The dynamic Canadian duo “Death From Above 1979” is a dance-punk rock band. The two band members are Jesse Keeler (bassist) and Sebastian Grainger (drummer/vocalist). They came up with their first music album in 2001 – “You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine”. Unfortunately this was DFA’s first and last album for a decade. A band struggle was imminent and it was confirmed when the duo officially split in 2006. However, in 2011 the members announced they were reuniting once again.
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During their time apart, Keeler and Grainger focused on their own projects. Grainger released his own solo album “Yours to Discover” and also worked closely with power-pop band “The Mountains”. On the other hand, Keeler concentrated on his electric duo “MKTKRFT”. After a decade long split, DFA 1979 made its comeback at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival. Three years later they released their second album “The Physical World”. Now they are on tour so make sure to purchase your Death From Above 1979 tickets before they are sold out.
“The Physical World”
DFA 1979 was chosen as the Artist of the Week by Artist Direct. In an exclusive interview with Grainger, he explained how DFA developed “The Physical World”. The material that went on the album was written over the course of a couple of years. Throughout 2012 Grainger focused on writing, the following year was primarily about recording songs and finally in 2014, DFA released their second album a decade after splitting up.
As far as song writing is concerned, Grainger already had some lyrics written down from his late teen/early adult years. By hashing out ideas with Keeler, they were able to compose the songs that would go in the album. Grainger describes the songs as “cohesive” – the small details in each track work together to create a larger theme. Moreover, both musicians maintain a balance between their heavy beats and soft melodies. Overall the album explores the loss of innocence at an individual and societal level.
Music, Performances and Awards
Death From Above 1979 is known to produce music that falls into the dance-punk and rock genre however; their songs have a very clear and straightforward meaning. Their style draws inspiration from numerous music legends such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Scott Walker and Perry Nelson. Their first album “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” was enough for them to tour with high-profile bands like the Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. They have also inspired countless producers (Skrillex is the most noteworthy one) to explore the dance-punk/rock world.
Wherever they have toured, Death From Above 1979 has put on stellar performances. They were invited for an act at the Governor Ball Music Festival in New York. According to sources, they delivered a “highly anticipated performance”.
DFA have many awards to their credit. They won Best New Group/Solo Artist: Rock for their single “Train wreck 1979” at the Canadian Radio Music Awards. The same single along with their album “The Physical World” reached the Top Forty of the album charts.
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The journey to success has been a very turbulent one for Death From Above 1979. During their tour with the Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, Keeler and Grainger were not on speaking terms with one another. However, they have come back stronger and better than what they once were. Their time apart has led them to grow as musicians and this change is reflected in their music. DFA 1979 has come a long way since its inception and is a force to reckon with. In the words of DFA themselves “I get the feelin’ this is never gonna end”. Although they are currently touring through Europe, they will be making their way back to the United States in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out for Death From Above 1979 tickets and keep yourself updated with the latest news from the band.