Remembering Death from Above 1979

Our first guest post comes from Mike Scarola from New York.  Mike sends out a weekly (or monthly) e-mails that resemble the distribution list ILSUDH2 sent out before creating this blog. This post was inspired by the latest band to reunite for the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Band reunions have been in vogue lately. It started a couple of years back, and I’ve taken full advantage of it. Getting to see bands, in many cases for the first time, back together has been pretty cool. From older punk bands like The Stooges and Sex Pistols, to alternative bands like the Pixies, Faith No More, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. I’ve been able to catch a lot of cool bands on their respective reunion tours that I didn’t think I would ever get to see.

That brings me to Death from Above 1979. I saw their name on the line up for the latest Coachella festival in California and I was pretty psyched. I doubt I’ll get out there for the festival (as much as I would love too), but I’m hoping they tour.  I got to see these guys live once (Bowery Ballroom ’06) and I was blown away. They quickly rose from an unknown band to touring with Queens of the Stone Age (my fav) and Nine Inch Nails in ’06. Then, like a lot of good bands, they had some “creative differences”, and called it quits. One album, a couple of tours and that’s all folks. Hopefully, this Coachella reunion isn’t a one-off gig.

Death from Above 1979 is a duo that consists of Jesse Keeler on bass and synths and Sebastian Grainger on drums and vocals. The two main sounds you get from this band is the awesome bass work, which was really cool to see live, and Sebastian’s great voice. They may be a two-man band, but they pack quite a punch. Like I said, hopefully these guys tour, and if they do, I highly recommend catching them.

And for the folks that, like me, like to make playlists for snowboarding, biking or whatever you’re into, dump this track in there. This is one of my favorite snowboarding songs. The beat makes ya move, bitch!

So here ya go. Death From Above 1979 with Going Steady, from their album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. I posted a live version because its better than staring at a jpeg while the track plays.

Enjoy kids.

  2 comments for “Remembering Death from Above 1979

  1. Seth Fishbein
    February 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I love that! Wish I could have seen them live. Jesse Keeler is Amazing,def. a ground breaking sound and Sebastian Grainger is so much cooler than Phil collins.any reunion shows? love that Rickenbacker.

  2. Jamie Stanulis
    January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I agree with the playlists; definitely works well for boarding, mtn. biking; I’ll have someone update my ipod for me, add to “ON THE GO”. Perfect timing with the X Games; thanks for the info!

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