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Destroyer’s New Record, ‘ken,’ is Out Today

Destroyer records warrant rituals. Be it pouring yourself a glass of wine, cracking open a nearby window to let the last of the day’s light in, moving furniture around so you can dance in the living room, lighting candles. Drop the needle once the mood’s right and you’ll unlock a world built by Dan Bejar himself.

Today we’re given another realm to explore. ken, the twelfth album by Destroyer, is out now. Bejar broke down the new record track by track with Pitchfork – we recommend following along with the piece as you listen.

Stream and/or Purchase ken
https://destroyer.lnk.to/ken

Just a reminder that ken is available on CD, LP, and via digital outlets. A limited deluxe edition of the LP pressed on opaque yellow vinyl includes a bonus 7-inch containing solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Both the standard and deluxe versions of the LP include a lyric insert and download card.

A full band incarnation of Destroyer will begin their European tour in mid-November, with their London date on December 7th. Full dates below.

Destroyer Tour Dates:
Nov 12 Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
Nov 13 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 14 Oslo, NO – John Dee
Nov 15 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 16 Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Nov 17 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Nov 18 Munich, DE – Ampere / Muffatwerk
Nov 19 Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
Nov 21 Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Nov 22 Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
Nov 23 San Sebastián, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Nov 24 Lisbon, PT – Mexefest
Nov 25 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
Nov 26 Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
Nov 27 Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
Nov 29 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Nov 30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
Dec 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 03 Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Dec 05 Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Dec 07 London, UK – Scala
Dec 08 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Dec 09 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Dec 10 Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels
Jan 10 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
Jan 11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
Jan 13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jan 15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan 16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jan 17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Jan 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 20 Chicago, IL – Metro
Jan 21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Jan 22 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Jan 24 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jan 29 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Jan 30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Feb 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Feb 02 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Feb 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb 05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Feb 07 Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
Feb 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb 09 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

Destroyer Shares “Cover From the Sun” from ‘ken,’ Out Friday

Ahead of this Friday’s release of Destroyer’s twelfth album ken, Dan Bejar is sharing one final preview from the release that Record Collector has already called “a luxury item, one of the most vital pieces of hand luggage on our hero’s journey.”

Listen to Destroyer’s “Cover From the Sun” now –

Cover From the Sun” is replete with a lead guitar, tambourine, and live drums, while a sprightly Bejar delivers lines of a blonde Che Guevara and Shakespeare in the park. Needless to say, the song should twist all presupposed theories you may have had about ken after listening to the previously released “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” and “Sky’s Grey.”

ken is available on CD, LP, and via digital outlets. A limited deluxe edition of the LP pressed on opaque yellow vinyl includes a bonus 7-inch containing solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Both the standard and deluxe versions of the LP include a lyric insert and download card.

Pre-order ken
https://destroyer.lnk.to/ken

A full band incarnation of Destroyer will begin their European tour in mid-November, with their London date on December 7th. Full dates below.

Destroyer Tour Dates:
Nov 12 Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
Nov 13 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 14 Oslo, NO – John Dee
Nov 15 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 16 Copenhagen, DK – Vega
Nov 17 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Nov 18 Munich, DE – Ampere / Muffatwerk
Nov 19 Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
Nov 21 Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Nov 22 Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
Nov 23 San Sebastián, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Nov 24 Lisbon, PT – Mexefest
Nov 25 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
Nov 26 Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
Nov 27 Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
Nov 29 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Nov 30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
Dec 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 03 Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Dec 05 Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Dec 07 London, UK – Scala
Dec 08 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Dec 09 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Dec 10 Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels
Jan 10 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
Jan 11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
Jan 13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jan 15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan 16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jan 17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Jan 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 20 Chicago, IL – Metro
Jan 21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Jan 22 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Jan 24 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jan 29 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Jan 30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Feb 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Feb 02 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Feb 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb 05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Feb 07 Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
Feb 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb 09 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

Destroyer Shares “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood”

On this very day, we are pleased to share the video for Destroyer’s new single “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood.” The video was directed by KC (aka Karen Zolo) as an adaptation of the much-revered classic film La Jetée, which addresses contemporary issues of identity, borders, and race.

“I’d just had a conversation about artist Chris Marker with a friend when I was approached to make a music video for the upcoming Destroyer album,” said Zolo. “‘You have a month.’ Okay… I had no idea what the song even sounded like, but the only idea I had was to remake Chris Marker’s La Jetée as faithfully as possible. It’s not just an homage to the great cine-poet; it’s also about the medium of film, about still photography. It would have been a billion times easier and less stressful to shoot it digitally, but it was worth it.”

ken, Dan Bejar’s 12th studio album, is out October 20th. It’s available for pre-order right now via: https://destroyer.lnk.to/ken

UK/EU Tour Dates
Nov 12 Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
Nov 13 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 14 Oslo, NO – John Dee
Nov 15 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 16 Copenhagen, DN – Vega
Nov 17 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Nov 19 Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
Nov 21 Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Nov 22 Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
Nov 23 San Sebastian, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Nov 24 Lisbon, PR – Mexefest
Nov 25 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
Nov 26 Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
Nov 27 Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
Nov 29 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Nov 30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
Dec 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 03 Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Dec 05 Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Dec 07 London, UK – Scala
Dec 08 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Dec 09 Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso Noord
Dec 10 Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels

US Tour Dates
Jan 10 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
Jan 11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
Jan 13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jan 15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan 16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jan 17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Jan 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 19 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Jan 20 Chicago, IL – Metro
Jan 21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Jan 22 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Jan 24 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jan 29 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Jan 30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Feb 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Feb 02 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Feb 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb 05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Feb 07 Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
Feb 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb 09 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

Destroyer Announces New Album ‘ken’, Out October 20th

Pre-order ken:
Destroyer.lnk.to/ken

On October 20, Destroyer returns with ken.


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.

ken will also be available as a Deluxe LP: Pressed on opaque yellow vinyl and includes a bonus 7-inch single on black vinyl that contains solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Includes lyric insert.

Destroyer is also happy to share a run of European tour dates this winter. See full run of dates below.


ken Track Listing
1 Sky’s Grey
2 In the Morning
3 Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
4 Cover From the Sun
5 Saw You at the Hospital
6 A Light Travels Down the Catwalk
7 Rome
8 Sometimes In the World
9 Ivory Coast
10 Stay Lost
11 La Regle du Jeu


UK/EU Tour Dates
11/12 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
11/13 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
11/14 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
11/15 – Stockholm, SE – Fasching
11/16 – Copenhagen, DN – Vega
11/16 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/19 – Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
11/21 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
11/22 – Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
11/23 – San Sebastian, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
11/25 – Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
11/26 – Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
11/27 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
11/29 – Lille, FR – L’ Aeronef
11/30 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
12/01 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
12/03 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
12/05 – Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
12/06 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
12/07 – London, UK – Scala
12/08 – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
12/09 – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso Noord
12/10 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels

ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces “My Mystery” 12-inch + Remix by DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com, Extensive European + Asian Tour

In autumn 2015, Destroyer released Poison Season — a treasure trove of mid-’70s Bowie-esque thumpers, string-laden laments and E Street horns—to universal acclaim, following it up with a mammoth 8-piece band tour around North America and Europe. Recorded in the same sessions as Poison Season, the song “My Mystery” was a huge favorite yet somehow felt like it didn’t quite fit on the album. So we are pleased to be able to share it now in advance of Destroyer’s forthcoming tours of Europe and Southeast Asia. A limited 12-inch will be released on 6 May.

Says Bejar: “We recorded a song called “My Mystery” a year and a half ago. Kind of a light number, vaguely danceable. Wistful, looking back not unfondly on time spent and dull misadventures had within the dead-as-a-doornail music industry. And the feeling of where it leaves you, like a rat in the middle of the ocean, though not as harsh as that; as if rats could swim an ocean’s length.

Then one day DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com called me up and said, “You got any shit for me?”…

So here it is, the video that features the remix by DJ johnedwardcollins@gmail.com (who also plays in the live band and has remixed Destroyer on prior singles). Shot in Mexico City, by Nicloas Bragg, the director says, “‘An ideal city must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery…’ -Luis Barragan. Night falls on CDMX and Destroyer dreams of chasing architects along the oval horse track surrounding Parque Mexico. Old dogs, old men and old Bejar stray into the mesh of fountains, facades and blood orange flumes. “My Mystery” captures our last hours in Mexico City. Taco stands and mezcal bars point the way — all while people keep death in their wine-sloshed eyes. “

Destroyer will be playing their debut shows in Asia this April in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand and will be back in Europe for more dates this coming June. All dates are listed below!
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