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DEATH FROM ABOVE (sometimes abbreviated to DFA) is a Canadian punk rock duo from Toronto, Ontario . The duo changed their name to DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 in 2004 after a legal dispute with the dance music label DFA Records ; however, in 2017, the band officially changed their name back to DEATH FROM ABOVE. The duo consists of vocalist and drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler .


* 1 History

* 1.1 Formation and Heads Up (2001–2003) * 1.2 You\'re a Woman, I\'m a Machine and break up (2004–2006) * 1.3 Reunion and The Physical World (2011–2016) * 1.4 Outrage! Is Now (2017–present)

* 2 Band name * 3 Members * 4 Discography * 5 Samples * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links



Grainger and Keeler reportedly met at a Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth
concert, 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 EP, Heads Up .


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 Montreal
and the album was engineered and produced by Al-P , with the exception of the Montreal
sessions which were engineered by Drew Malamud. The album was released on October 26, 2004. The band released three singles to promote, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, these singles where "Romantic Rights " on November 4, 2004, " Blood on Our Hands " on February 17, 2005 and "Black History Month " on June 13, 2005. In 2005, the video for "Blood on Our Hands" won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards .

As of August 3, 2006, the band officially disbanded. Keeler posted the following message on the official Death from Above 1979 forum:

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.


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 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 trough Last Gang and Warner Bros. Records
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
Jack White
's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.


On June 6, 2017, the band announced an official name change back to the original "Death from Above." The same day, the duo announced a new single, "Freeze Me." The song premiered on BBC Radio 1 before its release on June 7.


The band formed in 2001 under the name "Death from Above", but in 2004 the band changed their name to "Death from Above 1979" 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 amount of numbers required to keep the first part of the name.

The band wrote a statement on their website:

“ FUCK DFA RECORDS FUCK JAMES MURPHY WE DECLARE JIHAD ON THEM HOLY WAR ENDING IN THIER 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... 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
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. ”

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. 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.


* Jesse F. Keeler – bass, synthesizer, backing vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present) * Sebastien Grainger – drums, vocals (2001–2006, 2011–present)










* Label: Last Gang * Released: October 26, 2004

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* Label: Last Gang, Warner Bros. * Released: September 9, 2014

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* Label: Last Gang * Released: September 8, 2017

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US Top Dance/Electronic Albums


US Alt.

US Main. Rock

US Hot Rock Songs

"ROMANTIC RIGHTS " 2004 — 57 — — — You\'re a Woman, I\'m a Machine

"BLOOD ON OUR HANDS " 2005 — 33 — — —


"TRAINWRECK 1979" 2014 83 — 14 22 33 The Physical World


"VIRGINS" 2015 — — — — —

"FREEZE ME" 2017 — — — 25 — Outrage! Is Now


* "Romantic Rights" * "Blood on Our Hands" * "Black History Month" * "Pull Out" * "Sexy Results" ( MSTRKRFT
Edition) * "Trainwreck 1979" * "Virgins" * "White is Red" * "Never swim Alone"

In media

* Brazilian electro-rock band CSS released a single called "Let\'s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above ". * "Romantic Rights" was used in the opening credits for the CBC show The Hour , the MTV show Human Giant , and the video game SSX on Tour
SSX on Tour
. * "Black History Month" is featured in the video game Project Gotham Racing 3 . * "Little Girl" is featured in the video game Major League Baseball 2K7 and Tony Hawk\'s American Wasteland . * The Marczech Makuziak remix of "Romantic Rights" is featured in the video game Tourist Trophy . * A remix of "Romantic Rights" is heard in a club on an episode of CSI: NY . * "Sexy Results" was featured in the game Saint\'s Row 2 , on one of the in-game radio stations. * The MSTRKRFT
version of "Sexy Results" was used in the commercial for the Motorola Q . * Various songs were featured in the 2006 run of German television show Die Super Nanny. * The Bloody Beetroots released a song called "Fucked From Above 1985" on their album Romborama
. * "Turn It Out" is featured in the film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance . * Crystal Castles sampled "Dead Womb" in "Untrust Us", the first track off of their eponymous debut LP. * "Romantic Rights" is played in the background of a scene in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World . * "Crystal Ball" is one of the songs on EA Sports
EA Sports
game, FIFA 15 soundtrack. * "Romantic Rights" is one of the songs on the NBA 2K15
NBA 2K15
soundtrack. * "Nothing Left" is one of the songs on the MLB 15: The Show soundtrack. * "Trainwreck 1979" is featured in TV show Teen Wolf in addition to the video games NHL 15 and Quantum Break . The song also appeared in several promos for Nitro Circus Live
Nitro Circus Live
and season 3 of Arrow . * "Always On" is used in Episode 4 of Season 1 of Jessica Jones , "AKA 99 Friends" * "Freeze Me" is used in Episode 8 of Season 4 of HBO's Silicon Valley



"Romantic Rights" Sample of "Romantic Rights", from You\'re a Woman, I\'m a Machine . ------------------------- "Dead Womb" Sample of "Dead Womb", from Heads Up . -------------------------

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Music of Canada

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Music of Canada
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