Pigface is an American industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.[3]

Members of Pigface in 1991 in Palo Alto, California; left to right: Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Martin Atkins
Members of Pigface in 1991 in Palo Alto, California; left to right: Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Martin Atkins
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active
  • 1990–2009
  • 2016
  • 2019–present
MembersSee "Members"

History edit

Pigface was formed from Ministry's The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour,[1] which produced the In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up live album and video. For the tour, Al Jourgensen brought Atkins, Nivek Ogre and Chris Connelly. Also on the tour was Rieflin, regular Ministry drummer at the time. While Atkins enjoyed the dynamic of playing with a second drummer, he felt that the lineup was capable of doing much more than being, what he has frequently called, "a Ministry cover band." Once the tour was over, Atkins and Rieflin decided to continue working together and recruited several of their tourmates. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians, many of whom, especially early on, had recorded for the influential industrial music record label Wax Trax!.

Trent Reznor was also an early partner,[4] before Nine Inch Nails became a household name. "Suck," co-written and sung by Reznor, was something of an underground hit, and Reznor later re-recorded the song for the Broken EP.

Rieflin left Pigface after the first tour, leaving Atkins as the sole founder of the group. With hundreds of musical collaborators to record and perform with Pigface, it has ensured that each album, tour, and song is unique. However, this practice has led to some negative criticism due to a perceived lack of continuity.

In 2009, Full Effect Records, a Detroit-based label, announced the signing of Pigface.[5] The Pigface album, 6, a collection of songs already recorded over the span of the previous five years, was released soon after the announcement was made. Unlike with the previous releases, there was no tour to support the album.

After a seven-year hiatus, Pigface returned for two Chicago performances in November 2016. The first was a rehearsal show held at Reggie's on November 24. On November 25, the band performed at House of Blues: Chicago. Both shows saw the band performing with several first-time members as well as the return of members like Lesley Rankine, En Esch, Mary Byker, Curse Mackey, Dirk Flannigan and Fallon Bowman.

Several offshoot bands of Pigface, all smaller sized all-star groups featuring Martin Atkins as a common member, have released albums during the time Pigface was active. These bands include Murder, Inc., The Damage Manual, Ritalin, Martin Atkins And The Chicago Industrial League, Spasm, and The Love Interest.

In March 2019, Atkins announced that Pigface would tour again for the first time in fourteen years with thirteen dates scheduled for the East coast and Midwest in November 2019.[6] On February 12, 2020, a larger, national tour was announced to be taking place throughout May, June and July of that year. However, on April 2, 2020, Atkins made the announcement that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour had been canceled.

Rieflin died on March 24, 2020, from cancer at the age of 59.[7]

Members and collaborators edit

The following is a partial list of musicians who have contributed to Pigface at some point in the band's history, whether it be appearing live as a band member, performing on an album, or contributing a remix of a Pigface song.[8]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

References edit

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  2. ^ Kot, Greg (18 December 1998). "Sculpted Chaos". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd ed.). Rough Guides. pp. 870–871. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  4. ^ Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford. 2013. pp. 256]. ISBN 978-0-19-983258-3.
  5. ^ "Pigface return with '6'". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012.
  6. ^ Atkins, Martin. "2019 Tour". Martinatkins.bigcartel.com. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Bill Rieflin, Drummer for King Crimson, Ministry, R.E.M., Dies at 59". Variety.com. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  8. ^ Atkins, Martin (5 October 2007). "Official MySpace Page: Pigface".
  9. ^ Huxley, Martin (1997). Nine Inch Nails. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 62. ISBN 0-312-15612-X.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Pigface Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Martin Atkins: Great Wall Of Sound". Drum! Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  12. ^ The Best Of Pigface (Preaching To The Perverted) (Media notes). Pigface. Invisible Records. 2001.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ Cooper, Ryan. "Interview: Paul Raven Of Ministry". Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Who To Blame For What You've Been Listening To". post.queensu.ca. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  15. ^ "Jennie Matthias Discography". jenniematthias.webs.com. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  16. ^ Atkins, p. 513
  17. ^ "Former PITCHSHIFTER Frontman To Tour With PIGFACE". blabbermouth.net. Archived from the original on 14 January 2004. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  18. ^ "NoNaMe :: Pigface - Notes From Thee Underground". nnm.ru/. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  19. ^ Atkins, p. 159
  20. ^ "THE ENIGMA IS A HARD THING TO FIGURE OUT". prickmag.net. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  21. ^ "CityBeat Music Stage at Taste of Cincinnati". wcpo.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  22. ^ "Pigface". radcyberzine.com. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  23. ^ "Aloha, Pigface". chicagoreader.com. 14 April 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  24. ^ "SOW returns after 12 years of silence with new album, 'Dog'". side-line.com. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2011.

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