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. Turn It Out
02. Romantic Rights
03. Going Steady
04. Go Home, Sit Down
05. Blood On Our Hands
06. Black History Month
07. Little Girl
08. Cold War
09. You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
10. Pull Out
11. Sexy Results

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.

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The following statement was given by bassist Jesse F. Keeler approximately a year after anyone had heard anything from them:

I know its [sic] been forever since I wrote anything on here. I’m sure by now most of you assume the band isn’t 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 couldn’t 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, it’s been quite a while now and we are still very sure the band won’t happen again, so I guess it’s time to say something.

Wikipedia, the font of all knowledge that is is, cites major creative differences between he and drumm/vocalist Sebastien Grainger for the split. The worst kind of split-up – no hope of reconcilliation. Boo.

Grainger is now guitarist/frontman of Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains. Keeler is now one half of MSTRKRFT. That’s about it, folks!

– CG

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