Death From Above 1979
Death from Above 1979 are the Toronto-based duo of Jesse F. Keeler on bass/synths and Sebastien Grainger on vocals/drums. Refusing to employ a lead guitarist, they played loud synth infused dance punk on the drum and bass combination alone. Originally named just “Death From Above”, the duo changed their name after a legal dispute with New York City label Death From Above (known as DFA Records since the September 11, 2001 attacks). “Death from above” was written on a helicopter in the movie Apocalypse Now, which was copyrighted in 1979. However, Grainger says this is simply a coincidence; 1979 was chosen as it was, amongst other reasons, “the year I was born.”
Death from Above 1979 had planned on recording the follow up to its debut full-length You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. There were plans to release it in three versions: the traditional bass/drums lineup, a full-band lineup with musicians assembled by Grainger, and a remix album. The albums featuring a full band and remixes were supposedly to be released on the band’s official website.
On August 4, 2006, the band announced they had decided to split “almost a year ago” due to the strained relationship between the two – claiming they only talked during interviews and just before shows – not to mention the fact that they had achieved all their aims after the record went gold in their native Canada.
Keeler was slated to play bass on the Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris, but later revealed on the Death From Above 1979 message board that he could not due to scheduling conflicts. Keeler is now one half of MSTRKRFT, his new project with producer Al-P. Sebastien Grainger is now in his own side project band Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains.
In 2011 the band were reuniting to perform at Coachella, then announced that they were planning to reunite on an ongoing basis.
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2012 came and went, as did the live shows. Below are AUX's "Top 50 Photos of 2012" provided by our talented staff photographers. [gallery order="DESC"]
PHOTOS: Death From Above 1979 at RitualDeath From Above 1979 at Ritual on November 4, 2012
Watch Death From Above 1979 play part of a new, unnamed songThe internet (or their website, rather) exploded the other day with Death From Above 1979 announced they'd be heading on the road to test new material, and today both collided in a new video released by the band shows them jamming out to what seems to be a new song. It's rough and just a snippet, but after 8 years it's enough.
Death From Above 1979 announce new musicDeath From Above 1979 announced today in a post on their website that they were writing new material, and planned to take it on the road to fine-tune it. So here we go. Jesse and I have been writing new songs and the only way we feel like we can make them any good is to go out and play them for people. We’re going to throw our little muscle bound babies to the lions and see who survives. We tried just jumping into the studio, but the songs lacked spirit. They lacked life. So this tour is song CPR. There’s no way for us to do it anonymously anymore, so we’re inviting you to come along with us. Watch us Do It. The way we used to. The way everyone used to. We’re a band, and bands just work it out together. Check out the dates in the image above.
PHOTOS: Edgefest '12 at Downsview ParkEdgefest '12 at Downsview Park on July 14, 2012.