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Destruction Unit

Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
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Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. Dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, these radical desert dwellers have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer power and intensity. Like running head first into a spinning wall of sound, they have been described by the press as “a band who felt more like a horror movie than a band … With guitars that were distorted beyond belief and acted more as auxiliary noise machines than instruments” (Transmission Entertainment)
and “Suicide-meets-Chrome-meets-Hawkwind-meets-Screamers-meets-the-killer-last-scene-reveals-in-all-the-alien-episodes-of-The Twilight Zone” (LA Weekly) or more simply put, “punk rock” (Austin Town Hall). However, Destruction Unit’s brand of feedback worship and heavy psych does not sacrifice songwriting or catchiness; to the contrary, “it’s their subtleties-distant bubbling murmurs of noise, faint guitar noodling-that make for the best hooks.” (Chicago Reader) The lineup features R. Rousseau (Reatards, The Wongs, Tokyo Electron) on Guitar and Vocals, brother Rusty Rousseau (Digital Leather) on bass, N. Nappa (Marshstepper, Nihilism) on Guitar, J. Aurelius (Pigeon Religion, Marshstepper, Avon Ladies) on Guitar and A. Flores (Urban Struggles) on drums.

The band was initially formed by R. Rousseau in the early 2000’s with Jay Reatard (Reatards, Lost Sounds, Angry Angles) and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, Black Sunday). The three appeared together on the first release, 2000’s My Disease 7”, as well as the 2006 record Death To The New Flesh and Destruction Unit’s debut LP, Self Destruction Of A Man. Destruction Unit were featured on The Screamers tribute The Necessary Effect, Screamers Songs Interpreted.