Death from Above (band)
|Death from Above|
|Also known as||Death from Above 1979|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Members||Jesse F. Keeler|
The band released their debut album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, in 2004 and broke up in 2006.
They reformed in 2011 and released their second album, The Physical World, in 2014.
Formation and Heads Up (2001–2003)
Grainger and Keeler reportedly met at a Sonic Youth concert, though they sometimes jokingly claimed to have met in prison, on a pirate ship, or in a gay bar, leading some journalists and fans to believe these stories.
Keeler has also said to have met Grainger when looking for a drummer to play in his hardcore punk band Femme Fatale, further stating "That's how Death from Above got started."
On December 15, 2002, the band released their debut release, Heads Up.
You're a Woman, I'm a Machine and break up (2004–2006)
The album was released in October, 2004.
The band released three singles to promote, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, these singles were "Romantic Rights" on November 4, 2004, "Blood on Our Hands" on February 17, 2005 and "Black History Month" on June 13, 2005.
In 2004 the band changed their name to "Death from Above 1979" (previously named "Death from Above") due to a cease and desist letter that was filed against the band by James Murphy's label Death From Above Records.
The band responded by attaching the legal minimum number of numerals required to keep the first part of the name.
The band wrote a statement on their website:
Murphy told his side of the story in a 2005 interview with Pitchfork, saying:
As of August 3, 2006, the band officially disbanded.
Keeler posted the following message on the official Death from Above 1979 forum:
On MuchMusic's television program The New Music, Keeler further explained why the band split.
He claimed it was due to disagreements with bandmate Grainger on many levels, including creative differences and musical style.
Reunion and The Physical World (2011–2016)
On February 4, 2011, the band officially reunited.
Grainger posted the following message on the band's website:
The band performed a new song while performing at EdgeFest on July 14, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto.
On September 18, 2012, a Canadian tour was announced; the band revealed that they had written new songs, but needed to perform them live in order to "make them any good".
On October 28, 2012, the band's blog was updated as they built excitement for their string of shows around Canada.
In the post, Grainger cited that they were "coming to share new material, and to work out the kinks".
The band was originally scheduled to perform at Governors Ball Music Festival in June 2013, but later announced that they were having unexpected trouble while working on new music and cancelled their appearance.
On July 11, 2013, the band confirmed that a new record is in the works on their Facebook page after cancelling European shows due to a "medical emergency".
They did, however, perform at Wakestock Music Festival in August and Rifflandia in September.
On July 8, 2014, the band released a single, "Trainwreck 1979", and announced more details of their upcoming studio album, The Physical World.
On September 9, 2014 the band released their second album, The Physical World through Last Gang and Warner Bros. Records.
On October 7, 2014 the band released a documentary Life After Death from Above 1979.
The documentary chronicled the history of the band and their reunion.
It was directed by Grainger's wife, Eva Michon.
On April 22, 2016, the band released a live album, Live At Third Man Records which was recorded in 2015 at Jack White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.
Outrage! Is Now (2017–present)
On June 6, 2017, the band announced an official name change back to the original "Death from Above".
Although the band has said their social media handles will keep the "1979" suffix, all future music and shows from the duo will reportedly arrive under the new name.
Grainger said in an interview that the band decided to not include the "1979" suffix on a tour promo for their tour with the Eagles of Death Metal in early 2016, "just to see what would happen" and the band received no legal issues because of it which led to them doing it again on their tour promo with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and once again there were no legal repercussions.
Sebastian has also said the making the album art for the band's single "Freeze Me" also was part of the decision, "The final straw was when I was making the art for our single ‘Freeze Me’.
I wanted to write the name out in ice, so I went on Amazon and ordered an ice cube tray in the alphabet.
It came and there were no numbers.
That was that."
Along with the name change, the duo announced the new single, "Freeze Me."
The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 before its release on June 7.
Rolling Stone claims "Death From Above embodied the DIY dance-punk aesthetic that lived in home recordings and grimy basement clubs" and that the band's early work "combined noisy hardcore, gritty synths and earnest screams".
- Jesse F. Keeler – bass, synthesizer, backing vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present)
- Sebastien Grainger – drums, vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present)
For a more comprehensive list, see Death from Above discography.
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