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Destroy It Up


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    Shiva (He Just Danced)
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    Shakti (She Will Rise)
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    The Witness (Parusa / Prakriti)
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    Temperature Rising (Kriya)
Destroy It Up is a music project fronted by Joe Simek, a songwriter and yoga teacher based near Philadelphia in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
With its latest release, Destroy It Up has married two of Simek’s loves: rock ’n’ roll and yoga philosophy. The result is Sutra, a full-length concept record. Its music is firmly rooted in the indie rock of Destroy It Up’s first two EPs, but lyrically, its inspired by an ancient yogic text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
Yogic and spiritual references could always be found in Destroy It Up’s music, but when it came time to write the band’s newest effort, Simek was immersed in two yoga trainings and he had been studying the Yoga Sutra for both. The ideas and concepts had a profound effect on Simek, and before long he was writing songs specifically about those concepts, as viewed through the lens of his own life.
The fear of death, attachment, the nature of consciousness — essential concepts of any yogic text, also make for excellent fodder for rock songs. Simek has penned 12 songs, each with a corresponding sutra, each title containing sanskrit. However, this is not an album of sanskrit mantra and kirtan. While the lyrical concepts come from the yogic and buddhist lineage that culminates in the Yoga Sutra, the music and melody follow a different lineage: that of Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst and the like.


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