All About Brotherhood: Pig Destroyer

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Fresh off their Friday set at Temples Festival and ready to head into their debut performance of Natasha, US based Pig Destroyerhave really managed to capture the true breadth of their style over the two days. While they may straddle grindcore and doom, styles that so often seen as opposing, both have a chaotic element that holds them together. The music may be violently aggressive, but the band themselves are surprisingly laid back and fun as we quiz JR, Blake and Jarvis on everything from how a set comes together to whether Agoraphobic Nosebleed will ever hit the UK with a show.

You’ve already played one set at Temples festival, how has it gone?

JR – Good, very good. It was one of our best ones in a little while actually.

 

You’re playing a double set, how did that come about?

JR – We’ve had a couple of releases that are along the slow variety and they had a doom day going on. They asked if we wanted to take part, we figured since we were already here we’d give it a try. We’ve never done a set like this before so we thought it would be interesting.

 

How did you decide how to divide the sets?

Blake – With our band it’s kind of always like a timing thing. Recently we had a couple of dates scheduled in Germany and France and they fell through. Temples had somebody drop off and they offered us a second day. We’d been discussing doing it anyway so we really needed a finite goal or we’d just never do it.

JR – We need a kick in the ass at times.

Blake – We started working it out.

JR – For a long time we thought Natasha wasn’t really doable for us because there’s a lot of noise passages that aren’t necessarily musical. We didn’t know if we’d be able to tie everything together rhythmically. We managed to work it out at least to the point where we could practise it.

Pig Destroyer EP album cover

Do you have any challenges bringing the noise elements of your music into the live environment?

Blake – I guess that depends on how much I’ve had to drink but yeah, sometimes. It depends you know, it’s kind of… I don’t want to say a freeform thing, but its just ‘lets do it’. Depends how much time we have and what’s going on.

JR – How the PA system works as well. It’s noise so there’s a chaotic element to it, and that’s why we do it, we like the chaos to it. You don’t want to get too nitpicky about something like that.

Blake – It’s got to have a little freeform vibe to it.

 

Pig Destroyer has two very different styles; do have any difficulty pulling together shows? How do you decide what goes into each set list?

JR – We do have a lot of songs. We have songs that we definitely personally like to play. I think sometimes we lean on those rather than what other people want us to play. We don’t play our video songs very much or our hits but we just have songs we prefer to play ourselves. It’s usually not hard to get a regular set list together. The slow stuff, this will be a new experience for us.

Blake – Might be the last time…

JR – You never know! We’ll see how it goes.

 

What influence came in that caused you to split out into two such differing genres?

JR – I think it’s our personalities, it’s very representative of our personalities, both directions.

Blake – Also, really early grindcore kind of lends itself to that. If you listen to Godflesh it’s still rooted in grindcore and it’s not fast, it’s just churning.

JR – It’s two sides of the same coin, the way we look at it. We like it really fast, we like it really slow.

Blake – So does my wife! [laughs]

JR – Yeah, there you go.

 

You all seem to have a lot of different bands; do you find it hard to juggle your various workloads?

Blake – Not me.

Jarvis – Luckily we have management and people that can get everything in order for us so it’s a lot easier when there’s people helping out. Last week at Maryland Deathfest we had multiple sets, and getting from one venue to the next can get chaotic sometimes.

Blake – I think JR and I are the least busy in that respect. I’ve got Hatebeak but that’s not a real live project. I know that Jarvis has started jamming with a couple of other guys.

Jarvis – Yeah but that’s just fucking around. I don’t like to bite off more than I can chew, because we all have other things in our lives going on outside music.

Blake – This would be a great question for Scott if he were here.

Jarvis – He’s the ultimate mulitasker.

Blake – Doing Agoraphobic and Pig Destroyer, it’s been a lot of work lately.

 

Agoraphobic Nosebleed at Maryland Deathfest, by Hillarie Jason Photography

Is the UK ever going to see a live show from Agoraphobic?

Jarvis – Probably, probably. I would say we might even come back next year. You never know, right about this time.

 

We’d love to see a show over here now that Maryland Deathfest had one.

Blake – Well it was the first show and it was only a week ago.

JR – It was a killer set.

Jarvis – Yeah it was a lot of fun and we put a lot of work into it. We were kind of worried, same thing with tonight playing Natasha for the first time but it worked out. We’re going to keep playing, that’s for sure.

What do you want people to take from a Pig Destroyer show?

Blake – Black Eyes.

JR – Bloodshed is always good. We don’t anyone to die, but if they come close then that’s cool. [laughs]

Blake – Basically just having fun. Our music may be kind of serious but as people we’re easy going. Obviously we’re not raking in the millions here so we’re having fun and we want the crowd to interact with us and have fun. We don’t fly half way across the world for no reason.

JR – The crowds over here are great. They love grindcore. We just love playing for people that have the same interest as we do.

Blake – The same passion.

JR – That’s what it’s all about, brotherhood. We’ve been all over the world at this point and metal shows are about the same wherever you go. Even if the culture of the country is totally different, you can go to a metal show and it’s a universal language.

 

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Halestorm, Tenacious D, Beartooth, etc Added To Upcoming Guitar Hero Live

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More artists have come up as part of the forthcoming Guitar Hero Live video game, out this fall.

Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
Tenacious D – “Tribute”
Beartooth – “I Have A Problem”
Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”
Anthrax – “Got The Time”
Architects – “Gravedigger”
Chevelle – “The Clincher”
A Day To Remember – “Right Back At It Again”

Songs already announced for the game include:
Deftones – “Diamond Eyes”
Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time”
Mastodon – “High Road”
Bring Me The Horizon – “Shadow Moses”
Of Mice & Men – “Bones Exposed”
Trivium – “Strife”
System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
Vista Chino – “Sweet Remain”
Marmozets – “Move Shake Hide”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”
Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
The Killers – “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day” (feat. Kellin Quinn)
The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
Skrillex – “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure”
Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”

Guitar Hero Relaunching This Fall

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The Guitar Hero video game franchise is relaunching its line this fall with a new installment called Guitar Hero Live, where it has been reworked to now feature a live action experience and focuses solely on guitars this time around. A new guitar peripheral has been announced to go along with the game and features two rows of three buttons to offer a different experience that will allow for basic chord patterns on higher difficulties.

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Artists confirmed to be part of the game this time around include:

The Black Keys
Fall Out Boy
My Chemical Romance
Gary Clark, Jr.
Green Day
Ed Sheeran
The War on Drugs
The Killers
Skrillex
The Rolling Stones
The Lumineers
Carrie Underwood
Pierce The Veil
Blitz Kids