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.
PREMIERE: Kiven - "In The Fire" (Youngblood Hawke Official Remix)
I’m thankful and honored to be able to premiere the Youngblood Hawke remix of Kiven’s “In The Fire”, the second single from Kiven’s self-titled album.
The original version of the “In The Fire” is undeniably catchy, but Youngblood Hawke has managed to take a great song and make it even better, by turning it into a stomping, anthemic summer jam that has the potential to be timeless.
As for the album itself, I’m not about to try to put it into a box or assign it to a genre — because that would be a disservice to both the band and listener — but what I can do, is tell you that it’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good, and (if you needed further convincing), it was produced by former At The Drive-In drummer/arranger Tony Hajjar, and its first single “I Can Take It" spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts.
7/21 @ The Troubadour supporting Twin Atlantic - West Hollywood, CA
7/22 @ The Slidebar - Fullerton, CA
7/25 @ KCRW’s LA Zoo Roaring Nights - Los Angeles, CA
8/17 @ The Echo, Echo Park Rising - Los Angeles, CA
8/27 @ KROQ Locals Only Presents: Kiven & Night Riots at Hemingway’s - Los Angeles, CA
Huge thanks to the guys in Kiven and folks at Big Picture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m hoping it will be the beginning of a lot more exclusive premieres, interviews and content at Hermitology. Stay tuned.
I’m gonna be listening this new Hades EP for a while, and if you’re into dark, atmospheric, occasionally heavy indie rock with female vocals I’d suggest you check it out as well. It’s an awfully diverse and strong debut EP.
Favorite tracks: “Untitled Number Four” & “Thomas Cooper”