This new Jakob record is fucking incredible. Eight years was a hell of a long time to wait between LPs, but this is absolutely worth it. I had lofty expectations (their last record, Solace, is one of my all-time favorites), and Jakob exceeded them.
RIYL: Songs written and performed by the best post-rock band on the planet.
HOLY. SHIT. This is absolutely monstrous. I love that they’ve explored some slower, sludgier tempos without abandoning the furious d-beat stuff that made their previous records so awesome. As usual, Nick Yacyshyn’s drumming is a huge highlight for me, but he’s really taken his playing to the next level here. It’s safe to say that Bloodmines will be dominating my eardrums for quite a while.
This track was my lone guitar-based idea for the Puig Destroyer LP that comes out tomorrow. It’s something that I’ve had floating around in various demo forms for three or four years. (Maybe I’ll post the demo of that at some point.) I passed it along to Jon Howell and Ian Miller and they made it much better than it was originally. We passed that instrumental collaboration on to Mike Minnick and he made it even morebetterer. I can’t think of a combination of people and things (heavy music and baseball) who could have made this resonate with me as much as it does now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Baseball really is the best.
You can buy the digital version of the Puig Destroyer LP tomorrow via No Sleep if you’d like.
This is one of my favorite songs on the forthcoming Puig Destroyer record, and almost all of that is due to the lyrical content. We’re a baseball-themed “band”, but I think the message in the song applies to any and all types of fantasy sports. It’s especially apropos at this time of year because it seems like 75% of the country will not shut the hell up about their fantasy football team(s) right now … myself included.
Last summer, we introduced you to Puig Destroyer, a supergroup of scream-y grindcore enthusiasts and baseball fans named in honor of a certain Dodgers phenom. Today, we are pleased to report that the quartet (a “virtual band” featuring dudes from Thrice, Kowloon Walled City, and Curl Up and Die) is readying a self-titled, full-length album you can pre-order here for a mere $7. Puig Destroyer will be out on September 30 (“just in time for the MLB postseason”), featuring 20 very scream-y (and short) tracks.
I’d like to invite you to chug a few cups of coffee and mosh your way through the morning while listening to “Mike Trout" as loud as your preferred listening device can handle. This track is a little more straightforward than our previous work, but I assure you that the rest of the record is faster, heavier, slower, more brutal, more melodic, more absurd, and entirely baseball-themed. If you’re a fan of any or all of those things, you’re gonna love it.
Holy crap. This is one hell of an album opener. I’m on my first listen of Lost Bees, and it’s outstanding thus far. I had high hopes for this one (because I loved No One Loves You Like I Do so much) and it’s safe to say that my expectations have been exceeded.
Also: If you’re a drummer and you needed a little revving of your inspiration engine, Chris Metcalf’s playing on this record should help you out quite a bit. I’m dying to get behind a kit right now.