Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Polyvinyl Records
Release date
23 Jan 2007
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Suffer For Fashion 2:57 208,050
2 Sink The Seine 1:04 178,472
3 Cato As A Pun 3:01 174,882
4 Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse 3:17 189,164
5 Gronlandic Edit 3:24 255,322
6 A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger 4:55 164,506
7 The Past Is A Grotesque Animal 11:50 164,653
8 Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider 3:50 152,744
9 Faberge Falls For Shuggie 4:30 132,784
10 Labyrinthian Pomp 3:20 124,319
11 She's A Rejecter 4:02 45,348
12 We Were Born the Mutants Again With Leafling 4:56 123,665

About this album

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is the eighth album from indie pop band of Montreal. It was released January 23, 2007. The album was written, performed, and recorded by Kevin Barnes, with assistance from friends and family: prominent Elephant Six members Bryan Poole, Jamey Huggins and Heather McIntosh, as well as Barnes’ wife Nina Twin, and daughter Alabee Blonde. Credits also feature Georgie Fruit, a glam rock alter-ego of Barnes.

Barnes has described the album as a concept album, detailing his transformation from Kevin Barnes into Georgie Fruit. The transformation takes place during “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal,” the 12-minute long “turning point” of the album. In addition, the album namechecks many things commonly associated with glam rock, such as drugs, art and fashion; “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal” alludes to Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and specifically mentions Georges Bataille’s novel Histoire de l’oeil.

Barnes credits his being prescribed antidepressants with the making of the album. “The real issue was a chemical thing, so when I finally got on medication, that balanced it out. So that helped me have a better perspective on things and helped my relationship with my wife and helped me through the album.” “Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse”, the album’s first single, chronicles his struggle with chemical imbalance and mood disorders.

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  • EdgeLike

    coming back to this after a long, long time away ive concluded it's an impeccable work. im not at all a fan of their other work but this album is tremendous.

    22 Jul 1:05am Reply
  • RespectableChap

    I accidentally 'love'd every track

    24 Apr 2:44pm Reply
  • SaySpaceman

    The hole album, consisting of dealing with a breakup, chemical deppression, the redundancy of feeling bad about yourself, trying to find a religion to feel better, transforming to a middle aged transexual black man, boasting about soul power, and wanting to hire someone to hit a girl just ends with wanting to get back with the girl who caused all of that. Amazing.

    11 Apr 4:28pm Reply
  • PoisonYad

    I have no idea how an album can be so personal and SO FUCKING GROOVY at the same time

    10 Apr 7:57pm Reply
  • HenryBadaroh

    The best album of all time. Literally. I mean it. Nothing has or ever will beat this album. I'm sorry. [2] I'VE READ ONLY TRUTH, GIRL.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    21st-century Ziggy Stardust?

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • XDRory

    The first half of this album is pretty much perfect, but I'm not entirely feeling the second half.

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    This album's one of the best indie pop albums I've ever heard. It doesn't have much strong competition that I am actually aware of

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    10/10 [6] Second half is so underrated

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • LynxDaftPunk

    what a great great album

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    the album is over 6 years old now, and Kevin has yet to top this. such a wonderful collage of sounds and lyrics. and, amazingly, it flows so well!!!! such a treat to listen to, in full, from start to finish.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jls_

    10/10 [5]

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sr_formica

    they won´t never get this level...

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • typhlosionisme

    the best album of all time. literally. i mean it. nothing has or ever will beat this album. i'm sorry

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
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  • fank19

    I think I'm falling in love with this album.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • strutterf

    10/10 [4]

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    10/10 [3] Every song is brilliant.

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    10/10 [2]

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • matt1337c

    Best thing since Glam Rock.

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
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