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In 2004, the Toronto dance-punk duo Death from Above 1979 released You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, a cyclonic debut album that was decidedly—and aggressively—of the moment. Ten years later, their combination of gnarled bass riffs, screeching synth flourishes, and propulsive drum work sounds every bit as ferocious—if not refined—on their highly anticipated follow-up, The Physical World. The early standout “Right On, Frankenstein!” starts as a straight-ahead punk suplex before mutating into a deliciously twisted lullaby in its anthemic coda. Elsewhere, “White Is Red” is surprisingly midtempo and wonderfully crunchy, while the single “Trainwreck 1979” finds the duo splicing their trademark chug with slivers of feathery falsetto and twinkling piano.

Customer Reviews


He still plays the bass like he hates it.

Yes!!!!!! They are back!

I'm so excited to finally hear new music from these guys. At last!

For the not easily impressed.

With the energy of Foo Fighters and the pinnache of Supergrass these guys have such a tight and energetic set it's hard not to respect their grungey hyper rock. This album will be a classic one day as it trumps so many of the rock vets out there. It's raw, it's intricate and although the material is heavily artistic 'at the moment' humanist in scope it is probably bound for several awards on just talent alone, no gimmicks attached. You can tell these guys worked hard and it's about to pay off.


Formed: 2000 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The high-energy, high-volume duo Death from Above 1979 made an immediate splash upon their debut in 2004 with You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. Bassist/synth player Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger both hailed from Toronto, where they met and formed Death from Above in 2001. (The "1979" tag was added later, following a legal spat with the U.S.-based music collective DFA.) Without a guitarist -- or any other bandmember for that matter -- Keeler and Grainger were free to push their...
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