Bands on Bands; Nadia Garofalo and Alicia Gaines (Ganser) on Cows’ Sorry In Pig Minor

Nadia Garofalo and Alicia Gaines of Ganser love Cows almost as much as Ghettoblaster publisher Eddie Ugarte. So ofcourse we had to ask them about their favorite Cows album, Sorry in Pig Minor. This is what they had to say about it:

“There’s something filthy about Cows. Imagine this: A backwoods road trip in a rust bucket, a washed-up rodeo clown, John Waters, and Tracy Pew (The Birthday Party, alive somehow) as your companions. Them, and the muffled thumps of the person you’ve shoved in the trunk. Cows would be the soundtrack.

Sorry in Pig Minor is a sharp and dirty album, equal parts hilarious and terrifying. The cacophony of ropy instrumentation and belligerently wordy vocals contemplate the edge of some sonic cliff. It somehow avoids the machismo that was poisoning alternative music at the time. The production style (credit Buzz Osborne of The Melvins), filled with natural reverb that kept its organic humanity, may have sparked negative reviews when it came out. However, twenty years later this album still sounds relevant and more contemporary than many records from 1998.

Originally, we liked Charlie because his guitar playing reminded us of the Cows (we like him for lots of reasons now). They definitely influence our music. It comes through especially in Charlie’s playing style, which is funny since we don’t think he listens to them at all.”

Chicago’s Ganser released their debut album, Odd Talk, on April 20 via No Trend Records.

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  • Eddie Ugarte

    I’ve always loved the Cows since I discovered them. I may or may not have invited a fight at a CBGB show too.