocation (which would make sense, as the titular pastry is part of a eucharist associated with Alistair Crowley and possibly comprised of honey, red wine lees, oils and, um, bodily fluids of some sort – serve warm?). 


GOATMAN – Rhythms
The hooded Goatman is a member of the Swedish musical collective known as GOAT. “Jaam Ak Salam” was the first track released to promote his forthcoming long-player, Rhythms (since followed by the hippy gospel workout, “Carry the Load”). The track is an exhilarating, inspired fusion of African jazz, psych and middle eastern moods and textures. Lifting off on a furious wave of conga drums and sharply picked guitars, it quickly feels as though the players can barely contain themselves in the midst of the uplift (though, since Goatman himself plays most of the instruments, perhaps it is he whose control is suspect – and who can blame him?). Much is going on in the mix – declaratory horns, questioning keys and responsive palm wine (maybe?) guitar – all marshaled by guest vocalist Seydi Mandoza. Like the track itself, Mandoza’s heady voice flits from style to style, sounding a bit like a mix of Youssou Ndor and Charlie Chaplin (the toaster, not the actor) at points, before barreling through the last third of the tune with all of the fiery righteousness of a Richie Havens. It will leave you spent, and then have you hit ‘repeat’.

See the full piece here: The Grinding Halt 


2 Oct 2018

The Seventh Hex interviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

They say:

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - the Newcastle-based maximalists whose riffs, raw power and rancour have blazed a trail across the darker quarters of the underground in the last five years, have made a second album in ‘King of Cowards’ which does its damnedest to take consciousness to its very limits. The period since Pigs’ 2017 debut, ‘Feed the Rats’ - a mighty tsunami of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike - has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide, from the sweatiest of UK fleapits to illustrious festivals like Roskilde. This latest opus sees the band entering a new phase as a sleeker yet still more dangerous swineherd and a new approach being taken to its creation. The Iggy-esque drive to dementia, Sabbath-esque squalor and Motörhead-style dirt may still be present and correct yet the songs are leaner, the long-drawn-out riff-fests sharpened into addictive hammer blows and the nihilistic dirges of yore alchemically transformed into an uplifting and inviting barrage of hedonistic abandon… We talk to Matt Baty about guilt, Newcastle FC and a Twitter poll…

TSH: How would you summarise your songwriting approach in the lead-up to ‘King of Cowards’?

Matt: You know, I just embrace what’s coming out of me when it comes to my songwriting. Also, the way that we write music as a band is very organic too; we just get together and jam it out. For me, the themes for the album didn’t really start to materialise or click in my brain until the very last stages of completing and recording the album.

TSH: Do you opt to find a comfortable space and zone for when you’re penning lyrics?

Read the rest here: Seventh Hex


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Leeds show sells out and adds another!

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Leeds show at Temple of Boom has now sold out. But the band have announced a new show at the great Brudenell on 20 March


Bonnacons of Doom to support Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs in Stockton

After the sellout show at the Moth Club, Bonnacons of Doom are to support Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs again, this time in Stockton...also the amazingly names GG Allan Partridge are also on the bill!

Tickets here: Georgian Theatre


Psych Insight reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

They say:

It’s a sign of the progress that Pigs x7 have made in the last couple of years that my review of the band’s previous album ‘Feed The Rats‘ has had more than twice as many hits on it this year than in the whole of last year, when it was released in January. This is a pretty much unique phenomena for this website. This development is also reflected in this new release which eschews the long improvisations of ‘Feed The Rats’ in favour of shorter and more riff-driven tracks which pack the sort of punch that the excellent exception ‘Sweet Relief’ did on the last outing.

In doing so, however, Pigs x7 have not lost the elements that make them such a great proposition. They are still full-on, with the exception of final track ‘Gloamer’, which really does come as a sweet relief after the barrage of sound of the rest of the set which, according to vocalist Matt Baty, came together almost by chance.

It’s not just the deadly sins that are in play here, there are a series of absolutely killer riffs which drive this album along with Baty’s distinctive vocals which help set Pigs x7 apart from the herd, and warrant the attention that they seem to be getting. Indeed, it is very difficult to understate just how heavy this band is… how dirty these tunes are… and how absolutely unmistakable their sound is. Here’s exhibit one...

See the full review here: Psych Insight


1 Oct 2018

The Skinny reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

They say:

Newcastle's Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have caused a bit of a storm since the release of their 2017 debut album, Feed the Rats. Glasgow fans especially will know them for their close relationship with The Cosmic Dead, but even beyond that, over the past couple of years, Pigs x7 have garnered a formidable cult following in the sludge-metal scene of the UK and Europe due to their intense live performances. 

A year and a half on and the northeast quintet have returned with their second full-length King of Cowards, which sees the band eschew their earlier style of writing longer more jammed-out pieces in favour of more focused riff-laden tracks, and for the most part, it's benefitted them massively. Local folk-hero Richard Dawson makes an appearance on the album's opener GNT as part of the vocal choir (he shares bassists with Pigs x7) and the track itself is a Black Sabbath-indebted rock'n'roll masterstroke. 

From there, King of Cowards progresses in a highly pleasing way as lead vocalist Matt Baty lyrically explores the seven deadly sins across the record's six tracks. This is metal bursting with imagination and innovation, which any fan of the genre will surely get behind while mentally rolling through the valley of darkness until arriving at the initially comparatively subdued Gloamer, which sees the record off brilliantly. 

See the review here: The Skinny


Beak and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs announce Bristol charity show

Beak and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are playing a very special charity show in Bristol on 10 December at Fiddlers.

A night definitely not to be missed!

Buy a ticket here: Bristol Ticket Shop


The press release reads: 

Beak> present Give A Shit Christmas
Fiddlers Willway Street, Bristol, BS3 4BG. 
Monday 10th December. 7pm ‘til late.

Beak> - Bristol’s finest purveyors of musical rolling thunder - have announced details of a one-off hometown Christmas party being thrown in support of three of the area’s homeless charities. 

Give A Shit Christmas takes place at Fiddlers and features live sets from Beak> (“They’ve held a definite presence over the Bristol and UK rock scenes over the last decade, but it’s of an eerily gothic form – their mossy, spectral music being something that you know you’ve heard somewhere but can’t really place or lay a finger on” The Quietus) and the mighty PigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigs (“A live experience like no other, the Newcastle band's maximalist take on brown acid psychedelia has pummeled craniums across the country and beyond” Clash) alongside a DJ set from the international wrong ‘un crew Dads On D*ugs. There will also be a raffle and an auction of donated prizes hosted by Martin Roberts from Homes Under The Hammer. 

All proceeds from Give A Shit Christmas will be shared between a trio local charities offering much needed support for the homeless during the festive season:

Wild Goose Centre
Feed the Homeless 

Tickets cost £15 and are available in person from Friendly Records and online from the Bristol Ticket Shop. 

Beak> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow and Will Young. Their third album >>> is out now on Invada. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs second album King of Cowards has just been released on Rocket Recordings. 


Terrascope reviews Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King of Cowards

They say:

(LP/CD/DL from Rocket Recordings ) 

Pigsx7 and I have a knack of missing each other (something they will hitherto be unaware of). I can definitely count on the fingers of Django Reinhardt’s left hand the times where we’ve been in the same place and I’ve been unable to catch their set, usually because of scheduling. In fact to make doubly sure of maintaining a 100% record in this regard, neither of us turned up for Rocket 20 in London back in March. As if by way of atonement, though, I do recall purchasing an album from singer Matt Baty’s Box Records stall at Supersonic in June. It was a hard-to-find Blown Out album as I recall, they being Matt and company’s superior “space rock” alter egos and a right blast they are (and yes I have seen them live and will do again, soon).

The Pigs sound has not evolved too much since 2017’s incendiary and hugely regarded debut, Feed The Rats. For all that we have six tracks here instead of the three on Rats the basic cocktail is still comprised of heavy metal boogie interspersed with throttled back bludgeon riffola, over which loud, bare-chested shouty vocals strive manfully. Much fun indeed, and no-one but the irredeemably hard of hearing is likely to complain about either a subdued or a muddy mix. Oh my ears!

To the sharp end, then, and ‘GNT’ flies out of the traps sounding for all the world like Lemmy fronting a metal tribute to ‘Spirit In The Sky’. Listen carefully and you’ll pick up some twiddly bits of synth and a vocal ensemble featuring estimable Richard Dawson, fellow Tynesider and beloved alt-folk type, in whose live band Baty and bass player John-Michael Hedley play, implausible though that may seem.  ‘The Shockmaster’ is a gentle, waif fronted ballad built around harp and hand crafted penny whistle. No don’t be silly, this lot prostrate themselves at the feet of Tony Iommi and co – we are all Sabbath now after all. ‘A66’ as you might expect is a pummelling driving song (serving Penrith to Scotch Corner it will be familiar to these natives of NE England). It perambulates through a number of stages, at its best evoking the skronking, Hawkwind turbo thrust of yester-yore and closer in spirit to the afore-mentioned Blown Out. And so it goes. By the time ‘Thumbsucker’ gets stuck in I’m pretty much warming to the task although there’s probably little to choose between that and the other tins on the shelf. The exception that proves the rule is ‘Gloamer’, which slows things down a tad and on which Baty’s alternately spoken and shouted vocal adding to the darkening menace. They might just have saved their best ‘til last.

Comparisons with Grateful Dead are hardly likely to abound although much like the noodling ones you can’t help thinking that Pigs’ studio work is probably best appreciated having seen them live. This is where I came in, I think.
Ian Fraser

See the review here: Terrascope