Rock My World Canada, Chapter 20: Destroyer

[Mike Carr has put together a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s GuideIt’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. This is the latest excerpt from his book. – AC]

Destroyer is an indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar. Formed in 1995, Destroyer has specialized in songs that are characterized by abstract poetic lyrics and idiosyncratic vocals. The band’s discography draws from a variety of influences, resulting in albums that can sound markedly different from one another. Bejar says “That’s kind of my goal: to start from scratch every time.”

We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge, Destroyer’s 1996 debut album, consists of sixteen lo-fi home recordings. One reviewer suggested that the album combines Bejar’s gift for melodies “with a concerted effort to make the recording downright inconsumable. The guitars are always out of tune and the vocals are of Fisher-Price quality.” Things have changed dramatically since then as the video below will attest.

 

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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