The ultimate hipster bands are all "ironic" grindcore. Social conscience with a side of self-importance, yo.
Pig Destroyer has always seemed to me to be of this ilk, from the fanbase, but I've never heard them. There's a correlation between my lack of will to hear them and the PD fans I've met.
When will grindcore renovate itself? It's dead now, at least to its original ideals, and any sense of musical quality.
they do appeal to a hipster crowd, and i for one think it is a shame that their early material is almost completely ignored in favor of their last 2 albums. most of their "fans" don't realize that PD has been around for over 10 years, and simply think they are br00tal based on their recent releases.
i dont know how much of a grindcore fan you are, but give "Explosions in Ward 6" or "Prowler in the Yard" a try. theyre not the best grindcore band around, but i think those works have some merit.
"Prowler in the Yard" is a disk I find myself returning to every now and then. There's so many good ideas that went into that record, and I think it's appeal is that there's excellent, competent, coherent riffing played to drums that are either punishingly fast or very bouncy in the hardcore-bombast style of Napalm Death and narrated by a barking madman. Something like a band that Ron Atkins' anti-hero whore-mangler Harry Russo would find himself at home in.
It has a lot of similarities to metalcore though, and many of those good ideas that masquerade the said 'core are so plentiful but microscopic and thus they are forgettable. They manifest and then go away too quickly: GRINDCORE. Unfortunately, this damns Pig Destroyer to be welcomed by two types of people: Grindcore fans and Hipsters. Grindcore fans because it's good grind, and hipsters because they mistake artistry for irony.
If they had more focus and less madness I'd probably consider that album alone to be among the more memorable CD's I own; unfortunately I think the "madness" of their music is part of the wider appeal. It's kind of like an exercise in being "almost there."