Sound Advice: Destruction Unit at the Buccaneer Lounge

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Former Memphian Ryan Rousseau returns to the Bluff City tonight as his band Destruction Unit get set to play the Buccaneer Lounge. No stranger to the local punk scene, Rousseau was a founding member of the Reatards and one of the only musicians to perform every year of Goner Fest since its inception in 2004.

The Memphis connections don’t stop there. The original lineup of Destruction Unit also included Memphis musicians Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds, Black Sunday). That pair also recorded the first two Destruction Unit albums and eventually helped write a few songs that appear on the second album.
After moving back to Arizona, the band went stagnant for a while, with Rousseau focusing on his more psychedelic outfits Desert Children and Earthmen & Strangers. But in 2009, Rousseau recruited fellow desert punks from various groups to round out the second era of Destruction Unit, this time incorporating elements of krautrock into the distortion-laden mix.

The result is a five-piece pummeling attack, and while distortion still reigns supreme, traces of psychedelic rock and European post-punk also find their way into the band's sound. Known for grueling, raucous, and sometimes bloody live performances, not many punk bands in 2012 have the stamina or the raw talent that Destruction Unit possess.

Local garage acts the Manatees and Data Drums open the show. Doors are at 10 p.m. and admission is $5.00. Stream Destruction Unit’s 2011 album Sonoran in its entirety below:

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