Virgins - Single
Toronto-bred dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 built their rep on (among other things) a mammoth, almost primal sound; featuring only heavily-distorted bass, drums, vocals, and the occasional sprinkling of synth, Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger managed to accomplish a lot with their own imposed sonic restrictions. For their new salacious single “Virgins”, stripped off from last year’s career revival record The Physical World, they try something a little different for the b-side – an unplugged take. Armed with only a mandolin and steel-string acoustic guitar, the rocking cut gives off something of a relaxed, folkie, almost ZepIII vibe, while still asking the important questions like - “where have all the virgins gone?” The band has taken similar approaches on the album press circuit, but this is the first formal release of this nature. Perhaps something to look forward to for full-length number three?
According to Consequence of Sound, DFA1979 had to postpone several American dates in August due to immigration/visa issues. The band played a hometown show in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square for the Pan Am Games earlier this week.