San Francisco, CA
“California punk rock changed my life. It showed me exactly what I want to do and who I want to be,” says Violet Mayugba, guitarist and singer for San Francisco-based punk band Destroy Boys. At the age of 15, Mayugba and band co-founder Alexia Roditis were going to show after show, becoming a part of the vibrant Sacramento scene. “Vi and I were both like, ‘Let’s start a band!’” says lead vocalist and guitarist Roditis. “I was going to play drums and Vi was going to play guitar. I showed Vi a song I had, I didn’t even actually sing it, it was just a voice memo,” they remember. “Vi said, ‘No. You’re going to be our singer.’” The more established artists in the scene were welcoming to the new kids on the block, and the band began to make a name for themselves. Since those early days playing shows in tightly packed garages Destroy Boys have made waves from the California shoreline to the UK, sharing stages with up-and-coming bands like Mannequin Pussy as well as stalwarts such as Alkaline Trio and Taking Back Sunday They’ve also racked up over 175 million streams, with the numbers ticking upward every day without fail. And their visceral, personal tales of scene bullies, elitist cliques, betrayal, and unrequited love have brought them a like-minded, loyal and fervent crowd. Destroy Boys’ 2016 debut “Sorry Mom” was recorded in one day and included the future Tik Tok winner “I Threw Glass at My Friend’s Eyes and Now I’m On Probation”. Taking only 4 days, the band worked with Martin Cooke (Of Monsters And Men, Death Cab For Cutie) on the follow-up record “Make Room” which was released in 2018. (The frenetic and powerful Duck Eat Duck World from that record was featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Game in 2021). In 2020 Mayugba, Roditis, and drummer Narsai Malik, signed with California-based label Hopeless Records. Working with producer Will Yip, their 3rd full length record “Open Mouth, Open Heart” was released in October 2021 and grew on their punk roots to embrace more nuanced elements of rock, as well as featuring two songs with Spanish lyrics - something that has been increasingly important to Roditis, who has family roots in Argentina. Since 2020, they’ve toured the US twice and spent 2 weeks in the UK, and this fall brings shows at Dia De Los Deftones and Zona Festival in Phoenix, fresh off a much-noticed performance at Riot Fest. As they begin work on their 4th studio album their eyes are firmly on 2023 which has them touring worldwide all year long.