The man behind Destroyer is an inscrutable songwriter named Dan Bejar. The Vancouver native, who also forms part of the indie supergroup The New Pornographers, founded the group in 1995.
Destroyer’s most recent album, Kaputt, revisits early 1980s soft rock, synth-pop and smooth jazz. The 2011 record’s promotional material lists some of the themes Bejar “alluded to or avoided” in the work:
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 backup vocals of certain Roy Ayers and Long John Baldry tours … Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
Download “Chinatown” from Destroyer’s ninth release and check out the music video for “Savage Night at the Opera” below.
Destroyer plays at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night.