Five Quick Questions with Martin Atkins of Pigface
Photo Cred: Kara Hammond & NARASSep 26 2019
PIGFACE TOUR DATES:
Hello there Mr. Atkins and welcome to Brutal Resonance! I'd like to start off by thanking you for coming onto our lovely little site. Let's start off with a basic question: What are your top five favorite albums of all time?
Atkins: "Dreams Less Sweet" by Psychic TV, "First Edition" by PiL, "What's This For" by Killing Joke, "Expanded and Remastered" by Yes, and "Revert to Type" by Ruby. But these are cyclic so these are my current but they're likely to change in six months time.
Pigface has adopted, and I quote, a “revolving door” sort of membership. But, for this tour, who is coming along? Did you pick them yourself or were they added by other forces in the world?
Atkins: Pigface is a leap of faith, always. And it has never disappointed me or, I don’t think, an audience yet. People concentrate on the bigger names, but forget that when Trent was with Pigface he was an unknown who’d sold four-thousand albums:
Martin Atkins – PiL, Killing Joke; Mary Byker – Pop Will Eat Itself, Gaye Bykers On Acid; Curse Mackey – Evil Mothers; En Esch – KMFDM, PiG; Lesley Rankine – Silverfish, Ruby; Dirk Flanigan – 77 Luscious Babes; Charles Levi – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult; Bobdog Caitlin – Evil Mothers; Bradley Bills – Chant; Randy Blythe – Lamb of God; Orville Kline – Porn And Chicken; and Greta Brinkman - Moby, Druglord with occasional appearances and invaluable help from: Gaelynn Lea; Bruce Lamont – Brain Tentacles; Danny Carey – Tool; Greta Brinkman – Moby, Druglord; Jesse Hunt; Fallon Bowman – Kittie; Krztoff - Bile; Steven Siebold – Hate Dept; Lee Ann Murray – Beer Nuts; Martin King – Test Dept; Roger Ebner; Joel Gausten & many more TBA!
I’m sure there will be other surprises along the way. Pigface is as much a social experiment as it is a musical undertaking.
Having this sort of Addams Family must have some difficulty with constant deviation of talent and members. Or, I could be wrong. Has it ever been tough maintaining the open-door policy with Pigface? Are there any prerequisites to someone joining the order?
Atkins: The prerequisite is not to be an asshole and to be open and supportive. It’s never really been difficult. Perhaps there may have been times when I might have fallen into an established version of the band, but then commitments and other people’s careers might have made that version impossible to continue. Time, circumstance, desire, and energy seem to take care of keeping the lineup interesting. For instance, I’ve known Justin Pearson for quite some time, but I’m excited to have him join us this time. He seems like a lunatic! And I’m looking forward to what Randy Blythe, a more recent acquaintance, will bring to this. It’s great to have the connection with old friends who’ve been doing this with you for twenty-seven years but also to have new blood as well.
And why did you decide to return to the stage with Pigface? It's been a little over a decade since the last full-fledged tour had its run. Did you just think it was time to get Pigface back together or was there some other reason?
Atkins: Fourteen years seemed too long. This is one of the things I do. 2016 seemed really important to people in a community way. And in the midst of so much negative energy, bullshit, and half-assed people playing it safe it just seemed like the most sensible reaction to all of that.
I also would like to know if Pigface is developing or working on a new album? If so, are there any details that you could possibly leak to us or is that all hush-hush?
Atkins: No, we’re not. I felt the need for more social interaction and community connection not necessarily more Pigface music, but who knows!
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time and leave the space below yours for any final words. Cheers, and best of luck on the tour!
Atkins: Thanks back to you for taking the time! Pigface really is a crazy thing that makes more sense and is so different live. I think it might change the way you view live shows, and bands in general. So, try and make it out! It would be great to see you and here’s a link to a ridiculous deal with red vinyl, coupons for the merch booth, early access, and t-shirts: http://bit.ly/pigface2019
PIGFACE TOUR DATES:
11/15 Friday Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
11/16 Saturday Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI
11/17 Sunday Lee's Palace Toronto, ON
11/18 Monday TLA Philadelphia, PA
11/19 Tuesday Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
11/20 Wednesday Soundstage Baltimore, MD
11/21 Thursday Skully's Music Diner Columbus, OH
11/22 Friday The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11/23 Saturday Southport Hall New Orleans, LA
11/24 Sunday Granada Theater Dallas, TX
11/25 Monday The Elysium Austin, TX
11/26 Tuesday Tower Theater Oklahoma City, OK
11/27 Wednesday Marquis Theater Denver, CO
11/28 Thursday Record Bar Kansas City, MO
11/29 Friday The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
11/30 Saturday Thalia Hall Chicago, IL
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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