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PIG DESTROYER has announced a string of East Coast record release shows for their long-awaited new album, Phantom Limb.
These shows will take place June 14 through 16 and will include label mates CAR BOMB as support on all shows. GENGHIS TRON and CHILD ABUSE will also be added to various shows throughout the weekend. PIG DESTROYER will also perform a home-town Baltimore, MD show May 25 at the Sonar as part of a pre-Maryland Deathfest show.
PIG DESTROYER recently posted the first preview track from Phantom Limb, for “Loathsome”, via the band’s MySpace and PureVolume pages. Phantom Limb is set for a June 12 North American release date (June 18 internationally).
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into
your music today? [BLAKE HARRISON] - "Napalm Death, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror, early thrash, stuff like that, and yes, it still figures into the music today."
[JR HAYES] - "I got into glam when I was probably 12 or so, then I heard Black Sabbath and Metallica and got really heavy into thrash. Then a couple years later I started getting into rap, punk, industrial, indie rock...a million other things. I think those old crossover bands like D.R.I and Accused are an important influence on P.D. I feel like our music is kind of "crossover" in a way."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your new CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? [BLAKE] - "Thrashy, we tried to turn the art down a little on the new one."
Your album title 'Phantom Limb' is an interesting choice, but perhaps it has more of a personal meaning to you?! [BLAKE] - "It's the idea that once something is gone, you still feel it, not necessarily miss it, but you're still aware
of the loss of that object."
And just where does the bands highly-original name originate?! [BLAKE] - "Pig Destroyer=Cop Killer!"
[JR] - "It started as a joke...we were just trying to come up with over-the-top band names and it stuck."
You've been quoted as being the new 'Kings of Bludgeoning Art Grind' ... a quote that sits well with you or one that confuses you?! [BLAKE] - "I can sorta see where that tag would come from, however, it's not a conscious decision in the band to
[JR] - "Is there a band in the world who enjoys having their music labeled? I guess that's as good a term as any...I would have left out the "bludgeoning" part though...that's just silly."
How easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? [BLAKE] - "We just write the music we want."
[JR] - "Nobody puts more pressure on us than we do. We try to set our standards as high as possible. Outside pressure doesn't seem to affect us all that much...maybe on a subconscious level, I don't know."
Please tell us more about a couple of new songs from the album that are more personal to you ... and why? [BLAKE] - "I really like '4th Degree Burns,' it's just an old school sounding grinder."
[JR] - "I'm really happy how 'Girl In The Slayer Jacket' turned out... I think the lyrics are pretty emotional and the riffs are very nasty. The kind of riffs that punch your mom and steal her purse. I'm just kidding, our riffs would never punch your mom...well, maybe just push her around a little bit!"
Why was this album so long in the making? Were there larger-than-normal speed bumps along the way, perhaps? [JR] - "Rome wasn't built in a day. We like to take our time so that all the different elements of the record can reach their full potential. There weren't really any speed bumps this time...everything went down pretty smooth."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! [BLAKE] - "Anything by Prince!"
[JR] - "It would be 'Jesse's Girl' by Rick Springfield. It may be the most perfect pop song of all time."
Lastly, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! [BLAKE] - "No!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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