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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.

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Love It, Love It, Love It!!!

This whole album is absolutely fantastic! I can't get the songs out of my head. DFA 1979 has come back with a vengeance, with their classic earsplitting bass riffs and driving beat! Right on Frankenstein is one of my favorites. When I listen to White is Red for the first time, The lyrics seriously took my breath away. DFA 1979 takes pounding catchy punk tracks, and puts visceral significance to every lyric. Seriously, download this album!

Aww yiss!!

Got into these guys a while back. LOVED their stuff. Even more excited for this album!!

Finally! New awesome to add to the old.

I started listening to this a day ago and have listened to the album 4 times through. DFA does not disappoint, I knew they wouldn't. I'm disappointed I only found out about them a year ago.


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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