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Toronto, Canada (2001 – 2006, 2011 – present)

Death from Above 1979 (nee Death from Above) are the Toronto-based duo of Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths) and Sebastien Grainger (vocals, drums), whiuch formed in 2001. Refusing to employ a lead guitarist, they played loud synth infused on the drum and bass combination alone.

They added the 1979 suffix to the name following 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.

In 2005 the video for “Romantic Rights” won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Music Awards.

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.


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  • Cosm01

    no-thanks Thats deep yo

    1 hour ago Reply
  • Ziigii

    The new album is good, stable, solid. It will age gracefully.

    20 Sep 4:10pm Reply
  • vityapro

    death grips in similar? rly?

    20 Sep 2:45pm Reply
  • lethalimpulse

    man, listening to the new album just makes me want to listen to YAWIAM again... and not really in a good way :\\

    20 Sep 1:31am Reply
  • pppaul0

    UDR >

    19 Sep 5:20pm Reply
  • no-thanks

    Also, yes, well aged indeed, like a fine cheese you ate atop a crispy cracker with an also aged red wine you splurged on in an excited moment of ecstasy leaving the depressing office you mostly live in in the guise of "work", and after which, on the way to the liquor store, listened to the new album by the band that you loved oh so much ten years ago, that you are so excited about the let down of a return it wasn't you just must resort to e-yelling via all capitalized letters, because it really is, in fact, that important you let everyone know your opinion, because at the end of the day, the important thing is sharing in the experience.

    19 Sep 1:35am Reply
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  • Panda_Claws

    This album is awesome imagery on point, creativity on point, tight knit lyrics. Screaming and heavy guitar. Shit is dope. It's different from the last albums. If it sounded exactly like the last ones, it would've been a snooze. This is great. Like wine that has aged just right,

    17 Sep 5:54pm Reply
  • Cosm01

    Seriously people who the fuck cares what your uneducated opinion about the new album is, these comments are doing my brain in

    17 Sep 10:24am Reply
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  • AtomicoNuclear

    que video ese nuevo album. muy cerdo

    17 Sep 4:33am Reply
  • SleepyDinosaur

    Over reactions up in here.

    16 Sep 9:39pm Reply
  • matteo_k

    DFA goes pop...

    16 Sep 10:17am Reply
  • Wintermoor99

    i was a big DFA fan back in the day and i've been a fan of maybe like 5 bands in my life. soo.. big deal. i agree that the new record lacks a bit of the punch of the old one, but they are 10 years older now, i feel that is somewhat reflected in their new work. all in all, new record exceeded my expectations but it is totally eclipsed by everything else i'm liking this year

    16 Sep 1:27am Reply
  • Nickisonfire33

    Impressed, good return to form. Virgins goes hard.

    16 Sep 12:39am Reply
  • TehSpiral

    Yeah, I don't understand the small contingency of fans turning up their noses at this album...I know some people will bitch about anything, but I honestly thought we would all be on the same page with this one.

    15 Sep 10:23pm Reply
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  • Parabellum13x

    If you can't understand the progression from their old work to this, you're lovely (but you've got problems). [3]

    15 Sep 7:07pm Reply
  • bruno_c

    If you can't understand the progression from their old work to this, you're lovely (but you've got problems). [2]

    15 Sep 12:58pm Reply

    Crystal Ball is ace. [2]

    15 Sep 5:34am Reply
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