Electric Ballroom – October 20th | More photos of the show here
Returning stronger than ever after a 10-year break with their epic comeback album The Physical World, Death From Above 1979’s sold out Electric Ballroom show was always going to be filled with unprecedented anticipation.
The great thing about the venue is that the intimate setting means that there’s zero fuss involved, from the sparse stage setup to the casual entrance from Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keller’s on stage; tonight is centered around the music – Nothing more, nothing less.
Opening with track ‘Turn It Out’ taken from the band’s You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine album the squealing bass line sends the crowd straight into a surge of headbanging momentum that continues to drive the track through into more welcomed forms of hardcore beats of insanity.
The great thing about DFA 1979 is that they have perfected the art of thrashing, i.e. unparalleled levels of noise, with exuberant thrills in the form of energetic synth and weighty beats, keeping things fresh and exciting throughout their live performance.
The new album manages to hold it’s own, with the duo proving it to be just as wired, and hungry enough to drive us deeper and deeper into our DFA coma of obsession. The Queens of the Stone Age-esque bass riffs during tracks such as ‘Cheap Talk’ prove the band have the skill and elevated precision to continually morph into much more than just a cult group reference – they have what it takes to go the distance and progress into something much more ambitious, dare we say to something of a stadium magnitude?
It’s through more mainstream anthems like ‘Trainwreck 1979’ that we really see the band pick up the pace and the pure energy ensures the track sounds raw in a live environment. There’s no anxiety about the songs sounding like lip-synced radio versions here either, in fact you could describe the show as a complete overload of deafening destruction, but that’s one of the reasons we love DFA so much; there’s no bullshit, just noise.
Perhaps we didn’t realise it at the time, but the world was certainly a slightly bleaker place before DFA 1979 returned into our lives, filling that all-important void with unruly uproar, boy are we glad to have them back.