Some bands careen into your life with the subtlety of a J. G. Ballard fender-bender and refuse to clean up the carnage, ending up on your iPod in such heavy rotation you can almost hear the damn player roll its eyes every time you press Play. Such is the case with Death From Above 1979--not to be confused with New York hipster-hit producers DFA, who forced this Canadian duo to alter their original, non date-specific moniker--who've completely possessed me, taking me on constant euphoria-filled bass-and-drum flashbacks.
Armed with Jesse F. Keeler's elephantine bass vibrations (and occasional keyboards) and singer Sebastien Grainger's drumming, DFA are gathering a buzz more deafening then their output, blazing through distortion-logged rock timed to a 4/4 beat. The Toronto twosome have been granted royalty status by the British press based on a UK label bidding war at SXSW and on the strength of their new single, "Blood on Our Hands," a quick hitter that adds blow-out-the-speakers metal amphetamines to jailbreak rhythms. DFA receive constant comparisons as the speedier alternative to another annihilate-the-amps bass-and-drum act, Godheadsilo, as well as "electro-futurists" Six Finger Satellite, but there's something poppier about DFA's constructions--and an American label that should help shoot this duo's exposure skyward.
DFA signed with Vice's record label, whose roster includes Brit hiphop champ the Streets, the Am Rep-ish, agitated rockers Panthers and '70s droners Vietnam (the latter two of whom accompany DFA on this tour). DFA's debut full-length, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine hits stores this month, and it already has prominent fans. "We're being interviewed by Bruce Dickinson tomorrow morning for BBC radio. He requested to do it," Keeler says incredulously from their UK tour. Metallica's Kirk Hammett reportedly requested a copy of DFA's record as well.
Between Grainger's wailing vocals and arena-rock beats and Keeler's blown-out bass lines, You're a Woman should convert even the cynics to the realization that Death From Above are a gift from the Pearly Gates of rock.