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Death from Above Bring New Music to Brooklyn Steel Tomorrow Night

October 24th, 2017

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 “Holy Books” for 3voor12 Radio) 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), in 2014. 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.” Earlier this year, the duo dropped “1979” from their name—officially reverting to Death from Above—and last month, their most recent long-player, Outrage! Is Now, (stream it below), arrived. “This album cements Death from Above’s place as one of the great rock bands of their era,” said AllMusic. “It’s a vital document to wave in front of anyone who says rock is dead, because one listen to any DFA song is enough to prove that argument DOA.” Now touring behind their new album, Death from Above play Brooklyn Steel tomorrow night. Make sure you arrive early enough to catch Toronto four-piece the Beaches opening the show.