Oi, you! Yeah, you. Get off my lawn!
So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society. Like safety-checking marshmallows.
Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone. This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should listen to.
OMG THESUMS AREN’T HEAVY LOL! Shut your mouth, it’s Death From Above 1979.
I want to take a small detour this week and talk about a band that weren’t particularly heavy, but I feel were and are important all the same.
Death From Above 1979. One bass. One drumkit. Two guys. Probably (definitely) some synths. A whole lot of fucking talent. I don’t really like dance music, and I’m extremely picky about anything electronic-sounding (Amon Tobin being the other major exception), but g’DAMN these guys are so groovy it actually physically hurts my testicles.
It generally follows that increasing the number of musicians in a band increases the group’s diversity. Of course, after a certain point the extra members become fluff and just add redundancy – but it’s diverse redundancy. Like having an extra ‘heavy’ in your name.
On that basis, having too few might have the tendency to limit you. Look at the White Stripes – they only have one and a half members, and they’ve made maybe two decent songs that I can think of. Not Death From Above though. I am quite seriously dumbfounded by how good their tunes are.
01. Better Off Dead (La Peste cover)
02. Blood on Our Hands (Justice remix)
03. Do It 93! (live in Rio)
04. Romantic Rights (Erol Alkan’s Love from Below re-edit)
05. Little Girl (MSTRKRFT edition)
06. You’re Lovely (But You’ve Got Lots of Problems)
Funnily enough, the tracklist I began listening to when the album was first handed to me was the bonus CD, although I thought it was the main album – such that is the beauty of being given random mp3s by your friends; THEY DON’T FUCKING NAME THEM CORRECTLY! So I have OCD, but I have a point, right?
I really really do miss this band, which is part of the reason I’ve taken a week off from the specifically heavy to bring them to your attention. I don’t have a lot else to say, so I’m just going to direct your attention downwards to some phenomenal tunes. I’ll see you in about fiofteen minutes.
The following statement was given by bassist Jesse F. Keeler approximately a year after anyone had heard anything from them:
Grainger is now guitarist/frontman of Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains. Keeler is now one half of MSTRKRFT. That’s about it, folks!