Destroyer

Destroyer is Dan Bejar from Vancouver, British Columbia. Kaputt is his latest vision: an opulent, lyrical, game-changing masterpiece to rank with the choicest works of Sade, Scritti Politti, Simply Red and Steely Dan. For a more contemporary touchstone, feel free to consider it the sad-eyed psychic cousin of GAYNGS' smooth opus Relayted. These elaborate songs were lovingly crafted by a large studio ensemble of dedicated players; they are given fresh life on the road by an eight-piece touring band which will visit European shores for the first time this year. Kaputt was released by the good people of Merge in North America, entering the Billboard chart at number 62 and receiving exultant hosannas from such august publications as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin and The Washington Post. Pitchfork awarded it their Best New Music accolade, noting that "Kaputt feels wise. Like a mirror that actually points back at something better. Something you can jam and let wash over you, but also something you can use. It feels funny, tragic, artful, and ultimately true." The record scored an A- grade when reviewed by The Onion's A.V. Club, who declared: "Kaputt rolls luxuriously in its own plush soft-rock grandeur, powerfully alluring and deeply sad at the same time." Dead Oceans are honoured to be Destroyer's new home for the UK and Europe. Welcome to Avalon, people. This is a paradigm shift. Kaputt by Malaparte, which Bejar has never read... Kara Walker, specifically the lyrics she contributed to the song "Suicide Demo For Kara Walker"... Chinatown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar's... Baby blue eyes... 80s Miles Davis... 90s Gil Evans... Last Tango In Paris... Nic Bragg, who played lead guitar on every song, again... Fretless bass... The hopelessness of the future of music... The pointlessness of writing songs for today... V-Drums... The superiority of poetry and plays... And what's to become of film?... The Cocaine Addict... American Communism... Downtown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar's... The LinnDrum... Avalon and, more specifically, Boys And Girls... The devastated mind of JC/DC, who recorded, produced and mixed this record from fall of 2008 to spring of 2010... The back-up vocals of certain Roy Ayers and Long John Baldry tours... Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence... These are some of the themes alluded to or avoided in the album Kaputt...

Destroyer Announces New Tour Dates

Destroyer kicks off their European tour this upcoming July with dates going well into the fall. In addition to venue dates, you can see the band at several festivals, including Melt!, Latitude, Dour, Poolbar, and more! Today we’ve got a new round of November shows to share. Here’s your chance; don’t miss the live show. See new dates below and check out the full schedule and links to buy tickets HERE.

 

11/13/12 London, UK – Village Underground BUY TICKETS
11/14/12 Bristol, UK – Fleece BUY TICKETS
11/15/12 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s BUY TICKETS
11/16/12 Manchester, UK – Sound Control BUY TICKETS
11/19/12 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich BUY TICKETS
11/20/12 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall BUY TICKETS
11/21/12 Goteborg, SE – Pustervik BUY TICKETS
11/22/12 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret BUY TICKETS
11/23/12 Stockholm, SE – Strand BUY TICKETS
11/25/12 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia BUY TICKETS
11/28/12 Copenhagen, DK – Vega BUY TICKETS

Destroyer Announce Upcoming European Dates

Destroyer is hitting Europe for a string of July dates! Check them out below and catch Dan Bejar and his band as they traipse across the continent:

7/11/12 – Colors Festival @ Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
7/12/12 – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
7/13/12 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
7/14/12 – Dour Festival, Belgium
7/15/12 – MELT! festival, Graefenhainichen, Germany
7/17/12 – Musicbox, Lisbon, Portugal
7/18/12 – Festival Sinsal, Vigo, Spain
7/19/12 – Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain
7/20/12 – Jazzaldia, San Sebastian, Spain
7/21/12 – Mar de la Musique @ Arabian Castle, Cartagena, Spain
7/23/12 – Open Air, Bordeaux, France
7/25/12 – Festival in Fluss, Basel, Switzerland
7/26/12 – Poolbar Festival, Feldkirch, Austria
7/27/12 – Bolognetti on the rocks, Bologna, Italy
7/28/12 – Radar Festival, Padova, Italy

Destroyer Covers New Order for MOJO Compilation

In the February 2012 issue of Mojo, Destroyer takes part in the remaking of New Order’s Power, Corruption, & Lies and the single “Blue Monday.” The covermount CD, included with purchase of the magazine, features 13 different artists doing some serious justice in the recreation of New Order’s second and possibly most revered album.

Destroyer covers “Leave Me Alone.” For a preview of the album, check out Mojo’s Tumblr and to listen to Destroyer’s track in it’s entirety, head over to The Quietus.

UK Press Loves Destroyer

The end of year love just keeps rolling in! Drowned in Sound, The Stool Pigeon, The Quietus, Uncut, The Guardian, MOJO and NME all named Destroyer’s Kaputt in their top 50 best albums of 2011 lists. Thanks guys. We’re totally blushing over here. Hugs all around. Here’s a list of where we ranked:

#20 Drowned in Sound
#22 The Stool Pigeon
#29 The Quietus
#31 Uncut
#33 The Guardian
#41 MOJO
#44 NME
Adding to the excitement, Pitchfork put Kaputt at #2 on their list. Wow. We’re kind of speechless. Thank you again. For reals.

Booking Agent Contact

US Booking
Ali Hedrick, ali@billions.com

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

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