Death from Above (also known as Death from Above 1979) is a Canadian
rock duo consisting of drummer and vocalist
1.1 Formation and Heads Up (2001–2003)
You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
2 Band name 3 Musical style 4 Members 5 Discography 6 Samples 7 See also 8 References 9 External links
Formation and Heads Up (2001–2003)
Grainger and Keeler reportedly met at a
Death From Above 1979 performing at St. Catharines, April 22 2004
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.
Additional recording was done at Studio Plateau in
I know its been forever since I wrote anything on here. I'm sure by now most of you assume the band isn't happening anymore since there are no shows, no work on a new album, etc. well. I wanted to let you know that your assumptions are correct. We decided to stop doing the band... Actually we decided that almost a year ago. We finished off our scheduled tour dates because there were good people working for us who relied on us to make a living and buy Christmas presents and pay rent etc. We couldn't just cancel everything and leave them out to dry... Plus I think we wanted to see if we would reconsider after being out on the road. Our label was really hoping that we would change our minds, so they asked us to keep quiet about the decision for at first. Well, it's been quite a while now and we are still very sure the band won't happen again, so I guess it's time to say something.
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.
The Physical World
On February 4, 2011, the band officially reunited. Grainger posted the following message on the band's website:
It’s been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I’m on the right path. It’s one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it if you’re so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.
Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied. Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration. The collision of two different worlds. As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you. All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way. Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!
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 in lieu of 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
Governors Ball Music Festival
“ FUCK DFA RECORDS FUCK JAMES MURPHY WE DECLARE JIHAD ON THEM HOLY WAR ENDING IN THIER [sic] DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT... james murphy is a selfish piece of fuck that will burn in the flames of a specially dedicated rock and roll jihad. if i had the resources i would fly a plane into his skull. ”
Murphy told his side of the story in a 2005 interview with Pitchfork, saying:
“ We knew about them for a long time, the name thing wasn't a big deal. It wasn't until they signed to a major label, which wouldn't release the record until we signed off on the name. That's how this all came about... [Parent company of Death From Above 1979's label, Vice] Atlantic's not gonna release a record by a band with the same name as another entity in music... we spent a lot of money because we didn't just wanna be total fucking assholes and just say no. We were trying to find a way for it to actually work... I was like, "What the hell's wrong with Death From Above 1979?" But the copyright attorney was like, "No, that's not fine." And I said, "If they become a totally different name, and it delays their record, that's something I'm not comfortable with." So we just tried to make it work as well as possible. ”
In a 2014 interview with The Guardian, Grainger and Keeler addressed their diatribe:
“ That was our attitude then and we now know that James Murphy wasn't involved in the cease-and-desist. He was on honeymoon. ”
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
Discography For a more comprehensive list, see Death from Above discography. Studio albums
You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Sample of "Romantic Rights", from You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.
Sample of "Dead Womb", from Heads Up.
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