The Pigs: From Single Ladies and Gold Digger to Hillbilly Synthesiser

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The Pigs get personal with new album, Hillbilly Synthesiser
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Ever wondered where robot goats meet Barry White? On the latest album from hillbilly pop band, The Pigs, of course.

Their most personal offering to date, Hillbilly Synthesiser, was born somewhere between the rugged mountains of Australia and the electronic musical heart of Berlin, Germany, with the result being a unique collection of tracks from rocking tunes to bluegrass-laced numbers to their first love song.

Hillbilly Synthesiser is more pop-rock than any of their previous four albums, with The Pigs’ greatest wish being for listeners to squeal over the new offerings and listen multiple times to truly appreciate the lyrics of these songs.

“We spent a lot of time getting the right sounds for each song and using recording techniques to capture that,” T-Bone Pig said. “This album is very song based”.

Listeners are loving The Pigs new material with the first single, title track, Hillbilly Synthesiser, hitting the radio charts and coming in at No. 7 on the AMRAP AirIt Regional Chart in release week.  The single tells of the journey to a shack in the mountains of Australia where they find their friend building a homespun electronic instrument with inspiration from plenty of moonshine.

I really love old synthesisers,Stretch Pig said. “My imagination just went wild as I pictured this primitive, homemade synth that mythically comes to life.”

Starring 2016 Musical Saw World Champion, Cousin Azo Bell Pig, Hillbilly Synthesiser, their musical experimentation sets The Pigs apart from their musical compadres.

“The fact that it is all original means we’ve got some stories to tell with this album,” Stretch said. “There are a whole lot of interesting characters in there from the couple who get together and decide not to have sex to the Robot Goat that was created from a secret government experiment and becomes friends with a family and is on the run.

He added, “We want the listener to have fun with this album and we have a few different kinds of fun there. We have funny songs, catchy tunes that we hope people enjoy and a couple of songs on the bluegrassy edge of what we do and others that are more pop rock than we’ve ever done before.”

T-Bone Pig said that they had written the best songs they could, resulting in the album they wanted to make.  “We didn’t want to force anything on anybody, but we wanted to make the best album we could and people can take it how they want. Buffalo Dream is one of those songs you can read in different ways

Stretch also said this was the most personal album they had “dared to write”.  “It’s got our first love song on it,” he said.  “Can you believe it? After all these years, That Itch Is You is the first one!”

The Pigs will hit the road for the first six months of this year, playing much of the East Coast and all current dates are below.

Hillbilly Synthesiser was released on Friday, 18 January 2019 and launched during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It is currently available  on iTunes.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Capitol Theatre, TCMF, Tamworth NSW
Tickets available from the venue
24 – 26 January 2019
Longyard Hotel, TCMF, Tamworth NSW
Tickets available from
Friday, 8 February 2019
Oaks Hotel, Albion Park NSW
Tickets available from
Friday, 15 February 2019
Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW
Tickets available from Sticky Tickets
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Street Theatre, Canberra ACT
Tickets available from the venue
 Friday, 8 March 2019
Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Tickets available from the venue

Saturday, 9 March 2019
Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba NSW
Tickets available from Oztix

Friday, 5 April 2019
Wesley-Anne, Northcote Vic
Tickets available from Oztix
Friday, 10 May 2019
Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Tickets available from Oztix
Saturday, 18 May 2019
Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley Qld 
Tickets available from Eventbrite

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