Lady Gaga Teases Rock-Heavy ‘Swine’ In ARTPOP Rehearsal Video

Clip shows Gaga running through industrial rock 'Swine' in advance of iTunes festival appearance on Sunday.

The more we learn about Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP the less we know about what to expect. While she’s given us some of her classic dance pop with first single “Applause,” a rehearsal video the singer uploaded on Thursday (August 29) shows that it won’t be all flashing lights and thumping beats.

The one-minute clip is a teaser for Gaga’s headline appearance on Monday at London’s Roundhouse as part of the month-long iTunes Festival. She teased fans about it on Wednesday with a provocative picture of herself standing next to a dancer who’s wearing a metal pig gas mask along with the message, “REHEARSAL PIC #SWINEFEST #GETREADYTOSQUEAL.”

What she revealed on Thursday was a snippet of an ARTPOP track reportedly called “Swine,” which has a driving, industrial rock groove that’s reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails. The teaser opens with Gaga seated at a keyboard singing, “I know, I know, I know you want me/You’re just a pig inside a human body,” as her band patiently waits their turn to chime in. “Squeal-a, squeal-a, squeal-a you’re so disgusting!”

Though the subtle groove continues, the scene changes to Gaga — wearing black tights, a long white T-shirt and a black wig — bashing away at cymbals on a stripped-down drum kit, her hair flying, while playing keyboards with her left hand.

Eventually the band kicks in with a classic rock-like heavy guitar groove that explodes into a galloping industrial sprint, with Gaga continuing to bash away at a cymbal with a yellow drum stick and yelling, “Swine!”
Gaga has promised to play a number of new songs at the iTunes fest and when MTV News caught up with legendary Bay Area rapper Too $hort 
 on Monday, he revealed that he’s recorded a song for ARTPOP and that he was slated to perform it live with Gaga soon. At press time it was unknown if that as-yet-untitled track would be on the set list for Sunday’s gig.

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