Handsome Tours is proud to announce Canadian musician Dan Bejar will bring his revered indie guitar project Destroyer to Australian shores for the first time ever this September, performing at a string of headline solo shows. Performances will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Fremantle, Hyden, Adelaide, and Wollongong.
Destroyer’s new album ken (produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain) was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space named by the band as The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a “band” record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.
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.”
Destroyer will play songs new and old whilst on tour this September. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch him performing live in your city at the beginning of Spring.