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Death from AboveDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_1_0
Also known asDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_2_0 Death from Above 1979Death from Above (band)_cell_0_2_1
OriginDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_3_0 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDeath from Above (band)_cell_0_3_1
GenresDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_4_0 Death from Above (band)_cell_0_4_1
Years activeDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_5_0 Death from Above (band)_cell_0_5_1
LabelsDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_6_0 Death from Above (band)_cell_0_6_1
Associated actsDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_7_0 Death from Above (band)_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_8_0 Death from Above (band)_cell_0_8_1
MembersDeath from Above (band)_header_cell_0_10_0 Jesse F. Keeler

Sebastien GraingerDeath from Above (band)_cell_0_10_1

Death from Above (also known as Death from Above 1979) is a Canadian rock duo consisting of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2001. Death from Above (band)_sentence_0

The band released their debut album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, in 2004 and broke up in 2006. Death from Above (band)_sentence_1

They reformed in 2011 and released their second album, The Physical World, in 2014. Death from Above (band)_sentence_2

History Death from Above (band)_section_0

Formation and Heads Up (2001–2003) Death from Above (band)_section_1

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_3

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." Death from Above (band)_sentence_4

On December 15, 2002, the band released their debut release, Heads Up. Death from Above (band)_sentence_5

You're a Woman, I'm a Machine and break up (2004–2006) Death from Above (band)_section_2

The band began recording for their debut album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine from February to April 2004 at The Chemical Sound in Toronto. Death from Above (band)_sentence_6

Additional recording was done at Studio Plateau in Montreal and the album was engineered and produced by Al-P, with the exception of the Montreal sessions which were engineered by Drew Malamud. Death from Above (band)_sentence_7

The album was released in October, 2004. Death from Above (band)_sentence_8

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_9

In 2005, the video for "Blood on Our Hands" won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards. Death from Above (band)_sentence_10

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_11

The band responded by attaching the legal minimum number of numerals required to keep the first part of the name. Death from Above (band)_sentence_12

The band wrote a statement on their website: Death from Above (band)_sentence_13

Murphy told his side of the story in a 2005 interview with Pitchfork, saying: Death from Above (band)_sentence_14

As of August 3, 2006, the band officially disbanded. Death from Above (band)_sentence_15

Keeler posted the following message on the official Death from Above 1979 forum: Death from Above (band)_sentence_16

On MuchMusic's television program The New Music, Keeler further explained why the band split. Death from Above (band)_sentence_17

He claimed it was due to disagreements with bandmate Grainger on many levels, including creative differences and musical style. Death from Above (band)_sentence_18

Reunion and The Physical World (2011–2016) Death from Above (band)_section_3

On February 4, 2011, the band officially reunited. Death from Above (band)_sentence_19

Grainger posted the following message on the band's website: Death from Above (band)_sentence_20

The band performed a new song while performing at EdgeFest on July 14, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto. Death from Above (band)_sentence_21

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". Death from Above (band)_sentence_22

On October 28, 2012, the band's blog was updated as they built excitement for their string of shows around Canada. Death from Above (band)_sentence_23

In the post, Grainger cited that they were "coming to share new material, and to work out the kinks". Death from Above (band)_sentence_24

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_25

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". Death from Above (band)_sentence_26

They did, however, perform at Wakestock Music Festival in August and Rifflandia in September. Death from Above (band)_sentence_27

On July 8, 2014, the band released a single, "Trainwreck 1979", and announced more details of their upcoming studio album, The Physical World. Death from Above (band)_sentence_28

On September 9, 2014 the band released their second album, The Physical World through Last Gang and Warner Bros. Records. Death from Above (band)_sentence_29

On October 7, 2014 the band released a documentary Life After Death from Above 1979. Death from Above (band)_sentence_30

The documentary chronicled the history of the band and their reunion. Death from Above (band)_sentence_31

It was directed by Grainger's wife, Eva Michon. Death from Above (band)_sentence_32

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_33

Outrage! Is Now (2017–present) Death from Above (band)_section_4

On June 6, 2017, the band announced an official name change back to the original "Death from Above". Death from Above (band)_sentence_34

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_35

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. Death from Above (band)_sentence_36

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’. Death from Above (band)_sentence_37

I wanted to write the name out in ice, so I went on Amazon and ordered an ice cube tray in the alphabet. Death from Above (band)_sentence_38

It came and there were no numbers. Death from Above (band)_sentence_39

That was that." Death from Above (band)_sentence_40

Along with the name change, the duo announced the new single, "Freeze Me." Death from Above (band)_sentence_41

The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 before its release on June 7. Death from Above (band)_sentence_42

Musical style Death from Above (band)_section_5

Throughout its career, the band has been described as dance-punk, noise punk, and punk rock. Death from Above (band)_sentence_43

Grainger has stated when the band first started he and Keeler's aim was "to be as straight ahead as possible," and "to be the AC/DC of hardcore." Death from Above (band)_sentence_44

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". Death from Above (band)_sentence_45

Members Death from Above (band)_section_6

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  • Jesse F. Keeler – bass, synthesizer, backing vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present)Death from Above (band)_item_0_0
  • Sebastien Grainger – drums, vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present)Death from Above (band)_item_0_1

Discography Death from Above (band)_section_7

For a more comprehensive list, see Death from Above discography. Death from Above (band)_sentence_46

Studio albums Death from Above (band)_sentence_47

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See also Death from Above (band)_section_8

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