A full decade after they released their genre-defining debut album, Death From Above 1979 have announced their follow-up, titled The Physical World. Bassist Jesse F Keeler had previously referenced Radiohead in describing the new album, calling it Kid A to the debut’s Pablo Honey.
Drummer/singer Sebastian Grainger told NME the catalyst for the album was largely the pressure from fans. “No matter what Jesse and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above. It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy,” he said.
“So we’re putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, ‘It’s not what we expected,’ or however they react to it, it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve been fucking asking for it.'” Grainger went on to explain that the release of new music is also paramount to their continuation as a live band.
“This record is a key for us. It will permit us to go play the shows we want to play and it gives us the freedom to do what we want,” he said. The album is reportedly due for release this September and was produced by Dave Sardy, best known for his collaborations with Oasis and Wolfmother.
Grainger described one of the tracks on the follow-up to 2004’s acclaimed You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine as “Springsteen meets Sonic Youth.” Meanwhile Keeler previously told Rolling Stone, “The last record we made was like [Radiohead’s] Pablo Honey, and this one will be more like Kid A.”
After finding acclaim with their debut, DFA1979 disbanded in 2006, with Keeler moving on to his house music project MSTRKRFT and Grainger focusing on solo projects. The duo reunited in 2011 to play Coachella and SXSW and have played a number of live dates in the past few years.
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