Posted in metal | music on October 23, 2013

by Doug Moore

new guy is second from left
pig destroyer

Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.

Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:

"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.

Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?

Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.

This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.

Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.

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Housecore Horror Film Festival Band Lineup
Down
Gwar
Goblin
Crowbar
Phil Anselmo & The Illegals
Eyehategod
Pig Destroyer
Hate Eternal
Repulsion
Goatwhore
Whitechapel
Pallbearer
Warbeast
Skrew
Iron Reagan
Ancient VVisdom
Bloody Hammers
Primitive Weapons
Star & Dagger
First Jason
Chris Vrenna
A Band Of Orcs
Lord Dying
Hymns
White Widows Pact
Child Bite
blackQueen
Goatcraft
Honky
The Black Moriah
Cavalcade
Death Will Tremble
Headcrusher
Dead Earth Politics

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Comments (16)

Average Pig Destroyer song is 40 seconds long. Bass is pointless

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | October 23, 2013 12:33 PM

Never heard of this band in their past 16 years

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 12:35 PM

12:35 go crawl back under your indy rock

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 12:58 PM

Nice bunch of guys to bring home to mama!

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 1:09 PM

JR needs to cut back on the beer and bacon

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 1:20 PM

^Dude seriously..the guy is in a band called pig destroyer! What is he supposed to do with all the destroyed pigs? BACON!

Exactly!

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 1:40 PM

Will Puig Destroyer be following suit?

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 1:44 PM

Average pig destroyer song is 40 seconds, so bass is pointless? That is literally the stupidest thing I've all week - here's a medal, you deserve it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 1:49 PM

'Band fucking blows.

Wow, you outlasted all the other bands who did your shit better than you, congrats.

Congrats on FINALLY getting a bassist because you're a self-important twit who didn't want someone to learn your ultra-complex lines and a cheap fuck who wanted to save money on travel and food expenses.


Posted by D | October 23, 2013 2:30 PM

bro in the Hanks shirt looks fine

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 2:41 PM

first few albums were ridiculously good. want to sound more like jesus lizard? even better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 2:44 PM

This band will never, ever sound like Jesus Lizard who are crap themselves.

Posted by D | October 23, 2013 3:54 PM

Jesus Lizard is crap? That's a new one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 4:36 PM

Yeah, crap. 'Not a new one. It's been like that for years.

Posted by D | October 23, 2013 4:50 PM

D really is a dope.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2013 8:04 PM

This is like a ballad for Whitechapel. The lyrics really put you in a place of thought. I remember I was fighting with a friend about how he thought the Westboro Baptist Church was doing the right thing by picketing funerals of dead soldiers. All I could hear was this song while I was explaining my side. I would like to hear more of this but more original instrumentation.

Posted by Ahzie | October 23, 2014 1:22 PM

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