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
* 2 Band name * 3 Members * 4 Discography * 5 Samples * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
FORMATION AND HEADS UP (2001–2003)
Grainger and Keeler reportedly met at a
On December 15, 2002, the band released their debut EP, Heads Up .
YOU\'RE A WOMAN, I\'M A MACHINE AND BREAK UP (2004–2006)
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
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.
REUNION AND THE PHYSICAL WORLD (2011–2016)
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!
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
OUTRAGE! IS NOW (2017–PRESENT)
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
“ 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.
TITLE ALBUM DETAILS PEAK CHART POSITIONS
YOU\\\'RE A WOMAN, I\\\'M A MACHINE
* Label: Last Gang * Released: October 26, 2004
— — — 84 —
THE PHYSICAL WORLD
* Label: Last Gang, Warner Bros. * Released: September 9, 2014
3 65 145 37 28
OUTRAGE! IS NOW
* Label: Last Gang * Released: September 8, 2017
— — — — —
TITLE ALBUM DETAILS PEAK CHART POSITIONS
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums
ROMANCE BLOODY ROMANCE: REMIXES font-size:90%;">UK
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 — — —
"BLACK HISTORY MONTH " — 48 — —
"TRAINWRECK 1979" 2014 83 — 14 22 33 The Physical World
"GOVERNMENT TRASH" — — — — —
"VIRGINS" 2015 — — — — —
"FREEZE ME" 2017 — — — 25 — Outrage! Is Now
* "Romantic Rights"
* "Blood on Our Hands"
* "Black History Month"
* "Pull Out"
* "Sexy Results" (
* 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
"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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* ^ "Death From Above 1979 Showcase Live Show in New Video".
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* ^ "SEBASTIEN GRAINGER: any users out there? if you\'re
so inclined can you change the DFA1979 site to state we were Toronto
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* ^ "Why Everyone Is Losing Their Mind Over A New Death From Above
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* ^ "From The Abundance Of The Heart, The Mouth Speaks". Last Gang
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* ^ Archived October 15, 2007, at the
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