Destroyer

Friday

Destroyer

Parish, Friday, March 14

Dan Bejar's contributions to the New Pornographers have made him a cult hero, celebrated in his native Canada and beyond for his reedy harmonies and complex lyrics. Yet Bejar displays little enthusiasm for being the star of the show, so when his twang-free side-project, Destroyer, faced technical difficulties at its late-night showcase, a major meltdown seemed probable. Indeed, Bejar submitted to the audience that the band would offer a lesson in "making do." Among the troubles, keyboardist Ted Bois was forced to play a borrowed Yamaha, which contributed to the band's performance fatigue. Introducing music from his new Merge disc, Trouble in Dreams, Bejar offered sarcastically, "Here's a song about wearing wool pants in Austin." In other words, the frontman wanted to be somewhere else. Despite efforts to sabotage the set, however, Destroyer eventually found a bit of fire. Drummer Fisher Rose kept driving the skins, providing a strong backbeat, while Bejar and his guitar team rocked new material, including "Dark Leaves Form a Thread" and older songs such as "Snow White." Sloppy psychedelia emerged the order of the evening, Bejar ultimately demonstrating that he really does care whether or not what he has to say gets a hearing.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Dan Oko
Spotlight: Richard Thompson
Spotlight: Richard Thompson
10pm, Antone's

March 15, 2013

Ballroom Dancing
SXSW Keynote: Dave Grohl
SXSW panel reviews

March 15, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Destroyer

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle