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nspired by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, Puig Destroyer came together just as the outfielder was settling into his rookie year in 2013. They are a “virtual band,” something that wouldn’t have been conceivable 10 years ago. Riley Breckenridge, drummer of post-hardcore legends Thrice, records his drum tracks in Orange County and Ian Miller, bassist of Kowloon Walled City, lays down the bass in his home studio in Oakland. Mike Minnick, erstwhile singer of metalcore greats Curl Up and Die, does his vocals in Chicago. Scott Evans records fellow KWC collaborator Jon Howell’s guitar and mixes their records in his Oakland studio, Antisleep Audio.

The results speak for themselves. Breckenridge’s blast beats tangle tantalizingly with Miller’s old-school hardcore “melodies”; Howell’s avant-metal guitar playing adds an extra dimension not usually found in grindcore. Minnick’s epic, impassioned screams are the rug that ties the room together. All the songs are about baseball, of course, inspired Yasiel Puig’s no-holds-barred style of play.

The self-titled EP blew up on bandcamp and the music and the international fascination with all things Puig led to the band being repped in every medium imaginable, from ESPN to the sports sections of major newspapers to Puig himself listening to the band he inspired at the MLB FanCave. (He deemed it “very good.”) A vinyl release on The Ghost Is Clear Records quickly sold out and is fetching big money on secondary markets. Their follow-up digital EP, Wait for Spring, also did well on Bandcamp.

Now, only a year and change later Puig Destroyer has returned just in time for the 2014 MLB Postseason with their debut self-titled full-length record that will undoubtedly whip fans into a frenzy. The album features 20 bat crackin’ tracks like “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team,” a furious 49 seconds of frustration, “Tommy John,” a track solely dedicated to the infuriating losses due to ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, and “Underdog,” a bench-clearing, motivational ass-kicker.