Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, Pigs have been amazing audiences ever since with their dynamic re-creation of one of the world’s favourite rock groups.
Audiences lose themselves in the band’s lights and visuals, which give the music an otherworldly feel. Pigs has seven members including a backup singer and a saxophonist in most performances.
Pigs’ claim to fame is their authenticity, which means looking, sounding and feeling like the real Pink Floyd in their hey-day: the ’70s. Audiences can expect long, pyschedelic jams to such songs as ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ and ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun’ as well as impassioned performances of emotional material like ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Us and Them’.
With the passing of Richard Wright in 2008, fans of Pink Floyd lost hope of ever again seeing their favourite band re-united. Pigs offers the next best thing: an authentic look back into the breathtaking past of one of the world’s most timeless bands.
Josh Szczepanowski is the band’s lead-guitarist and vocalist. As the David Gilmour for Pigs, Josh is the musical director and has the final say where setlists, gear choices and stage directions are concerned. Though stubborn as the real Gilmour, Josh isn’t quite as grumpy as he appears on stage – he takes great joy in selecting just the right distortion pedal for the job.
Geoff Howe is an accomplished singer-songwriter and a journeyman bassist. An alumni of local acts such as Bonehoof, in a moment of serendipity Geoff downloaded all of the Floyd’s albums only hours before he was asked to join PIGS. He’s been working on his sneers and quick, bird-like movements – and he has already announced that he is PIGS, in true Roger style.