Take a good look at the CD artwork. You will probably be more surprised than this astronaut, who has just found Mother Piggy lying down in the mud breastfeeding 6 little piglets in his back yard. Who are Fright Pig and where have they come from? Although this mystery has not been solved yet, with certainty I state that here we have one of the best albums of the current year.
The first seconds of the first song, Re Creation don’t fully prepare you for what you are about to hear. However, with the first exploding solo and the howling scream of singer... er... Pig Maillion, you know that you are in for a treat!
Both the shorter instrumentals and the longer songs are full of atmospheric passages, bombastic keyboards of all sorts – we are talking a lot of soloing – and tight musicianship. In terms of music, what we have here resembles a mixture of SHADOW GALLERY and early KANSAS with KEITH EMERSON masterblasting on the keys, and all that with a modern sound and production. Yes, they are that good! However, don’t think for a moment that this is the usual soloist’s album that neglects the rest of the instruments – far from it.
As for the humour of the band, it is ever present in the song titles, lyrics and background sounds. For example, the last song, ‘The Claustrophobia of Time’ starts with some noises from the aforementioned Mother Piggy happily slopping down I don’t want to guess what disgusting item of eating, as if the world wasn’t ending.
I am afraid we don’t know anything about the great musicians that have collaborated to create this album. That is except if ‘Fright Pig’, ‘Pig Maillion’, ‘Hog Wilde’ and ‘Makon Baykon’ (amongst others) are real names, in which case I will sincerely apologise and eat my own hat! Whoever these weird geniuses are, musicianship is top notch here. The ever present keyboards are the highlight, the rhythm section does a great job and the guitar parts, acoustic interludes and riffs are well played.
All songs are worth listening – there are no fillers here. Stunning instrumentals here are ‘Incident at Pembroke’ with its folk introduction and ‘Barque at the Lune’ (really?), with its lengthy classical piano parts. The band has created a youtube video of the latter that shouldn’t be missed if you want to know what kind of a band you are dealing with. As for the songs, best one here is ‘The Meaning of Dreams’, and this is the point where Pig Maillion demonstrates his great pair of (pig) lungs.
Do not be fooled by the band’s humour – Fright Pig has put an enormous amount of work into creating a masterpiece. After this magnificent debut, I am really looking forward to what else these witty musicians are going to present to us on their second release. This is a highlight of the year 2013 and an album that can be appreciated both by the casual fan and by the progressive connoisseur. So, visit their website, check out their video and join FRIGHT PIG for the great feast out of the Barnyard!