The Destroyers are one of Birmingham’s more intriguing musical outfits. A 15 piece (give or take) group made up of alumni from the Birmingham Conservatoire plus other like minded souls they formed three years ago having met at various jam sessions in the city.
The core of their sound is Klezmer, “a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism”, and East European folk music which they play with great precision occasionally layering their own twists and influences onto the music. They also have experimented with mixing this style with other genres, bringing in regular singer Paul Murphy and, quite recently, a rapper.
They’re also becoming well know for their live accompaniment of vintage films. The BFI commissioned them to play alongside the Mitchell & Kenyon collection of circa 1900 films which they performed at last years Artsfest. There was also a Halloween gig at the Glee Club where they accompanied clips from The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Nosferatu, Faust and Night of the Living Dead. A couple of these have surfaced on YouTube…
Night of the Living Dead
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
The future looks good for The Destroyers. They continue to pack out venues and a full album is planned for this year.