Photos Ashley Gellman, Magda Wosinska, Ray Koh, Chiara Ceccaioni Destroy Boys have spent their young lives tearing up stages from California to the UK. Forming the band when they were only 15, Alexia Roditis and Violet Mayugba quickly rose in the Northern California scene, releasing their debut “Sorry, Mom” in 2016.
The record was full of visceral tales of scene bullies, elitist cliques, betrayal, and unrequited love. Recorded in only one day, the album included the future TikTok winner “I Threw Glass at My Friend’s Eyes and Now I’m On Probation”. Taking a whole 4 days, the band worked with Martin Cooke on “Make Room” which was released in 2018 and featured such tracks as "Duck Eat Duck World", later included in Tony Hawk's Pro-Skater. Mayugba, Roditis and drummer Narsai Malik signed to Hopeless Records in 2020 and their 3rd LP "Open Mouth, Open Heart", produced by Will Yip, was released the following year. The song grew on their punk roots to embrace more nuanced elements of rock, as well as featuring two songs with Spanish lyrics - which has been increasingly important to Roditis, who has Argentinian roots. The band launched into heavy touring in 2021, rolling around the US on several headline runs and supporting Alkaline Trio and Taking Back Sunday in the UK. Fresh off a highly noticed performance at Riot Fest, Destroy Boys have no plans of slowing down in 2023.