Sep 23, 2009

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Mr Elephant News & Reviews # 4 by Emily Poyser – The Destroyers release debut album

The Destroyers – Are you ready, ‘cos here they go!

When you find yourself down on one knee in the mud at Glastonbury, among a few thousand people listening to a story about a mouse – you know you’re watching The Destroyers.

The 15-strong group of instrumentalists, vocalists and composers describe themselves as specialising in turbo-folk mélanges of gypsy, Balkan, Klesmer and beat poetry. Formed in Birmingham, a small group of gypsy-folk enthusiasts decided to play Eastern European music at a makeshift jazz venue in someone’s basement. As the band grew, so did their scope and talent.

The Destroyers have been everywhere this summer; including the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury, Shambala and Bestival. Their live show is certainly something not to be missed; they take story-telling to another level. If you keep up with these 15 turbo-folkers, you’re in better shape than you think. Their shows are manic and get even the sceptical of gypsy toe-tapping.

Following the launch of their debut single “Out of Babel” and their huge show to mark it’s release in their home town of birmingham back in July, the Destroyers are now releasing their lomg awaited debut album of the same title, available right now via their own website –,

Catch them live in Birmingham at the Town Hall on October the 11th for a birthday celebration with The Old Dance School & The Toy Hearts.

Alternatively have a listen to their music online at their

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