I finally saw Dan Bejar play with Destroyer last night after being into him for a few years now. He has been one of my most played artists over the past year. Not only as part of Destroyer but with his other bands Swan Lake and The New Pornographers as well. It was great to finally see him and hear all the songs I know but the performance itself wasn't totally mind blowing.
Dan Bejar has a unique voice and vocal delivery that many people I know don't get into. I would say its kind of theatrical in a way. However, I think he is one of the better modern song writers out there. He is often compared to David Bowie which I can definitely agree with on some songs. I've found I'm into a lot of Canadian pop/rock music in general for whatever reason.
There didn't seem to be any roadies, they just set up their own equipment. I was pretty sure it was him when this skinny man with poofy Jeff Lynne looking hair and Clark's Wallabees came out and plugged in 2 distortion pedals. I went with my friend Lindsay and we got a spot right in front of the stage which happened to be at the perfect angle to see him.
The performance like I said wasn't totally electrifying or anything. The way he sang the vocals seemed different in not always a good way compared to the studio recordings I have heard. However, still enjoyable, especially knowing most all the songs they played. He kind of reminded me of some kind of a muppet creature made of felt and rubber. Definitely an interesting and odd character.
I did take my camera and get some live music shots for the first time in quite awhile. The shots came out decent I think with our vantage point and the lighting at the Bowery.
The full set of photos I took at the show can be seen here.