Formed in Birmingham in 1984 by former Hysterics-era Nightingales guitarist Nick Beales, Svor Naan (sax, ex-Cravats), Jonathan Cooke (bass) and a teenage Fuzz Townsend who would enjoy commercial success later with Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace.
Between 1985-87 Pigbros released four 12" eps and one lone long player during their brief career, as well as recording two sessions for the John Peel show. However, with the odd exception, none seemed to capture the excitement and intensity as their live shows, as this excellent audience recording will hopefully demonstrate.
Their sound conjured up images of a group perfrming in a disused warehouse on an isolated, vacated industrial estate post-Orwellian nightmare. The bari(mono)tone of Nick Beales vocal delivery sounded like Ian Curtis impersonating a heavy smoking Dalek with binary coded lungs saturated in phlegm! However, any permeation of pervading doom was lightened with the powerhouse - at times funky - grooves of Fuzz Townsend.
In fact the group were not adverse to dabbling with showmanship; whenever it was time to play Excessive, Fuzz would bring a tin bath onto the stage to bash out the rhythms on.
Like Bogshed, Pigbros have yet to receive the digital reissue treatment and were disappointingly not included on the recent Scared To Get Happy box set.
Many thanks to Paul Symons from The Yeah Yeah Noh Ropey Audio Emporium for the recording.
Face Of Baby
Still Goes On
Both the group's Peel sessions are available to download @ Cliff Richard's Neck