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Posted September 12, 2013 by Mike Mineo in News
 
 

New Destroyer EP, Five Spanish Songs, in November

Destroyer - Five Spanish Songs

Destroyer will return this November with a new EP entitled Five Spanish Songs, which is precisely what it sounds like. Destroyer’s leader, Dan Bejar, intends to explore the Spanish language after some tired ventures with his native English tongue. “It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it,” he said in a statement. “The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque.” And as such, the five songs on Five Spanish Songs were written by Luque, along with contributions from Nicolas Bragg and John Collins (Destroyer), in addition to Stephen Hamm, David Carswell, and Josh Wells (Black Mountain).

Bejar further elaborated on his fondness for Luque’s songwriting:  ”I’ve been a decades-long fan of how he [Luque] conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it.” The Five Spanish Songs EP was produced by JC/DC and recorded at their Vancouver studio earlier this summer. Bejar will also begin a solo acoustic tour in November, for which tickets are selling quickly. Apparently this will be the last time Destroyer is playing live until 2015! That’s unfortunate, but let’s make the most of it:

Destroyer 2013 tour dates:

Nov 3 Portland, OR — Mississippi Studios %
Nov 4 San Francisco, CA — The Independent %
Nov 5 Los Angeles, CA — The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever %
Nov 6 Los Angeles, CA — The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever %
Nov 7 Chicago, IL — Old Town School of Folk Music ^
Nov 8 Winnipeg, MB — Park Theatre
Nov 9 Toronto, ON — The Great Hall %
Nov 10 New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom %
Nov 11 Washington, DC — Sixth & I Historic Synagogue %
Nov 12 Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’s %
Nov 13 Allston, MA — Brighton Music Hall %
Nov 14 Montreal, QC — Il Motore %
Nov 20 Denver, CO — Larimer Lounge
Nov 21 Columbus, OH — Wexner Center
Dec 01 Utrecht, NL — Le Guess Who? Festival
Dec 02 London, UK — Bush Hall
Dec 03 Copenhagen, DK — Jazzhouse CPH
Dec 04 Warsaw, PL — Skwer
Dec 05 Berlin, DK — Hau1
Dec 06 Lisbon, PT — Musicbox
Dec 07 Guimaraes, PT — CCVF
Dec 09 Sala Apolo, ES — Sala Apolo
Dec 10 San Sebastian, ES — Gazteszena
% = w/ Pink Mountaintops
^ = Azita

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