For Fans Of: NOBRO / Bad Waitress / Bikini Kill
With high-profile fans like Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and the one and only, Kathleen Hannah (Bikini Kill), Destroy Boys are not only kicking ass and carrying on the legacy of Riot Grrrl, but redefining the shape of punk rock as it stands today. We talk to guitarist Violet Mayugba about lightbulb moments and more.
Their new single, ‘Drink’ is out tomorrow, pre-save it here.
Photos: Ash Gellman
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Explain the band name – wrong answers only. Also tell us a little more about how long you’ve been going for, the music you play and more.
Alexia and I were starting to play music in 2015 and couldn’t come up with a band name. I skipped school one day and was hanging out at home next to my chalkboard, super angry at 2 different dudes who were treating me like dirt (classic). I wrote “DESTROY BOYS” on my chalkboard just because I truly felt it – and stared at it for a while…that was my lightbulb moment. I blew up Alexia’s phone with calls to tell her our new band name until she finally picked up – in class. She liked it and the rest is history.
Do you remember that lightbulb moment where you realised music was what you wanted to do?
HELL yeah. I was 13, listening to one of my favorite punk albums and jumping around my room like a maniac. I was full of so much energy from the music that I was just throwing my fists around and jumping as high as I could, unable to get the energy out. At the end of the song, I flopped down on my bed, and had a clear thought: I have to do this every day for the rest of my life.
“Channeling the spirit of anarchic American garage rock and melodic sensibilities of classic Bay Area punk into short snarling songs, Sacramento’s Destroy Boys whip up noise that is truly timeless.”
Who’s on your Mount Rushmore if it was a music memorial and why?
Kim Shattuck, Elliott Smith, Joey Ramone, Steve Soto. All idols of mine that changed my musical life forever.
I have had the privilege of playing quite a few shows, and they have all been awesome for different reasons. One of my favorite shows ever was at the Roxy in LA. The curtains opened to an entirely full room, where everyone was feral and ready to rock. I lost my damn mind.
Muzzle is about my anger and insecurity about being perceived by people, which is a disarming concept. I was also really upset about a dude tossing me out and treating me like a second option. That’s the chorus.
You’re working on an album with Will Yip, right? What’s that like and can you give us more details?
Many secrets are left to be revealed, Alt Club!
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… clowns, fun or creepy?
Depends on the situation. Far away from me? Cute. Chasing me in a forest? Creepy.
Rising to the challenge, Destroy Boys have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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