Monday, April 23, 2012

Artist: Alun Piggins, Album: Awaken The Snakes, Song: Garbage Inspires

"When the garbage inspires and the gutter calls your name.  Taunting not good enough, not good enough, not good enough, not good enough, flickering shadows across your face."  Alun Piggins is a singer songwriter from Guelph, Ontario.  He started his musical career during the early eighties and by the end of that decade, found himself leading a band called, The Morganfields.  The Morganfields released 3 albums between 1992 and 1995 with MCA Records.  The band's sound became progressively harder following their debut in 1992, thanks in part, to the proliferation of the grunge genre.  The band's label was pursuing the next Nirvana in Canada and tried to mould the band's sound to match what they wanted.  By 1995, the band called it quits and Alun began recording his own stuff as well as learning the trade of music production and engineering.  He had already co-produced many of The Morganfields' releases but he decided to work for Chemical Sound in Toronto to compliment his repertoire.  The experience allowed him to work with bands like Sloan as well as The Rheostatics.  By the year 2000, Alun produced and released his first solo debut.  He has five albums to date.  Awaken The Snakes, was his sophomore release from 2003.  It actually features some former members of The Morganfields.  Alun produces and engineers all of his albums in his basement studio entitled, Moldy Floor Studios.  Garbage Inspires, is a very cool track from this album with some great horns.  You can check out a song sample on Alun's website (  I think he sounds a bit like Robyn Hitchcock ("Driving Aloud (Radio Storm)") on this track.  I absolutely love this tune.  Alun is criminally neglected and deserves much more recognition than he receives.  You can purchase the album, Awaken The Snakes, on Itunes.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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