Premiere: Kings Destroy, “The Mounty”


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Megalithic Brooklyn five-piece Kings Destroy is a melodic addition to New York’s doom-metal class of 2010, spasming uncomfortably alongside recent YIMBY grads like Elks, Primitive Weapons, and Cleanteeth. Fueled mainly by Sabbath’s grooves, Sleep’s foggy haze, and Yob’s oppressive thunder, the band is a meaty collaboration of hardcore vets exploring their manic metal moods (guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski are members of NYHC stalwarts Killing Time–other members have done time in Electric Frankenstein, Uppercut, and Stanley). Their debut album, And the Rest Will Surely Perish (out via The Maple Forum), is sure to continue the lurching, dazed momentum of their “Old Yeller” 7-inch–sap-slow riffs, rumbling drums, and creeptacular Ozzycentric barks at the moon. First taste “The Mounty” has all the tension and bowel-busting churn of your favorite 180-gram Southern Lord vinyl, even as vocalist Steve Murphy yowls and whines with the hook-laden gloomcroon of vintage Alice In Chains.

Q&A: Kings Destroy vocalist Steve Murphy

What is “The Mounty” about?

“The Mounty” is a fictional story about a real life character. There was a venue called The Beat in Portchester, New York, a while back where one of our previous bands used to play. At the bar, there would always be a gentleman in a Canadian Mountie hat drinking. He was never interested in the bands that were playing but we always noticed him because of his hat. So we wrote this song to his memory. The story is written along the lines of a tragedy. It is not dissimilar in style to the French playwrights Racine and Corneille. There is a strong psychological content while having quite a sparse background. The story follows The Mounty banished from up north to his psychological demise while in the U.S. and his triumphant return to Canada excised of his demons whereupon he dies in glory.

What inspired it musically?

The song was the last we wrote prior to heading into the studio. I think we were very much looking to add a morose feeling to what is actually a quite aggressive Sabbath-style riff.

How did you guys get involved with sponsoring a youth basketball team?

The Onpoint Cyclones are a local CYO/AAU basketball team run by Anne Pinto and her partner Billy. We first heard of them through a local Greenpoint blog. We made contact with Anne who invited us down to see the facility at St. Cecelia’s church in Brooklyn. These two people give so much of their time to this effort and it is clearly out of pure love of both children and basketball. They have one of the most successful basketball programs in the city and travel all over the Northeast to play tournaments. Anne told me a story of how they have to pack lunches because they can’t afford to take the team even to McDonalds or a diner to feed them while on the road. We are thrilled to have met such good people and happy to help them out in any way we can.

What’s the most memorable show you’ve played in New York?

The Cake Shop with Stinking Lizaveta. When we showed up, the two brothers in Stinking Lizaveta were battling each other in a chess match while the drummer was practicing yoga.

What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?

Our friends Greg and Jade run El Diablo Taco Truck at Union Pool bar and we also love the food at Brooklyn Bowl.

Kings Destroy play their CD release party at the Cake Shop on December 10.