Blackpool noise makers Dü Pig would like you to think they’re a pretentious lot, when in reality “We sound like The Chipmunks fronting Black Sabbath. Or a grunge Steps.”
The trio of Shaun (vocals and guitar), Sabs (bass) and Sellers (drums) have been together for a couple of years, in which time they’ve somehow managed to release seven EPs. But, as Shaun tells us, they initially started out with the intent of starting “a brutally atonal art-mathrock band” which fell apart when he made the mistake of writing actual songs in 4/4.
Their EP, C’Thattül side a, was recorded in a day with Simon from Blanket, and that seemingly gave them a ravenous taste for relentless writing and recording. And that eventually led them to self-recording, which first emerged on Trough Enough and has extended into recording EPs for fellow Blackpool bands The Drop Out Wives and Shady Poets.
As Shaun says: “It’s been nice learning how to do this kind of thing gradually as I’m going along and, because I’m a complete amateur, it’s hellishly good fun. The next plan is to get some kind of actual recording studio setup, and develop a genuinely creative hub of like-minded noisy idiots.”
The latest in their multitude of musical content is the highly unusual move of crafting a 26-minute long track Iggle Du Piggle (parts ii to ix) on latest ‘EP’ C’Thattül side b.
This prompted the obvious question: ‘Why?’ To which, Shaun responded: “The short answer is, why not? I don’t know, there are a gazillion reasons… all of them silly and petty. I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed at songs that are basically a jingle dragged out to three minutes and set out to craft a ‘song’ that you have to devote time and energy to listen to. It’s an investment. And, hopefully, more rewarding than listening to a three minute TV advert. The basic idea stemmed from a seven-minute song on our first EP, which was initially going to form a ‘drowning’ trilogy of songs but, once we started writing it, became a ‘story’ in ten parts.
“And, how do we remember it? We’re not even going to try, because I have the worst memory in the world. It would be foolish to attempt to play it live! We self-recorded onto digital 8-track, mixing down the parts as we went along. Some of the sections were pre-written, and some were written as we were recording. Essentially, though, the whole song is presented exactly as it was recorded. There are overdubs, for sure, but we purposely avoided going down the copy and paste or fix-it-afterwards route that’s getting far too easy – and also noticeably apparent – on a lot of recent releases.”
And in terms of their sound, you can expect a load of filthy fuzzy guitars and catchy vocals in a big blitz of punky rocky noise. Check out the excellent Rockweiler below to get a taste for it.
Unsurprisingly, their musical influences are many and wide-ranging, from Shellac to Richard Dawson and, we suspect rather tongue-in-cheek the suggestion of Daphne & Celeste’s most recent album being a pop masterpiece. As Shaun explains: “I’m always kind of being torn between folk-troubadour, ridiculously heavy grunge and pop sensibilities when I’m writing.”
“(I have) a genuine deep need to create riffs and melodies and funny noises. I try and keep my lyrics shrouded in mystery. They’re what you make of them, although they might mean something else to anyone else. That said, the new 26-minute oddness is specifically about Iggle Piggle from In The Night Garden, adrift on the ocean, dying of exposure, hallucinating a dream world, being saved by the Lovecraftian Pig Of The Deep, and bringing about the end of the human race. It’s pretty specific, that one.
“But it also covers themes of lost love, money worries, suicide, addiction so… there’s a lot of sub-plots in there. It also might not actually mean any of those things. It is what you make it.”
Unsurprisingly, Dü Pig are in the middle of recording a new EP. The latest is chocked full of collaborations with their favourite local singers and musicians and should be out in the next few weeks. You can also see them for yourselves at Bootleg in Blackpool on 19 May and at Messtival in July.