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Death From Above 1979
« on: August 05, 2006, 10:33:54 PM »
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Well, I wouldn't dedicate this to them breaking up, so I gave them a thread since they're without one, but now for the article that will start this out on the wrong foot.

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/37737/Death_From_Above_1979_Call_It_Quits

Death From Above 1979 Call It Quits

 
After months of rumors and speculation, Canadian dance-metal punks Death From Above 1979 have called it quits. Bassist Jesse F. Keeler posted a message on the band's MySpace page and website this morning confirming the news.

Keeler wrote that he and drummer Sebastien Grainger had made the decision a year ago, but "we finished off our scheduled tour dates because there were good people working for us who relied on us to make a living and buy Christmas presents and pay rent etc. We couldn't just cancel everything and leave them out to dry."

He added, "Over the last 3 years of touring, Sebastien and I had grown apart to such an extent that the only real time we spoke was just before we would play and during interviews. We both changed so much that the people we were by the end of it probably wouldn't have been friends if they were to meet for the first time again. It's a totally normal function of growing up. Like how your high school boyfriend/girlfriend that meant so much to you would probably be the last person you would date at 30, ya know? That's where we got to. It's not sad. It would be more sad if we stopped changing and growing and kept playing the same songs for 40 years like the rolling stones. For me that would be a nightmare."

Keeler's message is one of the most honest and revealing things written by a pop musician that I've ever read. The full text is below, after the jump.

hey

i know its been forever since i wrote anything on here. im sure by now most of you assume the band isnt happening anymore since there are no shows, no work on a new album, etc. well. i wanted to let you know that your assumptions are correct. we decided to stop doing the band... actually we decided that almost a year ago. we finished off our scheduled tour dates because there were good people working for us who relied on us to make a living and buy christmas presents and pay rent etc. we couldnt just cancel everything and leave them out to dry... plus i think we wanted to see if we would reconsider after being out on the road. our label was really hoping that we would change our minds, so they asked us to keep quiet about the decision for at first. well, its been quite awhile now and we are still very sure the band wont happen again, so i guess its time to say something.

we started as a punk band with pop aspirations and we met every goal we set for ourselves. a few weeks ago, the album finally went gold in canada and that was the final mark i really wanted to reach.. it was my goal to see how big we could become without ever compromising or changing what we did right from the start... and now i know. we did way more than i ever expected and i like to think the fans (you?) enjoyed it as much as we did.... watching us sneak our way onto network tv, big festivals and sports arenas... playing music that most people assumed only belonged in basements and dirty rock clubs. we played our first show in a living room on long island for about 12 people and played our last in the calgary saddledome for 12,000. ha! what more could i have ever asked for? ive been in lots of punk bands over the last 15 years and i played every basement, squat, hole and alley from here to eastern europe. dfa79 was the first time i ever really played on a stage, yet i really didnt change what i was doing from what id been doing in the past... hell i was even using the same amplifiers!

i never would have imagined that the wall of noise i love so much could have come this far. to see my silly elephant trunk idea become so popular... im sure its the greatest piece of graphic design ill ever do.over the last 3 years of touring, sebastien and i had grown apart to such an extent that the only real time we spoke was just before we would play and during interviews. we both changed so much that the people we were by the end of it, probably wouldnt have been friends if they were to meet for the first time again. its a totally normal function of growing up. like how your high school bf/gf that meant so much to you would probably be the last person you would date at 30, ya know? thats where we got to. its not sad.

it would be more sad if we stopped changing and growing and kept playing the same songs for 40 years like the rolling stones. for me that would be a nightmare.

thank you so much for your support from beginning to end. thanks ache records for giving us that first 325 dollars and thanks last gang for taking us the rest of the way. thanks to everyone who came out to our shows, wrote letters just to say hi, baked cakes and made your own t-shirts. i kept everything you gave me. thanks so much to the kids who came really early to see us when were were opening for bigger bands... that meant so much to me.

i hope i have been a positive example and not a bad influence and i really want you to know that when you stop me on the street and i dont know what to say, its not because i dont appreciate you, its just not something ill ever really get used to.

thanks again.

j f k

Keeler will continue on as a member of MSTRKRFT, his disco-punk project with partner Al-P. Their debut album, The Looks, came out July 18 on Last Gang, and they have several fall tour dates lined up:

09-10 Toronto, Ontario - Virgin Festival
09-14 Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
10-14 Atlanta, GA - MJQ Concourse
10-31 Hollywood, CA - Safari Sam's *
11-01 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine *
11-04 Chicago, IL - Smart Bar

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2006, 11:41:08 PM »
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Wow, that sucks. They played some of their songs of the speakers before Muse came on tonight. And it's weird, because I thought to myself, "Hm, I wonder if they're working on a new album." AND I got to see them open for QOTSA and NIN. I guess it's not a total loss.
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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 02:37:01 AM »
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Reforming for a Coachella performance.


FUCK YES

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 12:44:40 PM »
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Just for one gig and fuck off again? I could offer my nuts to see them live. Not really.

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2011, 02:39:33 AM »
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Just for one gig and fuck off again? I could offer my nuts to see them live. Not really.

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2011, 04:27:31 AM »
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For real tho.

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2011, 08:19:04 PM »
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As far I know they're only playing coachella. If they don't kill each other then, I wouldn't be surprised if they did a small tour and/or the festival circuit.

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Re: Death From Above 1979
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011, 02:25:31 AM »
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Death From Above 1979 on reunion: 'We're an undeniable source of power'

Death From Above 1979 have spoken for the first time about their reunion.

The band were a surprise inclusion on the bill for April’s Coachella Festival in California and have since confirmed they will play Austria’s Donau Festival in May.

Now drummer Sebastian Grainger has posted a message on the band's official website, Deathfromabove1979.com.

"It's been five years since Death From Above 1979 played a show," he wrote. "10 years since Jesse [F Keeler, bandmate] played me the first demos and 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs."

He added: "So why not say yes? Why not say yes to Coachella? Why not say yes to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power?

"Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied. Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration. The collision of two different worlds."

Since the band split in 2006 Keeler has worked as half of dance duo MSTRKRFT, while Grainger has performed as a singer in Sebastian Grainger And The Mountains.

 

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