Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Destroyer at the Cat's Cradle - 10/8/2015
You never know exactly what you're going to get at a Destroyer show. Well, you know some of what you will get - you'll get a large, professional band, and Dan Bejar will barely move while he performs, other than stooping to attend to his selection of alcoholic beverages on the stage. The biggest question mark is that the set-list can vary greatly - despite the new record, Bejar & company decided to widely sample the entire Destroyer catalog. I mention this because on their tour a few years back for "Kaputt," they pretty much only played that record. Not that they avoided the excellent new album "Poison Season" - I believe they actually kicked off the set with the Al Stewart-gone-disco jam "Forces from Above," and also played "Dream Lover" along with a few other new tracks. Other highlights included "Savage Night at the Opera," "Chinatown," "Rubies," "It's Gonna Take an Airplane," and "European Oils." Bejar still continues to ignore his best record "Streethawk: A Seduction" as well as my mental pleas for them to play "Notorious Lightning," but overall I have no complaints. Possibly the most entertaining part of the whole night was the girl standing next to me, who was having her own personal Beatlemania moment for the duration of the show - complete with high pitched squeals, lots of tightly clenched hands waving in front of her face, and erratic jumping up and down. She was acting so wacky that even the band took note of her a couple of times. I hope to someday get that excited about...well, anything. Maybe if Destroyer ever plays "Notorious Lightning" I'll have the same reaction.