Destroyer

Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for "The Wild Ones" (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was "Ken." I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It's unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe "The Wild Ones" speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think "ken" also means "to know."

ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a "band" record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

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.

The Tallest Man On Earth Featured on Live at KEXP Compilation

Just when I thought KEXP couldn’t get more awesome, they’ve announced their latest live compilation, Live at KEXP, Volume Seven! The Tallest Man On Earth makes an appearance with his song “A Field of Birds.” Check out the video above for a little taste.

Although we release Destroyer’s music outside of North America, we’re pleased to see them included, as well as Sharon Van Etten, who is signed with our sister-label Jagjaguwar. Congratulations to everybody and a big thank you to KEXP for all the love.

tour dates

11/12/17

Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel

11/13/17

Aarhus, DK - Voxhall

11/14/17

Oslo, NO - John Dee

11/15/17

Stockholm, SE - Fasching

11/16/17

Copenhagen, DK - Vega

11/17/17

Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg

11/19/17

Dueselldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
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