Live Music Preview: Death From Above 1979


An elephant in your living room. Ask rhythm and metal duo Death From Above 1979 to describe their music, and that’s a common response. Indeed, the massive sound of their debut LP, “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” is sure to scrape the walls and shatter furniture — that is, if you can fit it through the door.

Using only a drum kit, bass guitar and occasional synthesizer, the metal this Toronto two-piece make is mammoth on the dance floor. Drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger’s tortured wail could make Ozzy Osborne reach for a cough drop, but his drumming style pummels the head-banging reflex straight into the hips. Sharing this dichotomy is bassist Jesse Keeler, who saws off meaty hooks reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age — or even a sped-up Black Sabbath — and aligns them with Grainger’s persistent high-hat for a club-track intensity.

Read the full preview at The Japan Times Online.

Death From Above 1979 | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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