Ferocity. Ferocity. Did I mention ferocity? This is the main adjective I can think of when I think of experiencing the recently reunited duo of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger named Death From Above 1979. I always wanted to catch them at a live show and was happy when I got a chance this time around. If you were looking to work off that initial Thanksgiving meal and leftovers, Union Transfer was the place to be to engage your legs and dance unaccountably.
Our opening band of the night was Biblical from Toronto, Canada. They played a four song set with dark, brooding light. These songs were lengthy, but kept your interest with their quasi blues and hard rock style. Given how crazy Union Transfer was going to get later in the night, their music offset fans into a trance. This is not without saying that the band was without vigor, often converging together in the middle of the stage rocking out. Bassist/vocalist N.Sewell had a brief reprieve and declared to the crowd that this was an “all Canadian bill tonight!”.
From the start, I knew that DFA 1979 meant business. Keeler and Grainger were stationary until out of nowhere, Keeler busted out in the early distorted bass chords facing the speaker during “Turn In Out”. Jessie Keeler was to play a MSTRKRFT set after the show and I honestly don’t know how he did it. Both members literally left all the raw emotion out of the stage that night. Crowd surfing and dancing ensued to the point where I had to watch my back a couple times taking photos. That’s a telltale sign of a good show – where there were barely any phones in the air and fans are moving their feet. Sebastian Grainger took some time to address the crowd and make some jokes about the inflatable puppet being passed around.
The duo split the set list from their first album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine and their latest, The Physical World. By the time “Romantic Rights” was played during their encore, everybody was drenched in sweat. I loved the punk rock feeling of the show. You might find that there are a lot of tempered bands to say the least. A good rock show should leave you spent and satisfied. Welcome back, boys. Stay awhile this time around.
DFA 1979 Set list
Turn It Out
Right On, Frankenstein!
You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
Go Home, Get Down
White Is Red
The Physical World