Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have today announced their new album Land of Sleeper, to be released 17th February 2023 on Rocket Recordings.
They also share their addictive first single, the hard-hitting “Mr Medicine,”
Whether dwelling in the realm of dreams or nightmares, the primordial drive of the Newcastle-based band is more powerful than ever. Land Of Sleeper, their fourth record in a decade of riot and rancour, is testimony to this: the sound of a band not so much reinvigorated as channelling a furious energy, which only appears to gather momentum as the band’s surroundings spin on their axis.
The first song taken from the record comes in the compact form of “Mr Medicine”, a “song written to be a sonic arrow, purposefully succinct with no fat and no detours,” according to guitarist and producer, Sam Grant. The result is something as immediate, incessant and directed as Pigs have ever gotten – the audio equivalent of sticking a fork in plug socket.
Listen/share “Mr Medicine” HERE
“Music is a powerful medicine and it should be consumed daily for mental wellbeing. Mr Medicine’s faithful and highly regarded colleague is Doctor Gig, who we also have on speed dial,” Baty explains. “Lyrically I suppose the sentiment is not too dissimilar to Sister Sledge ‘Lost In Music’, only galvanised by heavy, heavy doses of distortion and really big drum fills.”
Throughout Land of Sleeper the intensity of feeling is writ large right from the pulverising drive of opener ‘Ultimate Hammer’, and its rallying cry “I keep spinning out, what a time to be alive”. Yet, whilst ‘Terror’s Pillow’ and ‘Big Rig’ are rich with the band’s trademark Sabbathian power, there’s scope this time around that supercedes anything they’ve previously attempted. Matt’s duet with the traditional folk vocals of Cath Tyler on the closing lament ‘Ball Lightning’, for example, is one particularly potent illustration of their expanded horizons.
In terms of emotional impact, a pinnacle on Land Of Sleeper is ‘The Weatherman’. Replete with devotional rapture and radiant intensity, the band’s attack slowed down to a mantric and mesmeric crawl, it marks a collaboration with the ululatory tones of Bonnacons Of Doom vocalist Kate Smith and a choir including Richard Dawson and Sally Pilikington.
For all that, the last few years have seen Pigs’ stature rise in the wake of triumphant festival slots and sold-out venues alike, this remains a band, consummated by bassist John-Michael Hedley, guitarist Adam Ian Sykes and returning drummer Ewan Mackenzie, who are fundamentally incapable of tailoring their sound to a prospective audience, instead standing alone and impervious as a monument of catharsis.
Last month Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs offered a first glimpse of the album in the form of a blistering live performance video of the track “Terror’s Pillow.”
Land of Sleeper is the band’s fourth studio album, recorded and mixed at Blank Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK by Christian Wright.
Smart pre-order link HERE
Land of Sleeper Tracklisting:
01. Ultimate Hammer
02. Terror’s Pillow
03. Big Rig
04. The Weatherman
05. Mr Medicine
06. Pipe Down!
07. Atlas Stone
08. Ball Lightning
17 Feb / Bristol / Rough Trade (Instore show/signing)
18 Feb / London / Rough Trade East (Instore show/signing)
19 Feb / Brighton / Chalk (Resident Records Outstore show/signing)
23 Feb / Gateshead / The Sage
24 Feb / Edinburgh / The Liquid Rooms
25 Feb / Kendal / The Brewery
26 Feb / Lincoln / Lincoln Drill Hall
02 Mar / Cambridge / Junction
03 Mar / Ipswich / The Baths
04 Mar / Hastings / The Crypt
05 Mar / Leicester / O2 Academy
13 Apr / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 Apr / Stoke-on-Trent / The Sugarmill
15 Apr / Hebden Bridge / Trades Club
16 Apr / Stockton on Tees / Georgian Theatre
20 Apr / York / The Crescent
21 Apr / Newport / Le Pub
22 Apr / Portsmouth / Wedgewood Rooms
23 Apr / Hertford / Hertford Corn Exchange
11 Mar / Brooklyn / St Vitus
15–18 Mar / Austin / SXS
21 Mar / Los Angeles / Zebulon
(Tickets for Brooklyn and LA shows go on sale from Friday November 4th)
All tickets via Pigsx7.com