Interview: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Sincerely, it's an honour, if not a little mind boggling. Some of our best memories playing in a band have been created performing at Raw Power and we're very much looking forward to making some more. 

With this years edition of Raw Power festival rapidly approaching, Gavin Brown caught up with a band who are synonymous with the festival in one of this years headliners, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. Speaking to vocalist Matt Baty, he told us all about the band’s history with the festival and what we can expect from their appearance at this year’s event as well as discussing all things Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs related and more.

E&D: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have played Raw Power numerous times over the years. What does the festival mean to you and the band?

Matt: Raw Power festival captures the zeitgeist of the more out-there scenes in the UK and beyond. It’s basically a gathering of all the best people involved in facilitating the healthy existence of leftfield music, from musicians and bands to promoters, labels and avid gig goers. It’s all the best people in one place. 

E&D: What are some of the things we can expect from your set at this year’s Raw Power?

Matt: Given the run of festivals we’ve had over the summer everything feels like it’s really locked in. We also have more amps, more cabs, more of everything. 

E&D: How does it feel to be back this year and playing a headline set at the festival?

Matt: Sincerely, it’s an honour, if not a little mind boggling. Some of our best memories playing in a band have been created performing at Raw Power and we’re very much looking forward to making some more. 

E&D: What performances that you have seen have been the most memorable at the festival over the years?

Matt: The Ex, ILL, Casual Nun, Luminous Bodies, Big Brave, Circle, Cocaine Piss. There’s also loads who’ve played the festival that I wished I’d seen but for one reason or another unfortunately missed. 

E&D: Who else are you looking forward to checking out at this year’s festival?

Matt: Unfortunately we’re only going to make it to the festival on the day we play but personally I’m hoping to catch Cocaine Piss, JOHN, THANK and Dave Terry.

 

E&D: If you could curate a day at the festival, who would you have playing?

Matt: Gary Numan, Stevie Nicks, Myley Cyrus, Black Sabbath, Anna Von Hausswolf. 

E&D: What has been the biggest display of raw power that you have ever seen in a live setting?

Matt: Lars Ulrich in artist catering at Roskilde 2018 eating more chicken nuggets than should be humanly possible while several people massaged his back with butter. 

E&D: What other gigs have Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs got planned for the rest of the year?

Matt: Loads of festivals – Rock Altitude in Switzerland, Sonic Blast in Portugal, End Of The Road, Krakenhaus, Future Now… there’s a few more that I can’t remember off the top of my head. My calendar is a mess… an exciting mess though. 

E&D: What have been some of the most memorable gigs that you’ve ever played?

Matt: Staying on brand, Raw Power 2016 and Raw Power 2018, then probably Supersonic Festival 2019, Supernormal Festival 2016, Scala London 2018, Elektrowerkz 2016.

E&D: What has been the most chaotic show that you’ve ever played?

Matt: Chaotic as in loads of things going wrong? Probably Glastonbury this year. 

E&D: What is the status about a follow up to your last album Viscerals?

Matt: The next album is recorded and mastered. We’re working on release timelines and what not now with the label. More news soon. 

E&D: Have you been pleased with how that album has been received?

Matt: Of course. The reception to this band in general has been and continues to be more than I ever could have dreamed of. 

E&D: Who are your favourite ever bands to come from Newcastle?

Matt: PJ & Duncan and Bong.

E&D: As Newcastle United fans, how do you think the team will do this season?

Matt: Just anywhere top 10 would be huge, I think they’ll be there or thereabouts. It’s very strange watching a Newcastle team who can string a few forward passes together. Going to take some getting used to.  

E&D: What do you want to achieve with the band in the future?

Matt: Sustainability. Really, I try not look too far down the road in terms of what this band can achieve. I continue to be surprised by the situations we find ourselves in and long may that continue. I guess there’s a couple of things that were on the horizon that the pandemic put the breaks on, so it’d be nice to pick some of that up again. Touring the US is one of those things. 

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