After four years, the Canadian dance-punk duo consisting of Sebastien Grainger & Jesse F. Keeler returns in the late March of 2021. Maybe from above, maybe from their LP “Outrage! Is Now” release in 2017, the band Death from Above 1979 lands with something new in their hands. The duo have switched to working with Universal Music Canada and at the same time token released still punk and still tough, yet very vibrant and much more intimate and soft new album “Is 4 Lovers”.
Death from Above 1979:
SUCCESS & FALL
Toronto, Ontario, 2001: the bassist Jesse F. Keeler and the drummer & vocalist Sebastien Grainger decided to form a band based on friendship and an urge to create music.
Under the name Death from Above 1979 the debut album “You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine” in 2004 led to a huge success!
They performed together with Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age.
Despite the fact that after a few years this tremendous success led to a band’s break up, after five long years the band reunited.
Death from Above 1979:
The comeback in 2014 with the album “The Physical World” was fortunate again: number 3 in Canada, reaching the top 30 in the Hot-100-US. Their single “Trainwreck 1979” was also performed in David Letterman’s show.
Not only that, in 2014 Eva Michon, Grainger’s wife, as well as an award-winning director based in LA made a documentary.
“Life After Death From Above 1979” documentary captures the Death from Above 1979 split and reunion.
In 2017 the band boomed again with their new single “Freeze Me” debuted on BBC Radio 1. Following, the new album “Outrage! Is Now” was also very successful.
Sebastian Grainger describes “One + One” single:
“It is a love song. It’s the karmic sequel to ‘Romantic Rights.’ My wife, Eva, became pregnant not long after we started working on the song. And after hearing an early version she said, ‘I wish this song was dancier’. So I went back into the studio and re-worked the drums. As the record was taking shape, every time I would come home from the studio, the baby would start dancing in Eva’s belly. Even before I walked into the room, the party would start. One plus one is three — that’s magic!”
ONE + ONE: THE MUSIC VIDEO
The inspiration for the “One + One” video clip came from David Hockney’s collage artworks. This clip was directed by talented and real band’s supporter Eva Michon.
“Is 4 Lovers” by Death from Above 1979 is dedicated to each one of you. Learn more about the album on the official website.
Text: Kristina Kurapkaityte
Pictures: © Universal Music