Sunday 29 October 2023

PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS - Live In New York (Album Review)

Release Date: October 27th 2023. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD/Vinyl

Live In New York - Tracklisting

1.Mr Medicine (Live) 03:30

2.Rubbernecker (Live) 04:46

3.Ultimate Hammer (Live) 04:51

4.World Crust (Live) 02:53

5.Big Rig (Live) 07:34

6.Terror's Pillow (Live) 05:13

7.GNT (Live) 06:56

8.A66 (Live) 09:48


Doom/Stoner Rockers PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS aka PIGSx7 return with their first live album which is captured from their April 2023 performance at New York’s Mercury Lounge. The US Tour was in support of their acclaimed 2023 album Land Of Sleeper which is perhaps PIGSx7 most accessible and crazed release to date with it’s catchy grooves and sludgy hooks.

Live In New York sees the band put in a barnstorming performance that features tracks from their last few albums which is mostly a collection of fan favourite tracks such as Mr Medicine, Rubbernecker, Ultimate Hammer and Big Rig. There’s a raucous Punk Rock quality to the PIGSx7 live performance that their studio albums can’t quite capture. I’ve seen the band multiple times over the years and they never cease to disappoint by putting in a highly energetic performance where the band always have demented fun up on stage.

This live album does a terrific job in capturing the raw energy and seedy Psychedelic Doomed Out grooves the band are known for. It’s great to hear this album is not overly produced and it’s close to the live PIGSx7 experience that you possibly realise.

The instrumental work is thrilling and intense throughout with PIGSx7 just doing what they do best with not a care in the world especially on the more rebellious tracks on the album such as Rubbernecker, Ultimate Hammer, Terror’s Pillow and A66. The audience in attendance at this gig really seem to be having a blast with PIGSx7 which you can hear in the background at various points of the live recording.

PIGSx7 are from my hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England and I’m really proud of how these guys have achieved in their careers by talent, sheer hard work, grit and a solid steely determination which I feel is shown through their music. Live In New York is quite raw-sounding and unapologetic with the collection of tracks that PIGSx7 play here. However, it’s also a genuinely exciting, catchy and aggressive sounding record that offers huge amounts of fun within its 45 minute running time. 

Live In New York offers fans the perfect chance who have never seen the band live in action what they actually sound like on stage and this album captures this experience almost perfectly with a “NO FRILLS” approach allowing this record to be one of the essential Live Albums to own in 2023. 

PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS are going from strength to strength and they’re only going to get bigger and better in the years to come. Live In New York is another wickedly entertaining release to own and to add to your PIGSx7 collection.

Awesome stuff. End Of.

Words by Steve Howe

Live In New York is available to buy digitally and limited edition vinyl now.


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