Destroyer

Destroyer's Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings. Dan Bejar's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters--Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack--simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record--first as swaying, saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Broadway Danny Bejar dramatically switches scenes with "Dream Lover," all Style Council strut and brassy, radio-ready bombast (echoes of The Boo Radleys' evergreen earworm "Wake Up Boo!"). This being Destroyer, its paramours-on-the-run exuberance is judiciously spiked by his deadpan delivery: "Oh shit, here comes the sun..." Like the other DB, Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness. Playfully rueful, "Sun in the Sky" foregrounds cryptic lyrical dexterity over pop-classicist strum before gradually left-fielding into rhythmically supple, delirious avant-squall. It's as if Talk Talk took over a Lloyd Cole show. Originally released on a collaborative EP with electronic maestros Tim Hecker and Loscil (the latter's drones are retained here), a retooled "Archer on the Beach" suggests Sade swimming in The Blue Nile, smooth-jazz marimba melancholy dilated by ecstatic ambience. Flecked in heady dissonance, elusively alluring, Dan hymns its eponymous "impossible raver on your death bed" while implicitly beckoning the listener: "Careful now, watch your step, in you go." That's Poison Season in essence: familiar yet mysterious, opaquely accessible. Arch, for sure, but ultimately elevatory.

WATCH // Destroyer Shares Video For “Girl in a Sling”, Album ‘Poison Season’ out August 28

Earlier today, Destroyer released the video for “Girl in a Sling” off of his upcoming album Poison Season, out August 28 on Dead Oceans Of the video, director David Galloway says:

“Bejar sings a lot about cities and girls and injury, sometimes all at the same time. Sometimes they are the same thing, as surreal novelists would have us believe. Besides, people like to see Dan sing – which he doesn’t do a lot of in this video, but he does do a little bit. We wanted to make a video that dealt with central Destroyer themes: to some, Destroyer is a lech; to some, he is an arsonist; to some, he is a savior. To me, he is the consummate comedian, but he resists that role. So we decided to go the opposite way and make something sad, something tragic, something that fits the new record. The adage “comedy equals tragedy plus time” is attributed to Carol Burnett’s mum. Or it might have been Steve Allen. Either way, I always want Dan to do physical comedy, but he resists. He’s a natural, though. He’s the Pacific Northwest’s Buster Keaton, and I hope one day to share that with the world. One day. For now, though, there’s just this sadness. This poison season.”

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces ‘Poison Season’ Out 8/28, World Tour

Hey Destroyer fans, it’s Poison Season. Vancouver’s Dan Bejar returns with a new full-length and world tour. Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings as Bejar channels a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters – Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack – simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This Bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record – first as swaying saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Check out lead single “Dream Lover” above.

“The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet. I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn’t really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle.” – Dan Bejar

In addition, Destroyer will concurrently release a two-song 12-inch as a companion to the new album. It includes a remix of “Forces From Above” along with the orchestral “Times Square, Poison Season,” a song that gave rise to several tracks on the new album, as detailed below. Pre-order HERE

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

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WATCH // Destroyer Premieres Video For “Bye Bye”, European Tour Starts December 1st

Today you can watch Dan Bejar‘s new video for “Bye Bye” via The Quietus off his new EP, Five Spanish Songs. The new EP, a followup to 2011’s Kaputt, comes out December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe and consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro. Watch the chicken filled video above or on YouTube here.

Click read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts, info about the UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release, and to hear another track off the album, , El Rito.
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TOUR ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Premieres New Track “El Rito”, Announces US Tour Dates

Destroyer fans! Take a listen to a new track off Dan Bejar’s new EP, Five Spanish Songs, called “El Rito”. The new EP, a followup to 2011’s Kaputt, comes out December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe and consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.

Listen to El Rito above or on our Soundcloud here.

Read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts, info about US solo tour dates with Pink Mountaintops, and a UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release.
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Booking Agent Contact

US Booking
Ali Hedrick, ali@billions.com

UK/EU Booking
Bob van Heur, bob@belmontbookings.nl

tour dates

09/18/15

Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom  w/ Frog Eyes

09/19/15

San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  w/ Frog Eyes

09/20/15

Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater  w/ Frog Eyes

09/21/15

Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/23/15

Austin, TX - The Mohawk  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/24/15

Dallas, TX - Trees  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/25/15

Lawrence, KS - The Granada  w/ Jennifer Castle
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