Destruction Of A King: Hardcore from the City of Angels

Based out of the Los Angeles area, Destruction Of A King is one of the most dynamic local hardcore outfits on the scene today.  The band was recently signed by Hotfoot Records, and has just released their self-titled EP.  More recently the DOAK dudes took the road, creating havoc and good times wherever they played.  With compelling lyrics, great tunes, tight musicianship, and a charismatic vocalist, this collective is headed straight to the time with ease – ready to place the City Of Angels on the hardcore map.  We recently interviewed vocalist Alex Portugal, discussing several of their songs, his feelings on the local LA music scene, van wars, and a whole lot more…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Destruction Of A King, and how long the band has been together.
Well my name is Alex Portugal and I’m the vocalist for DOAK. I’m 20 years old and have been in DOAK since it started which was three years ago.

What do you think of the local Los Angeles hardcore music scene and how does Destruction Of A King fit into the scheme of things?
I personally do not like the local Los Angeles hardcore music scene. I feel like all the up and coming local bands sound the same. Destruction of A King is still technically a local band, but I’d like to feel that we stand out a little more than most bands hopefully.

How did you wind up being signed to Hotfoot Records?
We contacted William the Third Art & Design to do our layout and he asked to hear our stuff. He said he liked it and that he’d show it to Jeremy Pektus. I wasn’t that excited about it because we’ve had so many people tell us shit and nothing happen. Lucky for us, William contacted us with Jeremy’s information and after a short period of time we were finally signed!

How has your tour with Monuments been going and what have been some of the highlights so far?
The tour with Monuments has been so much fun. I can truly say that DOAK and Monuments are best friends now. Other than playing shows together, we’ve had tons of Van wars. Some of these Van wars have included throwing bottles of piss at each other’s Van and even shit. Both bands are going to try to find a car wash very soon ha-ha!

Your lyrical content is really powerful and I’d like to discuss a few of the songs. First of all, what inspired the song Dirty Diana? Not Michael Jackson I assume…
Ha-ha! Yeah, Michael Jackson was definitely not the inspiration behind Dirty Diana. The song Dirty Diana is a song that I personally do not talk about. Everything you need to know is in the lyrics and I’m not opening that door in my life EVER.

I’ll Keep Flying is a moving song. What inspired the lyrical content for that?
I’ll Keep Flying is about my Mom. My Mom has been there for me since I was little, but more importantly she has supported me with the band. She’s never told me that I should quit the band or put it aside; she always gives me the drive I need to keep on pushing with DOAK. The lyrics them self were a dream I had about her, I was flying through clouds and once I touched the ground she was there. I couldn’t see her face really, but I knew it was her.She told me to never give up and live the dream I want to live, which is the band. I woke up very emotional and started to write lyrics of everything that happened in the dream. I LOVE YOU MOM!

Tell me about what inspired the lyrical content for All Day Everyday Fantasies – and have you received any unusual reactions from that song?
Oh my god Yes! The reactions I normally get when someone first hears the lyrics is jaw dropping and bugged eyes. The song is about a sex addiction. I’ve noticed sex has become so “popular” amongst this generation. Sex is something natural and people shouldn’t feel embarrassed to talk about it. So I exercised my right of free speech and wrote a song about it plain and simple.

How many tours have you done overall and what has been the best and worst part about touring and being on the road?
This tour with Monuments is our very first legitimate tour. The best part has been hanging out with each other, playing the shows, and meeting cool new people. Some of bad times of tour is seeing everybody fight with their girlfriends. All around though, tour is NOT for everyone ha-ha!

Any strange or unusual stories from the road?
We were on our way to Phoenix, Arizona and our transmission blew out. We were on the side of the road at night while semi trucks drove by us at 500mph! We didn’t want to drop the tour after only playing one show so we started pushing the van thinking we’d get somewhere ha-ha! AAA towed us to the nearest rest stop. The next morning we decided to turn the Van on and see what happened. The Van started moving so we got on the highway, but then the Van stopped moving again! We were back on the side of the road again. AAA now was only able to tow the Van to an AAMCO, but they wouldn’t take the trailer. Long story short, we made it to the Phoenix show and got our transmission fixed so we could finish the tour. DOAK doesn’t let obstacles get in the way!

What could one expect from a live Destruction Of A King show?
Complete chaos! Kids stage diving, girls, fat girls, unicorns, sweaty guys, fights, magicians, good times, and an unforgettable epic show!

If you could be a donut, what kind would you be and why?
A sprinkled donut. Who doesn’t love sprinkles?!

What is the most embarrassing song you have on your IPOD and why?
I’m not embarrassed by any song on my IPOD, but if I had to choose I’d say Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You. I love that song and sing it at the top of my lungs whenever I hear it ha-ha!

How close are you to recording a full length CD?
Our full-length will definitely be out next year, hopefully before the summer so be sure to keep checking back on myspace for updates.

Do you have any messages for peeps reading this who might want to check your band out?
Well first off, If you have a band, DON’T GIVE UP! Be sure to come out to our shows and have a good time. You can check us out on myspace.com/destructionofaking and be sure to pick up our brand new self-titled EP on Itunes. Also, a BIG shout out to Hotfoot Records and Bonfire Managment. Thank you Highwire Daze for this interview and be sure to GET DOAKED!

(Interview and Photos by Kenneth Morton)

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