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

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 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.

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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  • Jokurr

    Trainwreck 1979 is good but had me worried the rest of the album would sound like that. Government Trash put those fears to rest, much more like the old DFA1979 we know and love.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • TASpark658

    Did this leak and where?

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Slinkster

    If you're a fan of the two singles, you'll be a fan of the new album. Right On, Frankenstein! is my favourite from the first few listens

    29 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • winterpogo

    Dirty bassline all the time

    28 Aug 10:39pm Reply
  • Lucas_Grow

    Government Trash FTW!

    27 Aug 7:18pm Reply
  • lennyke

    Trainwreck 1979 is growing in me. It's a cool pop song. Government Trash is good old DFA1979, of course.

    27 Aug 4:41pm Reply
  • braydee

    If anyone has tickets for the London show in October going spare, give me a shout. They're being sold at extortionate prices at the moment :(

    27 Aug 9:47am Reply
  • bernardop

    government trash >>> trainwreck 1979 [2] government trash is transcendent [2]

    26 Aug 3:34pm Reply
  • hazenkamp

    government trash >>> trainwreck 1979

    22 Aug 10:42am Reply
  • sarito123

    government trash is transcendent

    19 Aug 4:46pm Reply
  • Harrishun

    Well and truly back.

    19 Aug 12:48am Reply
  • daveisadude

    GOVERNMENT TRASH IS FUCKING AMAZING

    18 Aug 7:41pm Reply
  • bruno_c

    GOVERNMENT TRASH IS AVALIABLE ONLINE HOLY SHIT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c3w9wJOqSI

    18 Aug 2:24pm Reply
  • equinox-a

    How did I sleep on this for THIS LONG. Fuck.

    18 Aug 7:42am Reply
  • DanilKurilo

    Trainwreck is just not the DFA I want to listen to. I was hoping for some serious stuff like "You're a woman I'm a machine" album

    11 Aug 8:05pm Reply
  • roemilca111

    Trainwreck 1979 just sounds like generic indie pop to me. lyrics are not very good either

    1 Aug 8:28pm Reply
  • atsom655321

    I just bought tickets to see them in November. A sentence I never thought I would get to say, and holy fuck am I happy to say it.

    1 Aug 6:51am Reply
  • Mauricio-ftw

    yeah, sounds pretty damn good to me too

    23 Jul 3:59pm Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    sounds pretty damn good to me

    16 Jul 1:01am Reply
  • silentbodom91

    I HATE U FKING TICKET FLIPPERS UGHHHHHHHHHH DFA IF UR READING THIS PLZ LET ME INTO THE SF SHOW

    11 Jul 9:56pm Reply
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