Musicscan: Relapse Records tells Pig Destroyer to be “Reigning grindcore champions” – do you like this? How do you proof them to be right? ,-)
Pig Destroyer: You know, that's their opinion really, I wouldn't say that we dislike it, but I wouldn't say we necessarily agree with it. You know, we just kind of do what we do, we like to play grind and that's why we do it, we don't intentionally plan anything really. I'm not sure we prove it at all. I guess that's up to the listeners.
Musicscan: When a band writes the songs for a record over a longer period, I'd say that these songs can easily stand for a certain period in a band's career, right? But would you say that Book Burner is representative for what Pig Destroyer went through since the release of Phantom Limb and what the band wants to stand for in 2012/13/14/15?
Pig Destroyer: I guess so this record is more lean and mean, like a little more stripped down. it was definitely something we were going for, making an aggressive record. I think we just want to stand for and be known for making some fierce grindcore. I don't see a shift stylistically for us.
Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Pig Destroyer when the band came to be. Has the intention / the spirit changed in any way until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing in 2012?
Pig Destroyer: You know the band started with idea of making some nasty music. That's the intention and the spirit and I feel it's never changed, I mean I wouldn't say our music is for everyone, but that's our philosophy and kind of what we strive for as a band.
Musicscan: Grindcore and extreme music in general are often told to be somehow youth orientated. So how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing? And what fuels your anger?
Pig Destroyer: I don't know if we stay young really, I mean, I'd agree with the statement that extreme music is more oriented to youth, but there's not much to it other than we love playing and performing this music. I feel there's alot to be angry about nowadays, politics, religion, just humanity in general can be disgusting at times. I mean, one just has to look around them to see things that make them angry.
Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the extreme underground for so many years now? What has it done for you?
Pig Destroyer: Being involved in the extreme underground has afforded me alot of interesting things, I've been to places I probably never would have been, and made some great friendships over the years. Alot of amazing experiences, playing and meeting some of my influences, some people that I and the rest of the band really look up too. I mean it's a pretty tight knit community and most people are pretty cool.
Musicscan: Could you imagine another (legal) way to get rid of your frustration and aggression besides playing aggressive and extreme music?
Pig Destroyer: Hhahaha, Not really I mean I love playing music and have wanted to do it ever since I was a kid, so this is pretty much what I want to do.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Pig Destroyer and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band changed?
Pig Destroyer: Yes, it was incredible I mean it's a great feeling to write something that you have that much pride in. It's a great feeling of accomplishment when a song comes together and goes the way you want it to go. I would say that i contribute a little more than I used to, I've worked with the songs a little more and helped take them in the direction that the music needs to go.
Musicscan: Words like vicious or dangerous are used a lot when people describe Pig Destroyer. Is that what you're going for?
Pig Destroyer: I would say yes, I mean, we're a grind band, it can't be nice really.v
Musicscan: Being around the scene for awhile now, does it bother you when you see or meet listeners who ignore you or who have a different understanding of what grindcore/extreme metal means to you?
Pig Destroyer: Absolutely, I mean our band and our music isn't for everyone. We have our fans, i mean we don't play this music to have a broad appeal.
Musicscan: For some time now the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. What are your thoughts on this, and where do you see Pig Destroyer in the grand scheme?
Pig Destroyer: There's a place for that, I mean we're not the most extreme band and we're certainly not the most technical, but there's a place for all of that. We just want to write some mean grindcore.
Musicscan: A lot of bands change their sound over time, but much to your credit Pig Destroyer has kept the sound your fans have grown to love. Concerning Book Burner - has it been hard to stay true to that sound or do you guys just play what feels right?
Pig Destroyer: Mostly we just write what we write, I mean just what feels right, you can't please everybody and we do this band for ourselves so when we're happy with what we've written, that's what's important to us.
Musicscan: Do you still have to deal with limitations when it comes to the songwriting or are you in a position to realize all the ideas you have? And as for Pig Destroyer - how important are compromises in music? Should this play a major role at all?
Pig Destroyer: No, there are not really compromises, again we write what we feel and what comes naturally to us.
Musicscan: Did all of you guys have had an equal vision about how Book Burner should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?
Pig Destroyer: There was a goal in making a meaner and more stripped down faster record, but that's about it really. We were on the same page as each other when writing this record. I think we achieved that, this record is fierce, so it did contribute to the overall sound of the record.
Musicscan: In my mind Book Burner is a pretty courageous record. It´s intense, brutal and really shows what Pig Destroyer wants to do, no matter what listeners say or expect. What would you retort to that?
Pig Destroyer: Thanks alot, I would agree with that statement, it's what we were going for originally and it's nice to hear that someone feels the same way.
Musicscan: You recorded and mixed your own material. How did this effect the overall feel of the new Pig Destroyer record? Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Book Burner?
Pig Destroyer: Scott knows what he's going for as far as an overall sound, so him doing both the mixing and the mastering effected this, I'm not sure we'd really trust everyone with how we sound and what we're going for really. With modern recording techniques, this gets easier and easier. There's no real theme or guiding line in Book Burner, just ferocity.
Musicscan: After all the years and songs: Are there still things left to say and worth singing of? How do you find the topics for your songs?
Pig Destroyer: JR writes what he writes, some of these lyrics, he's been working on for years, it's all a matter of what hits him and when. Desolation, isolation, depravity are some of the topics.
Musicscan: What type of success did you hope to gain with this new record?
Just let's briefly talk about your plans in 2012 and 2013. What are the most important aims and plans with the band?
Pig Destroyer: Well, we wrote this to be a mean and nasty record, I wouldn't say there were any goals. We do plan on playing out a little more on this record, no real tours, but trying to play places we haven't played before.
Musicscan: Last words?
Pig Destroyer: We'd just like to say thanks for all of the support over the years, it's very flattering and we're super grateful for it.