In support of the band’s new album, Have We Met, Destroyer plays Black Cat on Monday, March 9.
In January, Vancouver’s own Destroyer released their latest LP, Have We Met, via Merge Records. The thoughts of a family man growing older, Have We Met depicts the modern world through the witty, observant eyes of frontman Dan Bejar.
“I don’t think I’ve ever sounded that intimate and personal before,” Dan told Rolling Stone. “It sounded very immediate to me and the closest to my actual voice.”
Recording vocals in his home while trying not to disturb his family, Dan began composing Have We Met starting from ground zero. Those skeletal tracks he sent along to producer John Collins, whom Bejar wanted to flesh out with plenty of freedom. Unlike most albums by Destroyer or even ones by most rock bands, Have We Met contains far more digital effects than physical instruments. The result sounds nothing like any Destroyer album so far, nor will it sound the same when performed live.
Watch the official music video for “It Just Doesn’t Happen” by Destroyer on YouTube:
Have We Met, designated Best New Music by Pitchfork, arrives after a string of well-received efforts from Destroyer. Previous albums Kaputt, Poison Season, and ken firmly established the Canadian outfit as a definitive voice of the 2010s, with Kaputt named as the 16th best album of the decade by Pitchfork.