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Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979

Biography

This drum and bass duo from Toronto consists of Sebastian Grainger (drums and vocals) and Jessie Keller (synths and bass). Like those indie-grind twosomes GodheadSilo and the Ruins before them, they take stripped-down instrumentation and channel it into pure crash-and-bang noise with the addition of post-punk vocals and a funky dance beat. Formed in 2001 as Death from Above, they got the name from military surplus T-shirt that sported a U.S. paratrooper slogan. In order to avoid a lawsuit from New York music collective and label DFA, they ended up tagging it with Grainger's birth year. It was under this name that they released their long-playing ruckus, You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, in 2004. Because their interests and influences are not only steeped in noise, but also house and hip-hop, they followed it up in 2005 with Romance, Bloody Romance, a CD of dance remixes and B-sides.
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