The constantly-evolving indie rock group Destroyer – led by Dan Bejar – stopped at LA’s El Rey Theatre on June 6. In the midst of a tour of North America that started at Coachella in mid-April, the 8-piece ensemble – including musicians on sax and trumpet – played songs primarily from the band’s newest album, 2011’s Kaputt. Bejar spent much of the set crouched on the stage, eyes closed, nodding along to the music as if one of his own fans. He was probably the least enthusiastic in the crowd, though, as Destroyer’s strong cult following responded enthusiastically to the set. The band’s tour continues in Europe this summer with dates in the UK, France and Germany.
All photos by Brett Padelford