The Physical World
This is the big one. A decade ago, dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 exploded onto the scene with a colossal debut, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. It depicted drummer/vocalist Sebastian Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler on the cover with elongated trunks in place of noses, because they suggested their bare bones rock was as massive as elephants trampling through your living room. It was successful in that respect, and the pair parted ways to pursue success in other projects.
We’re grateful they’ve returned though for another go at it, originally for a string of reunion dates, and finally now for a second full-length The Physical World. The rock landscape has changed significantly since they left, which makes this disc all the more striking. The mission statement hasn’t changed one iota either; the 11 tracks contained within could burst your speakers wide open. Squelchy distorted bass riffs point the attack, and surprisingly, it’s Grainger’s lyrics that emerge as the most explosive element. If it took another decade for another follow-up, this one would suffice. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long though. The best rock album of the year to date.
The last remaining Canadian date on the band’s tour is in Laval QC for MRCY Block Party. More info over at Last Gang Records.