The Reunited Death from Above 1979 Play Terminal 5 on FridayNovember 26th, 2014
Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums) and Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths and vocals) formed the punk duo Death from Above 1979 at the turn of the millennium in Toronto. They put out a couple of EPs and then an explosive debut full-length, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (stream it below), arrived in 2004. The album earned Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” label and a glowing review: “By turning the rock knob down a notch, DFA79 have kept You’re a Woman loud and nasty and ensured a cohesion and unusual degree of listenability.” They were off to a hot start, but two years later, the band called it quits siting disagreements and too much travel as problems. Fortunately, it didn’t take permanently, and Death from Above 1979 (above, doing “Trainwreck 1979” on Late Show with David Letterman) reunited in 2011. And as an added bonus, just playing live wasn’t enough, so they released their sophomore LP, The Physical World (stream it below), almost three months ago. Critics again were floored. NME called it “magnificent” and went on to gush, “After a decade away, the noisy Toronto duo are back to give modern technology a glorious kicking…. They clearly haven’t forgotten the pounding thrash that made them great, but it’s not all cheap thrills and weighty beats. What makes it such a rewarding repeat listen are the layers of meaning that emerge like Renaissance paintings appearing in television static.” And with just a few shows remaining on their American tour, Death from Above 1979 headline Terminal 5 on Friday night.