Pigface return with '6'

Posted on 29/06/09

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Pigface return with '6'
Detroit-based label Full Effect Records announces the signing of Martin Atkins' legendary industrial band Pigface. Past Pigface members have included Trent Reznor (NIN), Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), and other notable artists. The new Pigface album, entitled "6" is released June 16th and has been seven years in the making. "6" features new and veteran Pigface contributors, such as En Esch (ex-KMFDM) and Chris Connelly. Note also that the release of "6" on Full Effect marks the very first time Atkins has put out a new full-length album on another label than his very own one, Invisible Records.

Here's what Atkins has to say about the long wait: "This process began before the last tour, way before it. Some tracks came together at the very end of the tour. Upon return, we all went immediately in the studio to see what we had (even Hanin Elais was there). Later, Chris Connelly came in to do vocals on "Electric Knives Club". Everything was going along very well (for a Pigface album) then I decided to go to China... In many ways my "China Dub Soundsystem" album was Pigface's "5.5". When I got back in late 2006, I started editing "16 Days in China" which just won the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at CIMM 2009. Before I went back to China in 2008, the guys from Zeromancer had dramatically re-worked "Mercenary". I took that hard drive into a huge, beautiful SSL studio (A String) in Beijing and mixed it there. So, yeah... this album has been a long time coming."

And here's what Atkins tells about the choice for Full Effect instead of his very own label Invisible Records: "Pigface has always been something different for me and looking at the prospect of releasing the album through my own channels I realized that I just didn't feel like it. I thought that maybe it was time for someone who would be enthusiastic about the finished album to sink their teeth into it. Does that make any sense? That, in some ways, for me, the album is finished. My A.D.D. brain is busy with plans for the publishing company and the new school I'm starting. But, for Tony and Full Effect it's just beginning. I'm excited to see what they can do with their machinery and interested in how not being responsible for all of this will free me up. I'm actually looking forwards to the prospect of a tour where everything isn't at my feet. I've know Tony for a long time - back from when I used to drink (that’s a long time) so this feels good to me."

Pigface was formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians, many of whom, especially early on, had recorded for the influential industrial music record label Wax Trax!. Trent Reznor was also an early partner, before Nine Inch Nails became a household name. "Suck", co-written and sung by Reznor, was something of an underground hit, and Reznor later re-recorded the song for the "Broken" EP.

Rieflin eventually left Pigface, leaving Atkins in charge. Hundreds of musical collaborators followed including members from Public Image Ltd., KMFDM, Chemlab, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Killing Joke, Sheep on Drugs, Static-X, Hate Dept., Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Orb, Front Line Assembly, Revolting Cocks, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Voices on Air, Throbbing Gristle, Pixies, The Sugarcubes and so on.

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Posted by: ElectronicBlueOcean on Jun 29, 09 | 11:43 pm

This album is fucking amazing. I bought it on iTunes and haven't a clue who's on it.

Posted by: sylver on Jun 29, 09 | 9:15 pm

In other words this release contains none of the artists worth a damn and is just more cash in Atkin's pocket. Sheep On Drugs anyone boxset anyone?

Posted by: The Horror Machine on Jun 29, 09 | 3:43 pm

Don't forget Curse Mackey, from Grim Faeries, was the lead vocalist for Pigface at a point in time.

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