Trainwreck 1979 - Single
Finally. After a decade (!) since the release of dancepunk duo Death From Above 1979’s incomparable debut full-length You’re a Woman, I’m A Machine, the band has announced a release date for the follow up – The Physical World will drop September 9, through Last Gang Records. The first sweaty, frantic track, “Trainwreck 1979” is now streaming, accompanied with an animated lyric video, designed by Biblical’s Nick Sewell. On the single, feedback-laden, gritty chugging bass gives way to urgent drumming and Sebastian Grainger’s distinct vocal howl, reminding us how fucking vital and libidinal DFA’s music could get.
When the band reunited back in 2011 after several years apart, the press and fans were constantly asking when the new music would come. In a recent interview, Grainger told the NME, “No matter what 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. 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.'"
In support of the new record, DFA1979 will embark on an extensive world tour, with two Canadian dates scheduled – a hometown show in Toronto September 6 for Riot Fest, and Laval QC September 12 for MRCY Block Party. Check out Facebook for details.
Head to Noisey for a recently published oral history of the band’s label Last Gang Records. Worth a read.