The wait is over
Toronto-based dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 have brought to a close their fans' decade-long wait for a follow-up album to their seminal 2004 debut LP You're A Woman, I'm A Machine.
The band announced this morning (AEST) that their sophomore record would be titled The Physical World and is scheduled to drop September 9 via Last Gang Records. And, from the sounds of it, there's at least an element of pressure behind the decision to reconvene.
"No matter what [bassist] Jesse [F. Keeler] and I do, on whatever scale of success it's sat on, there's always some kind of reference to Death From Above," drummer/vocalist Sebastian Grainger told NME.
"It's only frustrating because it's so lazy. So we're putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, 'It's not what we expected,' or however they react to it, it's like, 'Well, you've been fucking asking for it.'"
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However, he conceded that there's at least some aspect of personal gratification involved too: "This record is a key for us. It will permit us to go play the shows we want to play and it gives us the freedom to do what we want," he said.
Although DFA 1979 have only released one full-length to date, they offered up a prolific number of EPs in their short five-year career, and thus despite being the first album in a decade, The Physical World - which will be produced by D. Sardy (who has worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother and Oasis) - actually marks the band's first new work since their original parting of the ways in 2006.
They also popped up post-dissolution in a live capacity, by staging a couple of reunion shows in 2011 at world-renowned festivals Coachella and South by Southwest, but, with the band describing one of the forthcoming record's tracks as "Springsteen meets Sonic Youth", it feels good to know they might be something of a more permanent fixture once again.