The Pigs pre­fer to blow house down

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

BE­LIEVE it or not, Pigs do fly – all the way to Europe and back. And the rowdy Syd­ney blue­grass band has the pics to prove it!

Not they will be show­ing any of them when they bring their unique brand of mu­sic to The Coolan­gatta Ho­tel for their tri­umphant Gold Coast re­turn on Oc­to­ber 11.

The band – brothers T-Bone and Stretch Pig on lead vo­cals and acous­tic gui­tars, Cousin Archie Pic­colo Latte Pig on dou­ble bass and Cousin Shamus on a stand-up drum kit – has just re­turned from a five-week cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence in Europe, play­ing fes­ti­vals in Den­mark and Ger­many, pick­ing up favourable and in­ter­est­ing re­views along the way. Stretch says the Euro­pean au­di­ences love some­thing dif­fer­ent – and The Pigs (pic­tured) are cer­tainly that.

‘‘They have a pretty good han­dle on English, though there were a few be­wil­dered looks for some of our songs, es­pe­cially Ma­cho Mois­turiser, which we had to trans­late in Ma­cho Feuchtigkeitscreme – a chal­lenge to sing but it worked,’’ Stretch says.

‘‘Some of the trans­la­tions of re­views were pretty out­there as well. We’ve been called a lot of things in our time but never ‘mood guns’. We love it.’’

Hav­ing proved they can take their mu­sic any­where, The Pigs are back on the Gold Coast af­ter their well­re­ceived set at the in­au­gu­ral Broad­beach Coun­try Mu­sic fes­ti­val in June.

They have a new sin­gle as well – The Colour of The Light Com­ing Down, a pul­sat­ing punk/blue­grass cross fea­tur­ing that dis­tinc­tive Pigs’ acous­tic sound, from their lat­est al­bum, The Great Blue­grass Swin­dle.

Stretch says he and his band­mates’ big­gest dis­ap­point­ment on their Euro­pean tour was their in­abil­ity to find T-Bone a woman.

‘‘We all tried hard for him but the girls over there seemed more in­ter­ested in the ‘at­tached’ Pigs than T-Bone so we are hop­ing he can find love in Coolan­gatta,’’ Stretch says.

For­tu­nately for their Aussie fans, The Pigs won’t be wear­ing leder­ho­sen but will stay true to their ‘uni­form’ – blue sin­glets. Stretch says they will also bring along Cousin Montz, on banjo, from Tassie for the Coolan­gatta show.

Renowned for their mix of orig­i­nals (such as What the W Stands For, Back­door Lovin’, She Wants Your Kid­ney, Adrian Mar­ried A Me­gaspunk) and amaz­ing pop cov­ers (Kanye West’s Gold Dig­ger), The Pigs’ shows are full of fun. But The Pigs are also se­ri­ously great mu­si­cians who can turn any song into a blue­grass clas­sic – from Pump Up The Jam to Bey­once’s Sin­gle Ladies.

If there’s one thing to be said of a Pigs’ show, it’s that you won’t for­get it in a hurry.

– BOB AN­THONY

The Pigs play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 11.

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