Destroyer’s Dan Bejar wants you to “ken” that his band has a new album coming out in October

Destroyer's Dan Bejar wants you to "ken" that his band has a new album coming out in October
Come on, admit it: this is pretty much how you always dreamed Dan Bejar's next press photo would look like.

Destroyer, the ever-mutating Canadian outfit fronted by former New Pornographers member and songwriter extraordinaire Dan Bejar, have announced their eleventh studio LP. Ken is coming out on October 20 via Merge, and is ushered now by a video for a new song, “Sky’s Grey.”

The album was recorded in a Vancouver studio called The Balloon Factory, with Black Mountain’s Joshua Wells producing. According to Bejar, its name was lifted from the original title of Suede’s “The Wild Ones.” Even though he considers the song to be “one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so,” Bejar sees the connection between it and the new album to be unclear, stressing that “[He] was not thinking about Suede when making this record.” What he was thinking of, however, were the last few years of Margaret Thatcher’s rule in Britain, when music really came to him like a bad spell of sickness.

If all of this makes sense to you, great! Then you can pre-order the results right there! The album will be released as a deluxe yellow vinyl, too, together with a bonus 7” of solo acoustic material. Check out Ken’s complete tracklist, as well as a bunch of forthcoming Destroyer tour dates, after the video for “Sky’s Grey:”


Ken tracklisting:

01. Sky’s Grey
02. In the Morning
03. Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
04. Cover From the Sun
05. Saw You at the Hospital
06. A Light Travels Down the Catwalk
07. Rome
08. Sometimes In the World
09. Ivory Coast
10. Stay Lost
11. La Regle du Jeu

Destroyer tour dates:

11.12.17 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
11.13.17 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
11.14.17 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
11.15.17 - Stockholm, SE - Fasching
11.16.17 - Copenhagen, DN - Vega
11.16.17 - Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.19.17 - Dusseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11.21.17 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik
11.22.17 - Montpellier, FR - Le Rockstore
11.23.17 - San Sebastian, ES - Teatro Victoria Eugenia
11.24.17 - Lisbon, PR - Mexefest
11.25.17 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Barcelo
11.26.17 - Valencia, ES - La Rambleta
11.27.17 - Barcelona, ES - Sala Bikini
11.29.17 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
11.30.17 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
12.01.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
12.03.17 - Dublin, IE - Button Factory
12.05.17 - Glasgow, UK - CCA (270)
12.06.17 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
12.07.17 - London, UK - Scala
12.08.17 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain
12.09.17 - Amsterdam, NE - Paradiso Noord
12.10.17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique Brussels

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