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Pigeon Hole channels inner animal for upcoming album [Interview]

Vancouver, BC – Fans of Sweatshop Union’s Pigeon Hole will be excited to know that after a three year wait, only a mere few weeks are left until the March 5th release of their sophomore album. Titled Chimp Blood, the project will have a heavy, bass-driven vibe which will fuse hip-hop with an electronic sound. Amidst all of the excitement, HipHopCanada touched base with the Vancity favourites to discuss the inspiration behind the album. Check out the interview, as well as a preview of the album, after the jump.

Chimp Blood Pigeon Hole

HipHopCanada: What is the inspiration behind the title of the album?

Pigeon Hole: Animalistic energy. The music is so hype it’s not human. It can’t be. It’s like we tapped into something else. When you’re making music like this you don’t feel human, you feel like an animal. Like you have chimp blood. It has a raw animalistic feel to it.

HipHopCanada: How has your music evolved on this album?

Pigeon Hole: The music is just so much bigger. Bass heavy. The sounds we’ve been getting into and systems we’ve been playing on it’s like we’ve been exposed to this new threshold. Once you’ve been exposed to something like that you can’t go back. You just can’t.

Our whole production style has changed. On The last record we used a lot of samples as the backbone of the track and built around those to make the songs. On Chimp Blood we sample ourselves playing synths and focus more on the drum programming and bass. Its a lot more hype. We’ve been getting a lot more into electronic music of all kinds over the last few years and whatever we’re listening to at the time always has a huge influence on our sound.

HipHopCanada: What is the most challenging part about juggling your solo career with your commitment to Sweatshop Union?

Pigeon Hole: Shit, definitely the timing of everything. The balance. Sweatshop never really stops so we have to work double time to be able to make anything outside of it happen. Right now we’re getting ready to release the Pigeon Hole record but I’m also trying to work on the new Sweatshop project. I don’t sleep much.


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