Destroyer Announces New Album 'Poison Season'

Fall Tour Dates Announced

On August 28, Destroyer returns with a new full-length, Poison Season, followed by a world tour. Listen to and share the song "Dream Lover" HERE and pre-order the album on CD or double-LP now in the Merge store, or digitally via iTunes.

In addition, Destroyer will concurrently release a two-song 12-inch as a companion to the new album. It includes a remix of "Forces From Above" along with the orchestral "Times Square, Poison Season," a song that gave rise to several tracks on the new album, as detailed below. Pre-order the limited edition 12-inch now in the Merge store.

Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters -- Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack -- simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This Bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record -- first as swaying saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie.

"The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet," explains their author. "I even sang with the band. 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."

Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance within intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed-soul sadness.

Destroyer on tour:
Sep 18 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Sep 19 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Sep 20 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater
Sep 21 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Sep 23 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Sep 24 Dallas, TX - Trees
Sep 25 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
Sep 26 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
Sep 27 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep 29 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
Sep 30 Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
Oct 01 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Oct 02 Boston, MA - Royale
Oct 03 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Oct 04 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct 05 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Oct 07 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
Oct 08 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Oct 09 Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Oct 10 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
Oct 11 St. Louise, MO - The Ready Room
Oct 13 Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
Oct 14 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Oct 15 Boise, ID - Neurolux
Oct 16 Seattle, WA - The Neptune
Oct 17 Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom
Oct 30 London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK - The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE - Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT - Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT - Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH - Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH - Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT - Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE - Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE - Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE - Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO - Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO - Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE - Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK - Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival

Destroyer - Poison Season

August 28, 2015 - Merge (US)/Dead Oceans (EU)


1. Times Square, Poison Season

2. Dream Lover

3. Forces From Above

4. Hell

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

11. Bangkok

12. Sun in the Sky

13. Times Square, Poison Season II |