Destroyer brought their slinky sound to Terminal West in Atlanta on Wednesday, January 31st.
This was my first time seeing Destroyer live and I was curious how the band would sound live versus the recorded sound. I should not have had any doubts about the sound of Destroyer as the band and their formidable front man Dan Bejar have been making music since the mid-nineties. Destroyer sounded fantastic and smooth. The dark, melodic, and moody sound of the band felt even dreamier live.
Destroyer began as a solo recording project of Dan Bejar. and according to Dan the goal of Destroyer is to answer the question “How could a decrepit-sounding voice sing in a dark, new romantic world?” Destroyer has been answering that question quite a bit as the band put out its 12th album, ken, in the fall of 2017 via Merge Records. Dan Bejar is also known for his work with the group The New Pornographers. Destroyer continues their tour across the U.S. and ending in their hometown of Vancouver, BC.
Opening for Destroyer was Seattle, Washington’s Mega Bog. The group was/is a great warm up for Destroyer. Now based out of Brooklyn, Mega Bog has a dreamy, jazzy, new age, ambient pop sound that they describe as “stream of consciousness”. The music and sound just flow. Mega Bog’s front woman Erin Birgy has a smooth subdued presence with a bit of humor. She told a story of throwing spaghetti on a crowd and the crowd did not find it amusing. Mega Bog continues their tour in the US with a couple of shows with Destroyer and then opening for Of Montreal. They are crisscrossing from the east coast, out to the west, and make their way back to Athens at the 40watt on March 22.
Written and shot by Christina Pradham. Check out Christina’s photos from the show:
Destroyer Upcoming Tour Dates
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