“SONG FOR EWE”
with JOHN-MICHAEL HEDLEY of
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have very much captured the consciousness of the alternative cognoscenti since they last appeared on these pages for an extremely popular Lucky 7. Their tune “Cake of Light” has been inescapable in my house, as when I’ve not been playing it, it’s been on heavy rotation on 6Music and recently when I was watching Oh Sees at the Forum, the Pigs were all me and my buds and many around me were talking about. The name helps obvs, but the music too is a force of nature. And although I already knew singer Matt was a good fella from day job dealings when the band did a sesh recently on Marc Riley’s show, it’s clear they are all not only good sticks but they also know one end of a tune from another, as a band with truly multi faceted heaviness. Plus recently from their tour van they tweeted a competition to win a band tee based on what brand and type of crisp are you and why, and what’s not to love about that?
With their new album “King of Cowards” (Rocket Recordings) out next week on 28th September, these are exciting times. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it several times, and it’s seismic. Like the best of Hawkwind meets Sleep “Dopesmoker” with vocals somewhere between Lemmy, David Yow and Pissed Jeans’ Matt Korvette, and a Tad of Black Sabbath, for a debut album it’s a real tour (van) de force with the emphasis on the force. Today on Velvet Sheep i’m pleased to welcome back the bassist of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, John-Michael Hedley!
But first, check out the occulty delights of new vid “GNT”…buckle up.
Here’s some key dates for your diary:
28th Sept 2018 – MOTH Club (SOLD OUT) – album “King of Cowards” out
29th Sept 2018 – Rough Trade East, London – Buy the album and get tickets to that here…
4th April 2019 – Scala, London – the big one!
But before all that monolithic mayhem, what has John-Michael chosen as his pleasingly but unsurprisingly esoteric “song for ewe”? Without further ado…
“The song I’m going for is ‘Okra’ by ‘Tyler, The Creator’ – I’ve been thoroughly addicted to this track since I first heard it a month or so ago. I’ve always been drawn to heavy bass and straight up laid down beats, this track utterly pushes all of my buttons and i can’t get enough of it. It immediately puts me in a good mood, what more do you want?!
His vocal delivery does something funny to my insides too, in the same way Earl Sweatshirt manages to. There’s a certain off beat laziness to it which i love, the whole of Odd Future collective seem to nail this. The aesthetic of the video is class too. There were quite a lot of other contenders for my ‘Song For Ewe’, but nothing has came close to my love for this song in recent weeks. The only issue i have with it, is that its only 2:31 long…
A special shout out to my pal Kieran for putting me onto OFWGKTA.”
One of my other contenders was Stone Cold Steve Austin’s WWF entrance music… Its an absolute banger.
THANKS SO MUCH TO JOHN-MICHAEL, AND ALSO TO MATT BATY, JOHN ESPLEN (WIPE OUT PUBLISHING) AND RACHEL SILVER (SILVER PR).
You can get “King of Cowards” here…
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In case you missed it last time, here’s the Pigs x7 Lucky 7 for VS…