If the Boy Scouts dished out badges for rocking hard then Boulder, Colorado, band Boy Scouts of Destruction would be keeping their mums busy sewing for months. Or, more likely, they’d be too badass to be allowed into the Scouts full-stop.
The band sent us a couple of tracks from last year’s self-titled debut EP. The EP opens up with seven-minute-long epic 45, which kicks off with a fun guitar riff and driving drums that continue under cries of “America for Caligula” then “‘Cause all we need is more greed, And more and more, War.”
A repeat of that drops into a fun little guitar riff, then spoken vocals “America’s workers, Stop being so selfish, Can’t you see America’s billionaires are suffering… You don’t deserve a raise, Even though we’ll stick it to on your mortgage.” Then the fun riff returns and feeds into a building section of low guitar and rolling drums, then a cheeky little bass solo.
A wild high-pitched guitar comes in over more spoken vocals and a plodding bassline, then drops into little flurries of guitar before a cool effects-ridden piercing solo. Check it out below:
That’s followed by the darker, more vicious Frightwig, which opens up with booming drawn-out riff under spoken vocals “God drives a Plymouth Fury, But it been through the stars tonight… Deborah can’t put out the fire.”
The guitars intensify amid rolling drums as the spoken vocals pick up, then increase in pace “Let us transcend this false paradise, The kiss that explodes shall be our guide, Whisper to you nastic tantric secrets, Set your soul on fire.” Then it launches into a faster guitar riff and pounding drums as the vocals intensify, and continues to increase in pace and heaviness with a big guitar solo over heavy drums. Check it out here:
While Bitter Angels offers a little more angst, including the line “Fuck your death trip, I’m gonna knock you out and sober you up.” Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with the band to get the lowdown on what gets these boy scouts going. Read on below…
GR: Who are Boy Scouts of Destruction?
Morgan: “We’re a punk, metal, hard rock band from Boulder, CO. The core of our group is Lloyd on vocals, Paul on drums, and me on guitar. But, BSOD has had the immense good fortune to collaborate on this EP with some major talent from the area. Just give Jeff’s guitar solo on 45 a listen and you’ll hear what I mean. Unfortunately, everybody couldn’t make the interview, so you’ll have to settle for Lloyd and me.
GR: That’ll do for us! What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
Morgan: “The opportunity to play with Paul came up! We started playing together and arranging these songs. When things started to take shape we brought in Lloyd to start to work some lyrics and meaning into the music, and the band. I think we’re all driven creators. Additionally, we began recording with our engineer Erik, and recruiting more collaborators.
“We could have said “featuring so-and-so” here and there, but if you’re a part of it, you’re entitled to full benefits, and BSOD takes all comers!”
GR: You sent us the opening two tracks from your debut EP – both sound cool! What should people be expecting from 45 and Frightwig?
Morgan: “Expect that in the opening line of Frightwig we evoke God’s Fury. I will let 45 speak for itself.”
Lloyd: “Frightwig is a dreamscape of Gnostic mysticism. 45, is a pie in the face.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Lloyd: “A mix between post-punk, heavy metal, and hard rock. It’s also very experimental.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Lloyd: “I took a laid back approach to this project and felt a Lou Reed, Conway Twitty, talking blues vibe. With some Iceberg Slim and a pinch of Kiss.”
Morgan: “What makes me continue to push this project is some kind of artistic duty. Robert Raushenberg said it was the artist’s job to be a witness to history. More recently, Henry Rollins said ‘This is not a time to be dismayed, this is punk rock time. This is what Joe Strummer trained you for.’ That, and I just love making rock and roll with these guys.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Morgan: “Frightwig is an easy one to answer because I immediately had a Black Sabbath meets Bad Brains connection to the song. 45 I felt like it was almost a grunge anthem by Joy Division and Nirvana. That’s unintentional, but one never knows.
“In conversation about our ideas, Lloyd and I are as likely to be talking about William Blake and John Milton, as we are John Lydon.”
GR: Quite the random combo then! What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
Morgan: “Writing new material, polishing unrecorded tracks, and hopefully get back in the studio before the year is out! But, one never knows.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
Morgan: “Yes! Our standard disclaimer… The term ‘Boy Scout’ has become an American archetype, synonymous with truth-telling, good deeds and preparedness. Our name is a contradiction, and emblematic of the derangement of the American Character.
“As satire, The BSA has made recent efforts to be more inclusive, however, atheists are still not permitted membership. As a Punk/Metal rock group, our unifying position is anti-authoritarian. We used the ancient symbol of The Helm of Awe (which provides protection from powerful men) on our album cover. Our use of this Nordic rune has NOTHING TO DO WITH ETHNICITY, but rather ancient mysticism.”