Hailing from Sacramento, CA, Destroy Boys have shoved and dominated their way into well-deserved notoriety with their aptly named album Make Room, released on Uncool Records. They demand attention and will not go unnoticed with their powerful music that’s full of attitude.

The riot girls first gained traction when Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong repped their band shirt in a Rolling Stone interview. At the time, founding members Alexia Roditis (vocals) and Vi Mayugba (lead guitar) were still in high-school singing humorous titles laden with teen angst off their debut LP release Sorry Mom. Ethan Knight completes the trifecta on drums and a bass player has been added on Make Room to heighten the intensity of the raucous sound.

The current music has less to do with relationship troubles; it has grown up along-side its band members. It is as much about introspective reflection as it is outwardly brash protest. The release of Make Room a year after their first album is impressive in itself as, along with carrying out necessary band duties, the members are currently attending college.

Mayugba’s relentless power strumming is introduced immediately in the first track “American River”, which is shortly joined by Roditis’ guttural wailing vocals. The lyrics speak to the frivolity of teen issues in school, giving motivation to rise above the struggle and retain self-pride. “Crybaby” has the same tune for self-reflection, stating “it’s not you, it’s me why I keep coming around”. There’s something refreshing and empowering about taking ownership and not giving gratification to others by mention, even out of dissent.

Distortion and grit in songs like “B.F.F.” and “Nerve” are unrelenting through each power melody, barely leaving a breath for both artist and listener.  “Piedmont” takes a more melodic turn, with soft percussion that highlights Roditis’ silky vocal range.

Grunge roots in “Gold Medal” sneer towards irrational standards of acceptability while “Duck Eat Duck World” claims authenticity in an explosive punk rock manner. The album finishes with “Soundproof”, where Roditis honestly admits to her discomfort of singing on stage. It’s a unique sense of self-assuredness, being so blatant of her fears while facing them in-front of a live audience.

This release is solid energy from start to finish and proves Destroy Boys have cleared the way, or Made Room if you will, for their future guaranteed success.

Nicole Swanson