From their iconic artwork depicting a rainbow of light passing through the centre of a triangle to their influential psychedelic sounds, these British prog-rockers carved a path in music history.
In honour of and tribute to Pink Floyd, PIGS are gearing up to bring iconic hits like Pigs on the Wing, Sheep and Dogs to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Saturday.
“We try really hard to sound like they did in ‘77,” said lead axe-man and vocalist Josh Szczepanowski. “We really work hard to use the right equipment and play the songs the right way.”
Drawing naming inspiration from the band’s tenth studio album Animals, known for its political statements, the Victoria-born group utilizes the appropriate equipment — including Szczepanowski’s pedals identical to those of David Gilmour — and strike a chord, hitting Pink Floyd’s renowned live show antics complete with similar mannerisms, lights, lasers and visual effects.
“I think it’s actually wonderful to be able to share Pink Floyd with people, to be able to keep it alive,” Szczepanowski said.
PIGS’ Vernon stop — the only Interior show on their 30 date national tour — also features local talent, as Kimberley van Wensem’s Sing Out Loud Choir joins PIGS to rock Floyd’s sonic-powerhouse rock n’ roll anthem, Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2.
“We’re really excited to be coming back,” Szczepanowski said. “Vernon is a great place and we really loving playing in venues with good sound.”
And with a Pink Floyd tribute history stretching back nearly a decade, the seven-piece band, doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
“I’d like to keep it up for as long as I can,” Szczepanowski said. “We aim to keep doing it until we’re too old, which could never happen.”
PIGS take the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre stage Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42.25, available through the Ticket Seller, 250-549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca.