Destroyer Share “Eat The Wine, Drink The Bread”
Destroyer continue the lead-up to their new album, LABYRINTHITIS, out 25th March via Bella Union, with a new single, “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread.” The new track follows lead single “Tintoretto, It’s For You”. Additionally, Destroyer have announced an extensive run of UK and European shows throughout the Summer and Autumn including a performance at London’s EartH in October, the dates of which can be found further down.
Restless and slightly irreverent, “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread” gallops along, fuelled by Joshua Wells’ percussion and John Collins’ drum programming. “Been meaning to wear my hair like this for ages … I mean down, down, all the way down,” Bejar coos, his anticipation bolstered by the driving bass and guitar beneath him. Yet even with this newfound release, he remains disillusioned with where he heads, his melancholy matched by a sombre piano.
Praise for lead single “Tintoretto, It’s For You”:
“Electro beats, pop synths and jazz piano duel as he hallucinates ‘palm trees stopping to kiss the bishop’s ring.’ Painterly.” MOJO
“Dan Bejar goes disco to accompany his latest collection of ecstatic, free-associating poetry and killer one-liners.” Uncut
“menacing and theatrical, bursting with distorted synths, cracking drums, and blaring trumpet. The sound itself might seem like an urgent shift toward art-punk collage,
but listen closely and you will hear Dan Bejar paraphrase an apocalyptic Leonard Cohen song.” Pitchfork
“an intoxicating cut-and-paste collage of wild drums, orchestral stabs and synthesizers while Dan spits out Bejarian lines like ‘The ceiling’s on fire and the contract is binding.’” Brooklyn Vegan
“If Suicide wrote a song in the bookstore’s classic lit section, it might turn out like this.” The FADER
More than an arcane puzzle for the listener, LABYRINTHITIS warps and winds through unfamiliar territory for Bejar as well. Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery.
Bejar and Collins conducted their questing in the height of isolation, Collins on the remote Galiano Island and Bejar in nearby Vancouver, sending ideas back and forth when restrictions didn’t allow them to meet. Ahead of mixing, the Destroyer band was brought into the fold to further the unprepared synchronicity and mutual discovery.
Lyrically, LABYRINTHITIS embraces a widescreen maximalism, blocks of text dotted with subversions and hedges. Building from the koans of Have We Met, Bejar continues to carve his words precisely, toying with expectations and staid symbols, while Collins’ production reconstructs the pieces into a unified whole.
Destroyer UK + European tour:
24th June – Kino Siska, Ljubljana (SLO)
26th June – Theatre Archa, Prague (CZ)
28th June – UT Connewitz, Leipzig (GER)
30th June – Open’er Festival, Gdynia (PL)
2nd July – Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú (ES)
4th July – Theatro Circo, Braga (POR)
5th July – Musicbox, Lisboa (POR)
21st September – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
22nd September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (GER)
23rd September – Mejerit, Lund (SWE)
24th September – Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm (SWE)
25th September – Parktheatret, Oslo (NOR)
26th September – Vega, Copenhagen (DK)
29th September – Lido, Berlin (GER)
30th September – Gebaude 9, Cologne (GER)
1st October – Rote Fabrik, Zurich (CH)
2nd October – Südpol, Lucerne (CH)
5th October – Manufaktur, Schorndorf (GER)
6th October – Les Trinitaires, Metz (FR)
7th October – Petit Bain, Paris (FR)
8th October – C-Mine, Genk (B)
9th October – Trix, Antwerp (B)
11th October – Button Factory, Dublin (IRE)
12th October – Drygate, Glasgow (UK)
13th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)
14th October – EARTH, London (UK)