How Dan Deacon Made Peace With ‘America’

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In 2007, Dan Deacon felt forced to face the truth. He embraced the creed of Baltimore’s DIY scene, which entailed rummaging through dumpsters for food and creating his breakout album Spiderman of the Rings with dollar-store synths fluttered and swarmed faster than most people can think. He performed these songs while standing in the middle of the crowds, rather than in front of them. Deacon was doing everything he could to distance himself from what he associated with the United States — in his eyes, “an evil, Earth-destroying monster of war, corporate greed and bigotry.” But in 2007, while touring Europe for Spiderman, he felt alone as, undeniably, an American.

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