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Death from Above 1979
Death From Above 1979 @ Wellington Square (25 9 2011) (6202050121).jpgJesse F. Keeler performing with Death from Above 1979 in September 2011.
Background information
Also known asDeath from Above (2001–2004)
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Punk rock[1]
  • dance-punk[2]
  • noise punk[3]
Years active2001–2006, 2011–present
  • Ache
  • Last Gang
  • Warner Bros.
Associated acts
  • Femme Fatale
MembersSebastien Grainger
Jesse F. Keeler

Death from Above 1979 (sometimes abbreviated to DFA 1979) is a Canadian rock duo from Toronto, Ontario.[4] The duo consists of Sebastien Grainger (vocals, drums, percussion) and Jesse F. Keeler (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals). The band was originally named "Death from Above", the duo changed their name after a legal dispute with dance music label, DFA Records.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 In media
  • 4 Samples
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler reportedly met at a Sonic Youth concert, they sometimes jokingly claimed to have met in prison, on a pirate ship, or in a gay bar, leading some journalists and fans to believe these stories. Keeler has also stated to have met Grainger when looking for a drummer to play in his hardcore punk band Femme Fatale.[5] Keller states "That's how Death from Above got started."[5]

On December 15, 2002, the band released their debut EP, Heads Up.

The band began recording for their debut album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine from February to April 2004 at The Chemical Sound in Toronto. Additional recording was done at Studio Plateau in Montreal and the album was engineered and produced by Al-P, with the exception of the Montreal sessions which were engineered by Drew Malamud. The album was released on October 26, 2004. The band released three singles to promote, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, these singles where "Romantic Rights" on November 4, 2004, "Blood on Our Hands" on February 17, 2005 and "Black History Month" on June 13, 2005. In 2005, the video for "Blood on Our Hands" won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards.

They played "Romantic Rights" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, with Grainger drumming for the first half of the performance and Late Night's Max Weinberg on the same drum set for the second.

As of August 3, 2006, the band officially disbanded. Keeler posted the following message on the official Death from Above 1979 forum:

On MuchMusic's television program The New Music, Keeler further explained why the band split. He claimed it was due to disagreements with bandmate Grainger on many levels, including creative differences and musical style.

On February 4, 2011, Grainger announced on the band's website that they were reforming.[7] Along with this blog post, the band's official website was updated. They performed a new song while performing at EdgeFest on July 14, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto. On September 18, 2012, a Canadian tour was announced; the band revealed that they had written new songs, but needed to perform them live in order to "make them any good".[8] On October 28, 2012, the band's blog was updated in lieu of excitement for their string of shows around Canada. In the post, Grainger cited that they were "coming to share new material, and to work out the kinks". The band was originally scheduled to perform at Governors Ball Music Festival in June 2013, but later announced that they were having unexpected trouble while working on new music and cancelled their appearance. On July 11, 2013, the band confirmed that a new record is in the works on their Facebook page after cancelling European shows due to a "medical emergency". They did, however, perform at Wakestock Music Festival in August and Rifflandia in September. On July 8, 2014, the band released a single, "Trainwreck 1979", and announced more details of their upcoming studio album The Physical World.[9] On September 9, 2014 the band released their second album, The Physical World.

The band released a documentary Life After Death from Above 1979. It was released on October 7, 2014, which chronicled the history of the band and their reunion. It was directed by Grainger's wife, Eva Michon.

On April 22, 2016, the band released their live album Live At Third Man Records which was recorded in 2015 at Jack White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.[10]


Studio albums

  • You're a Woman, I'm a Machine (October 26, 2004) (UK No. 84)
  • The Physical World (September 9, 2014) (USA No.28, UK No. 37)

Remix album

  • Romance Bloody Romance: Remixes & B-Sides (October 18, 2005)

Live album

  • Live At Third Man Records (April 22, 2016)


  • Heads Up (December 15, 2002)
  • Romantic Rights EP (April 13, 2004)


  • "Romantic Rights" (November 4, 2004) (UK No. 57)
  • "Blood on Our Hands" (February 17, 2005) (UK No. 33)
  • "Black History Month" (June 13, 2005) (UK No. 48)[11]
  • "Trainwreck 1979" (July 8, 2014) (#14 Billboard Alternative Songs, #22 Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, #33 Billboard Hot Rock Songs)
  • "Government Trash" (August 14, 2014)
  • "Virgins" (July 10, 2015)

Music videos

  • "Romantic Rights"
  • "Blood on Our Hands"
  • "Black History Month"
  • "Pull Out"
  • "Sexy Results"
  • "Trainwreck 1979"
  • "Virgins"
  • "White is Red"

In media

  • Brazilian electro-rock band CSS released a single called "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above".
  • "Romantic Rights" was used in the opening credits for the CBC show The Hour, the MTV show Human Giant, and the video game SSX on Tour.
  • "Black History Month" is featured in the video game Project Gotham Racing 3.
  • "Little Girl" is featured in the video game Major League Baseball 2K7 and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
  • The Marczech Makuziak remix of "Romantic Rights" is featured in the video game Tourist Trophy.
  • A remix of "Romantic Rights" is heard in a club on an episode of CSI: NY.
  • "Sexy Results" was featured in the game Saint's Row 2, on one of the in-game radio stations.
  • The MSTRKRFT version of "Sexy Results" was used in the commercial for the Motorola Q.
  • Various songs were featured in the 2006 run of German television show Die Super Nanny.
  • The Bloody Beetroots released a song called "Fucked From Above 1985" on their album Romborama.
  • "Turn It Out" is featured in the film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Crystal Castles sampled "Dead Womb" in "Untrust Us", the first track off of their eponymous debut LP.
  • "Romantic Rights" is played in the background of a scene in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
  • "Crystal Ball" is one of the songs on EA Sports game, FIFA 15 soundtrack.[12]
  • "Romantic Rights" is one of the songs on the NBA 2K15 soundtrack.[13]
  • "Nothing Left" is one of the songs on the MLB 15: The Show soundtrack.
  • "Trainwreck 1979" is featured in TV show Teen Wolf in addition to the video games NHL 15 and Quantum Break. The song also appeared in several promos for Nitro Circus Live and season 3 of Arrow.
  • "Always On" is used in Episode 4 of Season 1 of Jessica Jones, "AKA 99 Friends"


See also

  • iconMusic of Canada portal
  • Music of Canada
  • Canadian rock
  • List of Canadian musicians
  • List of bands from Canada
  • Category:Canadian musical groups


  1. ^ "There's 'Life After Death From Above' in the New Movie From The Band". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Why Death From Above 1979 Reunited After a Decade Apart". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Death From Above 1979 Showcase Live Show in New Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  4. ^ "SEBASTIEN GRAINGER: any Wikipedia users out there? if you're so inclined can you change the DFA1979 site to state we were Toronto based, not Montreal. true say.". 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  5. ^ a b "From The Abundance Of The Heart, The Mouth Speaks". Last Gang Shop. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived October 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Some Words". DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Ok". DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Death From Above 1979 detail new album, world tour". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Geslani, Michelle (April 21, 2016) Retrieved April 23, 2016
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 146. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ "Listen to the FIFA 15 Soundtrack". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "NBA 2K15 Full Soundtrack List Revealed". Nba2kOrg. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Death from Above 1979 on Facebook
  • Death from Above 1979 discography at Discogs
  • Life After Death From Above 1979

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