Industrial-Rock Icons PIG @Cattivo 8/12

PIG are setting out on a North America tour. Raymond Watts is the mastermind behind PIG. He is also a founding member of the legendary band KMFDM. They will be on tour with Julien-K (ex-Orgy members) and Ghostfeeder. The tour is in support of their new album “The Gospel” and EP “Prey & Obey”. Below you can find the video for title track of their new EP.

<PÎG> is Raymond Watts, a British musician whose brand of electronic rock is danceable and deadly serious in turn. Watts’s words spring from the well of gallows humour in a world of corruscating cruelty and truth. <PÎG> climbs peaks and mines troughs, and musical genres slide and collide like tectonic plates.

Berlin years
In 1986 Raymond Watts awoke in West Berlin. It was a time of terror and turmoil, in a city so depraved and decadent that the East Germans had walled it in. Watts had cut his teeth on tape loops in London and Hamburg, but inspired by Berlin’s fetid air and his first 8-bit sampler, Watts gave birth to <PÎG> in 1988, when <PÎG> was cut from his belly with a rusty screwdriver in a basement opposite The Wall. The first squeals were committed to tape, and saw the light of day as A Poke in the Eye. Wax Trax! jumped to release it.

A year earlier, in Hamburg, he was bludgeoning the first KMFDM album into shape with En Esch and Sascha Konietzko. He had also helped deliver the sonic slaughter of Einsturzende Neubauten, Psychic TV and most of the Berlin and Hamburg underground, as both live and studio sound engineer, and producer.

After writing the music for the second KMFDM album, Watts then slipped away to tour with Foetus, playing keyboards and guitar.

Praise the Lard
When The Wall collapsed, the party was over. Watts returned to London and <PÎG> albums poured forth: Praise the Lard, A Stroll in the Pork, Shit For Brains, Red Raw & Sore and The Swining. Watts programmed, produced and performed, ploughing a lone furrow until Karl Hyde, singer and sinner with Underworld, came to his assistance on guitars followed by Steve White.

Watts had also developed a taste for all things Japanese. His label was based there, his morals were parked there and <PÎG> had toured there many times. He was soon involved with a highly successful bunch of ne’er-do-wells called Schaft. Their album Switchblade, and a sold-out tour, followed.

Back to Wax Trax!
In 1994, <PÎG> opened for NIN. This led to <PÎG>’s Sinsation album being released on Nothing Records — and then a return to Wax Trax! for Wrecked.

Watts also rejoined KMFDM in 1994, for the <PÎG> v KMFDM EP Sin, Sex & Salvation. On the ensuing album Nihil Watts resumed writing and vocal duties and several heaving tours followed, with Watts orchestrating the chaos from centre stage like a rampant ringmaster armed only with talent and tequila.

Monster
When not on tour, Watts could be found in his Ranch Apocalypse studios in London, working on <PÎG>’s No One Gets Out of Her Alive, Prime Evil, Disrupt Degrade & Devastate and the KMFDM albums Symbols, Attak and WW111. On the album Genuine American Monster, Watts reunited with legendary guitarist Guenter Schulz.

While in Toyko, Watts gave birth to the band Schwein with Sascha Konietzko and the Japanese musicians Sakurai and Imai. The albums Schweinstein, Son Of Schweinstein and a sold-out tour ensued.

After releasing the <PÎG> album Pigmartyr (Pigmata on Metropolis), Watts spent time in London indoctrinating his piglets and initiating them into the parish of the pork. When not leading his children down the path of righteousness, he could be found writing music for fashion and films for Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Marios Schwab, Halston, The Row and others. He also wrote music and did sound design for Punk: Chaos to Couture, the exhibition at the Met in New York.

Savage Beauty
In the final show before his death, Alexander McQueen commissioned Watts and John Gosling, Watts’s old partner-in-crime from Psychic TV days, to embellish the serene instrumental track Inside, from <PÎG>’s Genuine American Monster album. This became the soundtrack to what is seen as McQueen’s masterpiece, Plato’s Atlantis. This show was reprised as the finale of Savage Beauty, the McQueen retrospective that broke all records at the Met in New York and the V&A in London. He also wrote other original music and did sound design for the show.

Last year, in 2015, <PÎG> dipped his trotter in the trough once more, and released both the much lauded <PÎG> v Primitive Race EP Long in the Tooth, and the Compound Eye Sessions: <PÎG> v MC Lord of the Flies (aka Marc Heal, of Cubanate).

The Gospel
The Primitive Race collaboration brought together Watts and Mark Thwaite, of The Mission, Tricky and Peter Murphy fame, amongst many others. Together they set about writing what would become the main column of misery around which the new <PÎG> album, The Gospel, has been built. Watts’ newest partner in swine, Z. Marr of Combichrist fame, shared production and writing duties.

The new <PÎG> album, The Gospel, is a collection of twelve songs of ruin, redemption, resolution and resurrection. Across this tale of grime and punishment En Esch and Guenter Schulz leave their unmistakable trail of greasy fingerprints.

2016 tour
<PÎG> will be alive and kicking across North America this fall, on the American Excess tour. The live band will comprise Raymond Watts, En Esch, Guenter Schulz, Z. Marr and Galen Waling.

Copyright Raymond Watts 2016 (from https://pigindustries.com/home )

Bad Seed Rising @Diesel on 5/14

Bad Seed Rising will remain on the road forever! The band will hit the tour circuit with Eyes Set to Kill this spring, and then return to Warped Tour for the second summer in a row. Check out the band’s single “Fighting Gravity” and their recent interview with Buzzfeed. Their Roadrunner debut Awake in Color is out now.

 

The band is playing Diesel in Pittsburgh, PA on 5/14.

Safe In Sound Festival Hits Pittsburgh Nov 18th

safe-in-sound-squareSafe In Sound Festival is the biggest touring festival of its kind. The bass heavy tour featuring sound system legends, PK Sound, is back for its third annual run touching down in over 25+ cities across the states. I thought it might be of interest to you that Safe In Sound will be coming to Pittsburgh on Friday November 18th to take over the Diesel Club Lounge.

The lineup for the Pittsburgh stop is:

Borgore (Headlining)

Snails (Co Headlining)

The one of a kind, bass crazed, Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Safe In Sound Festival is back for its third year running. The festival is set to tour the United States, kicking off in Houston, Texas early September and will run its course with over 25 stops including cities such as Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and many more across the states. Per usual, the festival is bringing along the sound system legends, PK Sound to handle and gracefully share the sonic madness of the bass that Safe In Sound is known for.

Borgore will be overseeing most stops of the festival, with special guest headliners such as Flux Pavilion, Brillz, Zomboy, Slander, SNAILS, Ookay, and NGHTMRE.  Additional support comes from electronic acts such as Terravita, Dirtyphonics, Must Die!, and a handful of others. There’s something refreshing about one day festivals, especially those that tour so don’t miss your chance to get yourself wrapped up in some bass driven. Tickets for all announced dates are available for purchase, below is the ticket link with the dates listed. Please note that more dates will be announced.

Safe In Sound is proud to welcome its partners and sponsors Rockstar Energy Drink, Aircom Audio, Cosmic Fog, Sound Rink and Peta2.

Tickets Here

10/31 – Kansas City MO – Arvest Bank Theater
11/4 – Broomfield (Denver) CO – 1st Bank Center
11/18 – Pittsburgh PA –  Diesel

11/19 – Atlanta GA – Atlanta Coliseum
11/25 – Sacramento CA – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
11/26 – Berkeley CA – UC Theater
+ many more TBA

Zakk Wylde Debuts “Sleeping Dogs” Feat. Corey Taylor Music Video

U.S. / CANADIAN TOUR DATE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
BOOK OF SHADOWS II OUT NOW
Zakk Wylde - Sleeping Dogs ft. Corey Taylor
Zakk Wylde – “Sleeping Dogs” ft. Corey Taylor
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August 22, 2016 — Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new music video for his latest single “Sleeping Dogs” featuring Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman COREY TAYLOR. The track has gone on to become the most successful active rock radio single of Wylde’s career reaching as high as #22 in the U.S. and #11 in Canada. Directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich, the video can be seen below.

The new video is being released on the heels of Zakk Wylde’s memorable performance in Glendale, AZ  opening up for GUNS N’ ROSES last week on their current “Not In This Lifetime” tour.

Zakk Wylde is currently on the tail end of a a U.S. and Canadian tour in continued support of his new LP, Book Of Shadows II. Wylde is hitting over 40 cities spread out across the U.S. and Canada which included a highlighted performance at Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal on August 7th, a first for him as a solo artist. Tickets are on sale now here, including VIP upgrades in all markets. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Jared James Nichols will serve as support.

Wylde will continue touring through the end of October, this time with ZAKK SABBATH serving as support for CLUTCH. ZAKK SABBATH includes himself, bassist Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE, ROB ZOMBIE) and drummer Joey Castillo (DANZIG, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) performing onlyBLACK SABBATH songs. Click here for more info.

8/23: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
8/25: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/26: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
8/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
8/28: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/30: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
8/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/1: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
CLICK HERE FOR ALL TOUR DATES
Book Of Shadows II was released on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), Zakk Wylde’s first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favorite. The album debuted at #2 on the Independent Chart, #3 on the Rock Chart and # 6 on the Current Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been,Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

“Whether he’s unplugged or fully electric, Wylde’s guitar skills are never in doubt, and that’s definitely the case on Book of Shadows II. Certainly not a party album, it’s one better enjoyed kicking back, mellowing out and letting the emotions wash over you.” LOUDWIRE

“Somber, introspective, and Allman-esque, Wylde integrates soulful acoustic singer-songwriting with a strong ensemble and a variety of contemplative moods.” VINTAGE GUITAR

1. Autumn Changes
2. Tears of December
3. Lay Me Down
4. Lost Prayer
5. Darkest Hour
6. The Levee
7. Eyes of Burden
8. Forgotten Memory
9. Yesterday’s Tears
10. Harbors of Pity
11. Sorrowed Regret
12. Useless Apologies
13. Sleeping Dogs
14. The King
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Zakk Wylde - Sleeping Dogs
“Sleeping Dogs” Official Music Video
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