20 Oct 2018
North East greats Pigs x7 return to our consciousness with superb new album ‘King of Cowards’ and its supporting UK tour. Damian Robinson caught up with guitarist Adam Ian Sykes to talk about the recording process and the challenges of being such an intense band.
We’re loving the new album. Approaching its release to the general public, how are you finding the initial reaction?
It’s been very humbling to hear that people are enjoying it so much. A slight change of direction always leaves you with a faint inner voice telling you people aren’t going to gel with it to the same degree as past releases but thankfully, so far, the reception’s been great. Of course, we’re not going to hear much criticism direct to our weathered faces and a quick vanity search on twitter brings up the odd putdown, which, in its own way, is refreshing to see also.
Given your reputation as a dynamic live band, does studio recording come as a hindrance in any way?
Not at all. Sam owns Blank Studios here in Newcastle and he designed and built the space himself which makes recording a lot less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. Playing live is a different beast: in a lot of ways it’s the most enjoyable part of Pigs, but after a long period of writing and gigging, getting into the studio is refreshing...
Read the rest here: NE Volume
19 Oct 2018
Hot off the press we have a new repress of GOAT's mighty debut album World Music – this latest version comes in a 'red & green' psych swirl colour and you can order now via here: Bandcamp
And don't forget there is also a ltd edition picture disc version of the album we made for our 20th Anniversary.
Flowers Must Die have announced a Margate show for the day after their support slot with the Heads at the 100 Club.
Connect Nothing With Nothing presents:
Flowers Must Die
Elsewhere (21-22 The Centre, CT9 1JG Margate, Kent)
Sunday December 2 2018
Info and tickets here: Connect nothing with nothing
17 Oct 2018
Name, where are you from?
Adam Ian Sykes of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. We’re from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Home of Mark Knoplfer and unfortunately, Sting.
Describe your style in three words?
Monotonous, monotonous, monotonous.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
It may have to be either Oren Ambarchi or an Earth show, mantric like no-one else.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Playing with Earth would be nice. And, my God is it cliché but Hendrix would be even nicer.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
I guess, because of the music we make and the biggest influences on that, it would have to be heavy metal. Especially given that it’s such a broad subculture and one that, arguably blurs into Punk.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Alice Coltrane, from both a musical perspective and a spiritual one.
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
It would likely be Vera in Groningen. A beautiful venue, flexible in size and with an amazing candle-lit bar downstairs built into what feels like a cave. It’s volunteer run and the staff couldn’t be more friendly or attentive...
Read the rest here and listen to the playlist here: Fred Perry
16 Oct 2018
The amazing Print Project have once again come up with a killer poster for their recent Golden Cabinet event which was curated by the mighty GNOD R&D.
You can pick one up here: Print Project
15 Oct 2018
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