ARTIST: We.The Pigs
RELEASE: DK31 EP
RELEASE DATE: 11/1/16
RECORD COMPANY: discosdekirlian
Straight out of left field & leading the sonic charge into 2016 comes a blissed out 8 track EP entitled ‘DK31’ from Swedish based 6 piece ‘We.the Pigs’, released via the brilliant Barcelona based independent record label ‘discosdekirlian’. This impressive release circles the shoegazing ether but also adds a killer punch with its noisy reverberating fuzz, soaring vocals, impressive synth swells, killer bass lines & charging drum patterns. ‘We.the Pigs’ are made up of Veronica, Martin, Fredrik, Niklas, Johan and Charley & collectively they create a melodic short, sharp infusion of ethereal shoegaze, noise pop, hazy dream pop & atmospheric rock. The band have been playing together for some time previous to this release & having played numerous festivals throughout Europe they finally dedicated themselves to the recording studio to finish this EP.
‘DK31’ opens up with a two minute, three second long wall of layered reverberating guitar that rides a monstrous drum arrangement, throbbing bass line & that addictively melodic vocal line. Simply put – ‘Papercut’ is a slice of noisy shoegazing heaven! Track 2 – ‘Fly’ introduces us to a melodic, guitar led, modern day musical gem thats infused throughout with a subtle but dreamy synth tone thats built to envelope that amazing vocal track. Screaming feedback announces the arrival of ‘It Didn’t Hurt’ & we’re instantly transported back to an early 1990’s shoegazing sound thats so good, its sure to peak the interests of the modern day underground shoegazing fraternity. ‘We.The Pigs’ slow proceedings down with the sonically brilliant ‘Something New’ & peel back the vocal effects so we can hear just how good Veronica’s vocal ability is. It’s another melodic, well structured track that can do no wrong in my eyes. Next up is a demo version of ‘Too Young’, a track that previously appeared on a discosdekirlian compilation release back in 2012 and features duel vocals, melodic guitars and pounding drums that would fit perfectly on an early release by seminal UK based shoegazers ‘The Telescopes’. Closing out the EP (Although surprisingly not listed on the labels bandcamp page) are demo versions of ‘Turn Her Down’, ‘It Didn’t Hurt’ & ‘Papercut’ that are all pleasing to the ear albeit a bit raw and full of distortion.
All of that aside, this is a stunning release and it took me by surprise if I’m honest. ‘We.the Pigs’ have a great knack of writing mesmerisingly short tracks that make a massive impact on delivery thus leaving the listener wanting more. Their catchy song writing abilities and the way they use melodic tone is instantly reminiscent of the early shoegaze & dreampop stalwarts who founded the genre! This song writing ability & proper record label support will hopefully propel them forward as they meander through an increasingly difficult modern day shoegazing world.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.