The Pigs prefer to blow house down
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.