Published May 21, 2015Early on in his career as Destroyer, Dan Bejar told us all about "The Sublimation Hour." Now, he's revealed that his next LP, the first in four years, will focus on the Poison Season. An LP of the same name lands August 28 through Merge.
Though Bejar had issued his Five Spanish Songs EP in 2013, it's the first full-length Destroyer release since 2011's Kaputt. According to a press release, the Vancouver native's latest 13-song cycle is informed by everything from Hunky Dory-era David Bowie, to sax-blasting "street-rock," to the sophisti-pop sounds of Orange Juice and Prefab Sprout.
As you'll find via the tracklisting down below, the record is bookended with parts one and two of "Times Square, Poison Season," which the songwriter admitted was actually recorded with his backup band in one long take.
Bejar explained in a statement: "That song always swung between super austere and super mid-'70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn't really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle."
As for the rest of the LP, the Destroyer leader had told Exclaim! last year that a handful of tracks "have a Destroyer-like quality to them."
"I don't really know what that means, but you write a song and you're just like, 'Wow, that really sounds like a song I might write,'" he said at the time. "That seems like an incredibly obvious statement to make, but it doesn't always work out that way."
Down below, you can check out the new sax-slathered album cut "Dream Lover." And, yes, that's the Bejar-sporting album cover up above.
Along with the record, Destroyer will also deliver a two-song 12-inch on August 28 that features a remix of Poison Season number "Forces from Above" by DJ [email protected] (a.k.a. producer/New Pornographers member John Collins) and the orchestral version of "Times Square, Poison Season."
Destroyer has also unveiled a big batch of tour dates that will keep the act busy throughout the fall. The North American portion of the trip includes stops in Toronto and Montreal, as well as a hometown gig at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. You'll find all of the details down below.
1. Times Square, Poison Season
2. Dream Lover
3. Forces From Above
5. The River
6. Girl in a Sling
7. Times Square
8. Archer on the Beach
9. Midnight Meet the Rain
10. Solace's Bride
12. Sun in the Sky
13. Times Square, Poison Season II
09/18 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
09/19 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
09/20 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
09/21 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
09/23 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09/24 Dallas, TX - Trees
09/25 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
09/26 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
09/27 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09/29 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
09/30 Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
10/01 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
10/02 Boston, MA - Royale
10/03 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10/04 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/05 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/07 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10/08 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/09 Atlanta, GA - The Loft
10/10 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/11 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
10/13 Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
10/14 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10/15 Boise, ID - Neurolux
10/16 Seattle, WA - The Neptune
10/17 Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
10/30 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
10/31 Brighton, England - The Haunt
11/01 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
11/02 Bristol, England - The Lantern
11/04 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11/07 Bologna, Italy - Covo
11/08 Rome, Italy - Biko
11/09 Luzern, Switzerland - Sudpol
11/10 Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11/11 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11/12 Vienna, Austria - Sczene
11/13 Munich, Germany - Kammerspiele
11/14 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
11/15 Berlin, Germany - Lido
11/17 Bergen, Norway - Hulen
11/18 Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
11/19 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
11/20 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
11/21 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival