THE DESTROYERS

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Known and loved by Moseley Folk regulars, The Destroyers are now celebrating the tenth year since their inception. Described by Steve Lamacq as “the sort of rogues who would take you out for a night, fill you with mead, strip you to your underwear and then tie you to a lamppost”, they met through the Birmingham Conservatoire and were conceived at the now legendary Balkan Basement jam sessions in Moseley. Regular performers in and around the city and at festivals up and down the country like Glastonbury and Boomtown, the troupe provide a joyous circus of musical virtuosity guaranteed to raise audiences to their feet and to resonate long in the memory.

Rooted in but certainly not tied to the Balkan Brass genre, this anarchic orchestra’s debut album Out of Babel was described by Songlines as “out of the cavalcade of Balkan Gypsy sound-a-likes comes a blow-your-mind original…minimum pretence and maximum style… a sophisticated tour de force”. Meanwhile, Clash magazine commented that “its shady upbeat vibe raises an eyebrow to a Latin influence before elbowing its traditional Irish music influence, meaning Out of Babel is a seductively dangerous listen”.

The last time the band performed here it was on the back of brilliant second album Hole in the Universe, an album Contact Music called “the much needed antidote to mass manufactured pop, delivering a style that is essentially pop music when performed with no boundaries, no awareness of criticism or disregard but perhaps most importantly of all they play with a sense of humour and place all seriousness to one side when performing”.