Fresh off the release of his spellbinding collection of covers CANDY last month, post-punk band <PIG>, featuring the iconic Lord of Lard himself RAYMOND WATTS, has announced a string of live dates in support of that album. What separates this run from his recent North American tours is that this sees the triumphant return of previous band members to the <PIG> pen.
Watts reunites with Steve White, guitar slinger with <PIG> thru the industrial wars of the 90’s before going on to carve his name as the keystone guitarist with KMFDM for many years following. When time allowed, Steve could be found building solid steel riffs and touring with 16 Volt. But it’s his return to <PIG> that puts the sausage back in the center of the sty once again.
En Esch also returns to the <PIG> fold with Watts. These partners in swine started their long and twisted history together on the first KMFDM album in 1985 and they have worked together on the most seminal recordings and tours with both KMFDM and <PIG>. En Esch is also the standout singer in Pigface and will be an integral part of their forthcoming tour.
Galen Waling returns on drums after extensive touring commitments with Lords of Acid, Julian K and 16 Volt.
Kicking off on September 19th at Toronto’s Hard Luck Bar and wrapping around the eastern half of the continent, The Divine Descent Tour includes support from Cyanotic who bring their unique blend of electro futurism, and new Metropolis signing A Primitive Evolution.
THE DIVINE DESCENT TOUR
Sep 19 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
Sep 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Sep 21 – Canton, OH @ The Auricle
Sep 22 – Chicago, IL @ Coldwaves Festival
Sep 23 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s
Sep 24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
Sep 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Sep 26 – Wilmington, DE @ Bar XIII
Sep 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
Sep 28 – Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC
Sep 29 – Richmond, VA @ Fallout
Sep 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Oct 01 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
Oct 02 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
Oct 03 – New Orleans, LA @ The Goat
Oct 04 – St. Louis, MO @The Crackfox
Oct 05 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Oct 06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimers
The tour caps off an extremely fertile period for <PIG> with the release of this summer’s album CANDY, a collection of bastardized and brutalized cover versions done in the way that only <PIG> can, the remix album Stripped & Whipped released in May, and The Wages of Sin EP which was released on solid silver-engraved ‘hogtags’, the ultimate mash up of merchandise and music.
Watts also features on vocals on one track of the upcoming KMFDM album PARADISE (out this September) of which he says: “Sascha [Konietzko] and I go back right to the beginning with KMFDM. Despite years having passed since we last recorded and toured, working together again was as easy as falling off a log. He said that they were finishing up Paradise and had one song left with no vocals and asked me if I fancied having a listen. The next day, I wrote and recorded the lyrics and the result was ‘Binge Boil & Blow,’ a song that will put solid steel studs on your <PIG> head halos.”