Puig Destroyer delivers baseball themed grindcore on their first full length album, Puig Destroyer. For this baseball geek, I’m already sold. However, I understand for the lame-man (or woman), baseball plus grindcore may not grab your attention at first. Upon first listen to Puig Destroyer‘s self titled full length debut album, although it started this way, I quickly realized this band is no joke. What if I told you this band is basically Pig Destroyer with lyrics about baseball, or that it features members of Kowloon Walled City, Curl Up And Die, and Thrice? How does that grab you?
Puig Destroyer was jokingly formed during a PRODcast (podcast) from Productive Outs after the arrival of Cuban baseball sensation Yasiel Puig to the Los Angeles Dodgers in June of 2013. Drummer Riley Breckenridge (Thrice) and bassist Ian Miller (Kowloon Walled City) jokingly came up with the idea. They contacted Guitarist Jon Howell (Kowloon Walled City) and vocalist Mike Minnich (Curl Up And Die) and added them to the line up. Eight days and two band members later, an EP, Pig Destroyer, was released featuring greatly-titled tracks like “Stop Fucking Bunting.”
In Spring of this year they released the appropriately baseball-themed EP, titled Wait For Spring, which features eight tracks and runs just under seven minutes, closing with my personal favorite, “Fuck The Media.”
Puig Destroyer’s full length album, Puig Destroyer, was released on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by one of my current favorite record labels, No Sleep Records. Puig Destroyer living up to their name is a perfect marriage of Pig Destroyer’s Grindcore and the out-of-control aggressive beauty of Yasiel Puig. On the full length the production value has improved, greatly; not as raw sounding as the EPs but more on the sludgy side.
Samples of baseball commentators sprinkled throughout, including legendary sportscaster Vin Scully to open the album during the track “Baseball The Best.” I’d like to make something perfectly clear: A sports background is not necessary to enjoy this album, just an appreciation of heavy blistering goodness. The album features 20 songs of which average just over a minute long each.
The universally relatable song for any sports fan is “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team” and is a stand out track on the album. As well as “Trumbomb” which is about Arizona Diamondback’s star player Mark Trumbo. The lyrics showcase what the band is all about at their core: Fun. Some examples include: “Godammit, they did it again, the fucking bullpen costs us a run!” and “He’s built like a tank, high-speed running freak, he’s as good at the game as anyone is anything!” The latter coming from the closing track “Mike Trout” which is about a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim player whom many believe to be the future face of MLB after the retirement of Derek Jeter.
If you love fast aggressive music and happen to like baseball too, this is for you. I must say, this release came out at a perfect time, as the 2014 postseason begins tonight. A postseason that involves both Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig. Rate the album for yourself after you listen below.
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