One of the best bands of recent years are the hardcore super group All Pigs Must Die. They are made up of members of many iconic and respected bands including Converge, The Hope Conspiracy and Bloodhorse. All Pigs Must Die will be returning to Europe in April to tour, finishing off the tour with a stop at Ritual Festival in Leeds. With new music on the way I chatted to Adam Wentworth to chat about the band’s origins, their status as a super group, the cancellation of Temples Festival, their relationship with Europe, new music and working with Kurt Ballou.
Jack: Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you doing?
Adam Wentworth (Guitar): I’m doing well, thanks.
Jack: All Pigs Must Die is made up of band members from other bands. How did you all meet?
Adam: We’re all from eastern New England originally, and became friends through playing in bands over the years. Geographically speaking, the greater Boston area is relatively small, so there’s a lot of “band incest” going on here.
Jack: Given the group is made up of members of established and successful acts, how do you feel being referred to as a super group?
Adam: Personally, I think it’s a silly term, but people like to have labels and names for everything. There are certainly worse things to be referred to as though. What’s that one term you guys use? Bellends? Supergroup is better than that.
Jack: What are the main influences for All Pigs Must Die?
Adam: We pull influence from far too many sources to list individually, but in broad terms: London in the 60s, Italy in the 70s, the Bay area in the 80s, Scandinavia and Cleveland in the 90s. Interpret that as you will.
Jack: I saw this band in Colchester called Wargs who hold you as an influence. Is it weird knowing your music has influenced other acts or is it humbling?
Adam: It’s humbling for sure. We’re all music fans first and foremost and have all spent time finding inspiration from bands we enjoyed. So, to be on the other end of that is really cool.
Jack: How did your European tour go last year?
Adam: Really, really well. We played some of the most memorable shows any of us have ever played. It was over too soon.
Jack: You were lucky enough to get a replacement show as part of the Temples Festival cancellation. Looking back how do you feel about the situation of it?
Adam: Seeing people working so quickly to fill the void left by that nonsense was awesome. A lot of people were left in a tough place and out of a lot of money. The folks who put all the replacement shows together did a great job salvaging an otherwise shit weekend. So we were very lucky to find a place to play. A big, big thank you to Dragged Into Sunlight for helping us out.
Jack: What keeps bringing you back to Europe?
Adam: Circumstance, really. For various reasons we weren’t able to make it overseas until two years ago, so we’re happy to be able to do it on a more regular basis now. And we’ve been getting offers that work with our schedule, though we’ll be getting back to playing more frequently stateside very soon.
Jack: Is the UK different to everywhere else in Europe?
Adam: Well there’s (technically) no language barrier, so by default, yes. But no, really it’s an interesting mix of familiar and foreign that I don’t find in mainland Europe. Thankfully, the hospitality for bands skews far more European than American. I also grew up celebrating a strictly beige diet, so the food is just like being at home.
Jack: You’re returning to Europe in March and April. Will you be playing mainly new material or a mix?
Adam: We’re promoting our new record, so we’ll be doing a lot of new material.
Jack: Gust are supporting you on the tour, what do you like about Gust?
Adam: They’ve got good dynamics within their records, which is key in aggressive music, and they seem to really embrace that concept. You can keep your foot to the floor the whole time, but it can really be exhausting in a negative way after too long, and Gust doesn’t fall into that trap. Good riffs, awesome energy… I think it’ll be a cool pairing doing these shows with them. Looking forward to it.
Jack: On April 8th you’re playing Ritual Festival in Leeds which is headlined by Ihsahn. Is his music an influence at all?
Adam: Definitely, Emperor was in heavy rotation growing up.
Jack: You’re working on new material. How different will it be to “Nothing Violates This Nature”?
Adam: We have Brian Izzi from Trap Them playing second guitar with us now, so we’ve definitely been able to push the dynamics of everything more. It’s by no means a complete departure, but it’s moving forward sonically from the last record and we’re all really excited about it.
Jack: What’s it like working with Kurt Ballou?
Adam: Very comfortable. He’s a friend so it’s a lot of fun working at God City. We’ve all been recording with him for years now with almost all our old bands, so it’s a familiar process and we’re usually able to get work done pretty fast.
Jack: Will the album be released on your long term label Southern Lord?
Adam: Yes, this will be our 3rd full-length with Southern Lord. Greg (Anderson) is awesome to work with.
Jack: Is music a full-time career for you or do you have other work outside of it?
Adam: That’s sort of a mixed bag between the five of us. Some of us are full-time musicians while others split time between music and day jobs.
Jack: What are your plans for 2017?
Adam: In April we’re doing a short tour in Europe, we’ll have a new record out at some point during the year, and most likely will have some US shows lined up for the fall.
Jack: Finally, what is the best hardcore album of all time?