A collective of Halifax musicians founded by main singer-songwriter Paul Gailiunas in 1994.
Like Sesame Street run by socialists. Hmmm... no, that’s not exactly right. In fact some might argue Sesame Street is run by socialists. A less obtuse They Might Be Giants? Sort of, but that still doesn’t quite cover it. Prosthetic foreheads aren’t so much obtuse as they are just kind of stupid.
It’s more like, well, imagine Jonathan Richman in the real world. The music’s the same – simple, poppy and clever – and there are still lesbians, but instead of dancing in a bar, these ones contemplate suicide. And the Abominable Snowman, he’s not a monster in the supermarket down by the peas and carrots – he’s just some homeless guy with holes in his sweater.
Good clean fun with a conscience.
Fronted by the exuberant Paul Gailiunas, Halifax's Piggy have been enlightening the masses for over six years now and their first full-length CD is simply busting at the seams with good times. For a band that prides itself as veterans of the benefit circuit, fighting against social injustices, fun might not be what you'd expect. But then Piggy has always been about re-writing the rules. Another thing that might turn your head around is Piggy's connection to calypso music. Give the record a spin and listen to country and western guitar laments, Eastern European violin, Vaudeville show tunes, giddy pop songs, cool jazz and political folk ballads. Maybe it's not your conception of calypso, but to Piggy it's the subject matter of their topical anthems that maintain that calypso spirit. These socio-political tracks revel in tales of the everyday ranging from homelessness and public etiquette to bike riding, favourite neighbourhoods and even theology. Piggy songs never whine about the mess this world is in, they just try to make things better, starting with putting a great big gaping smile on your face.
-Ian Danzig, May 01, 2000, exclaim.ca