Dan Bejar released his tenth album as Destroyer, Poison Season, this past summer, to great critical acclaim. The album builds on the band’s ever expanding sound, leaving behind much of the seventies soft rock references of 2011’s Kaputt for string quartets and more bombastic orchestrations. Last Monday night, Bejar brought the album to the 9:30 Club.
Live, the tracks from the new album sounded much more like its predecessor, due in no small part to him touring with much the same band. Even without the strings, it takes an eight-piece group to recreate the Destroyer sound on-stage, with trumpets and saxophones playing as important a role these days as guitars and drums. Bejar, as usual, seems lost in his own world, half-singing half-speaking into the microphone with his eyes closed, and crouching during the instrumental passages to let the focus be on the band.