For those who don’t follow sports, Yasiel Puig has taken Major League Baseball by storm since being called up to the L.A. Dodgers and putting up a .391 batting average, a .616 slugging percentage, and destroying opposing pitching. With a last name like Puig and two dudes with a history of playing heavy music who are also baseball aficionados how could a play on the famous Pig Destroyer name not happen.
Puig Destroyer features Riley Breckenridge, former drummer of now defunct Thrice and writer for baseball blog Productive Outs, Ian Miller, bassist for Kowloon Walled City and Riley’s cohort on Productive Outs, and Mike Minnick, vocalist from Curl Up and Die. The self-titled, self-released, name your price EP clocks in at just under six minutes, but it sure does pack a punch like a bases clearing two out double.
After a quick listen, Puig Destroyer brings to mind bands like Trap Them, Nails, Converge, and of course Pig Destoyer. “Dad Hat”, sounds like a b-side from Converge’s latest effort All We Love We Leave Behind. “Basebrawl” with lyrics ‘bench-clearing brawl/from fist to jaw/bench-clearing brawl/let’s get the crowd involved’, is a tribute to the recent benches clearing brawl between the Dodgers and D-backs where Yasiel looked like a man ready to rip heads off like he were in the pit. I hope to hear more Puig Destroyer, especially with Riley no longer tied up with Thrice and only handling drum tech duties for Jimmy Eat World. This is a definite must listen for fans of heavy music and with a listening time of less than an at bat during a Sox/Yankees game it’s hard not to love Puig Destroyer.
RIYL: Pig Destroyer, Converge, Trap Them, Nails