Earlier this month, industrial rock gods PIG announced their latest studio LP, Pain is God, would be released on November 20th via Armalyte Industries in the UK and Metropolis Records in the US, and today sees the release of the first single from the album, titled "Rock n Roll Refugee."
The official press release sums up the track perfectly, so I'll let it do the talking. "'Rock n Roll Refugee' is a delicious taste of danceable electronic rock. The hook heavy new single features a healthy dose of swine and swagger, while Michelle Martinez’s backing vocals add that extra touch of soul."
"The 'Rock n Roll Refugee' video is a decadent dive into pop art influences. The resulting clip could be seen as more of a nod to the Fluxus movement’s Nam June Paik or George Maciunas than the more mainstream Warhol-ian aspects of the genre. The song and video interplay as a homage to intermedia, filtered through the mind of the Swine."
The track also features Raymond Watts reunited with guitarist Steve White for the first time since the PIG albums on Nothing Records and Wax Trax! in the '90s.
Watts says, "'Rock n Roll Refugee' is my demon seed of glam and electronica, stirred to an apotheosis of ejaculating guitars and lamenting vocals… A song that’s loose enough for your vices and tight enough for your virtues."
And while we're on the topic of PIG, here's a little lesson on the history of the band: "The Crusade of the Lord of Lard began in a Berlin basement in the shadow of the Wall. Perhaps it was the terror and turmoil that gives that certain sense of menace to PIG’s trademark decadence. When the Wall fell, our Salacious Savior set out into the desert on a journey that has spawned many albums and projects… Not only PIG, but KMFDM’s finest material and many other collaborations including scoring for Alexander McQueen’s shows, installations and exhibitions."
Watch the video for "Rock n Roll Refugee" below. WARNING - The video contains flashing images.