Between the strong notes of bassist and bassist Mayugba – such an instrumental presence – and acrobatic leaps and spins paired with the exhilarating vocals of bassist and vocalist Ruditis, the band members brought a shy of energy. Their excitement was prompted by the high-octane percussion accents of drummer Narsai Malik, who performed a full tilt show in delightful sarcasm.
Punk is still the band’s primary genre, but it’s clear progress has pushed the group to new heights and genre discoveries. Perhaps a tour with one of their muses, Mannequin Pussy, made their versions look more polished. Tight choruses and hooks help promote an inclusive message, “Be who you want to be,” which they proclaim through frank but subtle arrangements, aiming to increase accessibility without diminishing the message.
On this night, hundreds of young women (the majority of the audience) shouted loudly with quotable words such as, “The hunting witch has turned into a hound,” from the undeniable earworm “Locker Room Bully.” This bit of clever calligraphy came drenched in adrenaline and misguided collective summons: Get wicked AF. Watching this moment live was a real dash: Destroy Boys unlock new levels of communication and acumen.
Violet and Alexia continued to look behind the lights throughout the night’s performance. Searching for, locating and reconnecting with parents, brothers, friends, and friends they haven’t seen in a long time, who have garnered constant shouts from the band and collective recognition from the general public.
The band stressed that everyone has a voice and the potential to change society, and urged the public to fight for their rights. When it came time for a non-binary and trans pit, led by this group operating much older than its years, the shit was quickly sorted. The men were happily thrown to the side.
Despite the comparison, on multiple platforms, to riot squads like Bikini Kill, which is a massive compliment — Kathleen Hannah reached out and admitted it last year — the Destroy Boys prefer it to be described as “what would happen if Blondie fell into a Misfits recording session.” This is what was achieved on stage.