By Hollister Dixon
Before we get to the festivities, let’s start with a brief history lesson. In 2001, Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger started a band called Death From Above 1979 in Toronto. In 2004, they released an album called You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, which remains one of the greatest examples of dance-punk to ever come from somewhere that was not DFA Records (a label which forced the band to add the ‘1979’ to avoid confusion). In 2006, after a brief but tumultuous career, the duo broke up, citing creative differences (read: they really fucking hated each other). The members did more than a few things following the demise of DFA1979, including Keeler’s MSTRKRFT (formed in 2005, which contributed remixes of “Sexy Results” and “Little Girl” to DFA1979’s Romance Bloody Romance b-sides/rarities collection) and Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains (more on them in just a little bit).
Death From Above 1979 are proof that any band can reunite and face hordes of adoring fans. In 2011, the band announced that they would reunite, complete with a tour and a new album. Both of these things took time and effort to get off the ground, the latter of which finally appearing as this year’s fantastic The Physical World. You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine never had the impact on me that it had on a lot of my peers, but even still, it’s hard to ignore how much that band had – and still has – going for them. They were a band that arrived sounding fully-formed, producing music that sounded simultaneously expertly-crafted, and completely unhinged. Because of this, it would be extremely difficult to pass up the opportunity to see what they could accomplish in a live setting.