Dan Bejar’s mystique has been both created and peeled back through collaborations with the New Pornographers and Swan Lake, but best captured under his moniker, Destroyer, which came into being in the mid to early-1990s. Over the course of Destroyer's 11 uniquely diverse albums, Bejar’s unorthodox vocals, creative lyrics and recognizably cryptic characters are the anchors that give weight to his explorations into lo-fi electric folk, stripped down synthesizer symphonies and rock anthems that rival Springsteen and Bowie. Sprawling layers of guitar countered by tender piano melodies, spinning just to the edge of chaos and back, are the sonic leaps of faith that catapulted Poison Season into Spin magazine’s Best 50 Albums of 2015. All of Bejar’s shadow spirits will be in attendance for a highly anticipated solo Destroyer show at Festival Hall.
Kacy and Clayton
Second cousins Kacy Anderson (vocals and violin) and Clayton Linthicum (guitar, banjo and vocals) grew up six miles apart in the ranchlands of southern Saskatchewan. They learned to play music together as children under the guidance of Kacy’s grandfather and Clayton’s great uncle, Carl Anderson, and in that shared tutelage developed a similar taste in music. Kacy and Clayton (Clayton is the guitarist with the Deep Dark Woods) embraced traditional roots and blues, and were weaned on everybody from The Band and Big Bill Broonzy to Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt. The influence of these greats is evident in their distinctive Appalachia-soaked country folk songs. Kacy’s sweet, warm-as-prairie-summer voice intermingles with Clayton’s easy-going backup harmonies and expressive finger-style guitar melodies. The depth and maturity of their music belies their relative youth, especially when they create songs that could have been written 150 years ago, and still hold their own against contemporary folk. TLG