PIG//CONTROL - s/t EP + ‘Trauma’ ep
PIG//CONTROL are hardcore in the absolute best sense of the word. Raw. Fast. Ugly.
Not only that but P//G have found something original in this giant cauldron of foaming soup we call punk..
The drumming on both ep’s is just relentless. Tempo’s change but the energy remains, driven through the walls by gut-rumbling bass and a guitar sound that is raw yet tight. Constantly in flux, like the beats.
When they played here, I felt my fist constantly being shoved into the air as one fast bit changed into another, constantly building the tension and the energy of the songs. The vocals too, are harsh and rabid. Like some determined hell-dog from Hades, the singer mangled himself within the crowd, spewing deformed words like a flaming spray can filled with bile!
The songs on the first ep are filled with feedback, that is used to create forms of painful melody, adding to the tense atmosphere, its a raw record start to finish.No letting up. Just horribly good hard punk .The second ep ‘Trauma’ represents the band particularly well and is just a raging hardcore record start to finish.
Imagine a band that has one foot deeply entrenched in that primitive and pared-back sound of the early 80’s, that spanned continents. Something that bands like WRETCHED and TOTALITAR and HERESY had in common, even if they all sounded quite different. Couple that with the boiling intensity of say DROPDEAD. The other foot is deep in the murky waters of Japanese Hardcore . There are even elements of weirder noizyer Japanese bands in here, but for the most part it is an ability to equalise and distort that makes this so listenable. That is not the only similarity to GAUZE either. It’s an ability to thrash and spew at speed without needing more than a hardcore template. Its fucking genius. PIG//CONTROL don’t sound like these bands, but there is a reason why they come to mind when I listen to them. Raw fucking Hardcore played by people who sound like they mean it.
The artwork and overall aesthetic of the two ep’s is really impressive too, and reminds me of bands like WARNING//WARNING in that it is done with what seems to be a great amount of passion and time.There are hand stamped labels, screen-printed sleeves, posters, lyrics and explanations as well as translations.
The lyrics themselves deal with many topics, including white German society and alienation from “the flock”, the Police State and the unaccountability of cops and the murders and abuse they commit. There is also commentary on the dead tradition of christian religion in western countries as well as ‘Fortress Europe’ ,the machine that it is, and the cold, relentless juggernaut that is modern European society.
When P//G played here in Dublin, the atmosphere was intense. The crowd looked like a spinning black clad ball of sweat and noise. The band raged, and strangled each other and laughed and spat and fell into the beer and the filth. It was fun and it was punk.
It reminded me why I love this shit.