Death From Above, the 2000s era punk rock band formerly known as Death From Above 1979, have rekindled their career with the release of their new album, Outrage! Is Now. The Toronto born Canadian rock duo, consisting of bassist Jesse K. Keeler and drummer vocalist Sebastien Grainger, have been credited as being one of the key groups who came out of the new-age rock movement surfacing in New York in the early 2000s.
The band formed in 2001 but because of creative and musical differences between Grainger and Keeler, broke up in 2006 after releasing only one studio album in October of 2004, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. The duo had disbanded for about a year before officially confirming their demise on August 3rd, 2006. Keeler is quoted with saying, “Our label was really hoping that we would change our minds, so they asked us to keep quiet about the decision 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.” Although this seemed like an indefinite ending, the punk rock duo came together again in 2011 and soon announced a Canadian tour in 2012.
It was a bumpy road while attempting to get the band back and performing live, but after multiple cancellations and troubles they finally performed at Wakestock Music Festival on August 10th, 2013. As well as returning to the tour life, Death From Above 1979 released their second album, The Physical World, through Warner Bros. Records on September 9th, 2014. The band also released a documentary, Life After Death from Above 1979, on October 7th, 2014 in order to report the extensive ups and downs of the iconic group from their perspective.
Music journalist, Lizzy Goodman, took note of the impact the new-age rock movement had on the early 2000s, and in her book, Meet Me in the Bathroom, her documentation of artists like The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, the White Stripes, and of course, Death From Above 1979, gives an oral history of the impact these artists had on the music industry.
With the publication of Goodman’s book on May 23rd, 2017 and the release of Death From Above’s newest album, Outrage! Is Now on September 8th, 2017, this is a happening year for the Canadian duo and long time fans are ecstatic about their recent uprising. The band’s newest album Outrage! Is Now has brought back the original raw punk sound of their first album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, but has mixed in a new maturity and control. The long wait for this album has most definitely been worth it and one can only hope that the band will continue to produce new music and tours.
Death From Above are currently on tour and tickets can be found on Ticketmaster.com and their album can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and other music outlets.