Destroyer songs, like the ones heard on the band’s latest album, Ken (Dead Oceans, 2017), swing and sway and feel like riding a bike with no hands. In fact, Destroyer has more in common with sweater-wearing acts like Belle & Sebastian than a faux-metal monster like KISS.
Bejar, a Vancouver-born Canuck and part-time member of The New Pornographers, formed Destroyer in 1995. And while he’s had a number of breakthrough records, the one that first stood out (for me, anyway) was 2011’s Kaputt (Merge/Dead Oceans), a dazzling collection of infectious indie pop songs. Ken carries on in the same way, at times dreamy and introspective, at other times dancey and introspective.
We caught up with Bejar and asked him to take our Ten Questions survey. Take it away, Mr. Destroyer:
1. What is your favorite album?
Dan Bejar: Strangeways Here We Come, Hejira, There’s A Riot Goin On, Veedon Fleece, stuff like that…
2. What is your least favorite song?
There’s so many terrible ones it makes me think I’m maybe just not that into songs.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
The nights when the stage sound is killer.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
There are people at home that I miss very much.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Peace of mind.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
Bologna. Outside. For free.
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
I have played a couple fairly gnarly college shows. Won’t name names in case I decide to enroll.
8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?
Yes. It took five years. And then another five years of mostly hovering just beneath the poverty line. It also helped to write songs for the New Pornographers in those lean Destroyer years.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Acting coach. Actor.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
Debauched… And possibly frozen.
Destroyer plays with Mega Bog Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Showtime is 9 p.m.; tickets are $20. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com