If you’re a fan of Toronto ‘dance-punk’ duo Death From Above 1979, then you’ve likely been following their website and/or Facebook page with bated breath over the past few weeks. After their 2004 album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine and subsequent touring, the band announced an indefinite hiatus; despite the album’s critical acclaim, the band broke up in 2006. They played a handful of reunion shows between 2011 and 2013, and experimented with some new tracks–and then disappeared.
However, a mysterious photo and audio sample manifested on the band’s webpage back in April. Since then, the photos and samples have changed sporadically, detailing the construction of–well, a giant backlit version of the bands logo, erected in a desert, to announce their new album, entitled The Physical World, which is scheduled for released September 9th.
Last night the band posted a photo to their Facebook page teasing, perhaps, a new song. Fan suspicion was confirmed today on a BBC Radio 1 broadcast, where the band released the first single from their new LP. “Trainwreck 1979” is bassy, dance-rock heaven. Though the new track has, perhaps, a little bit less bite (I’ll save criticism for our review when the album drops) than You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, it’s clear why fans have waited so impatiently for Death From Above to sate their uniquely eccentric appetites.
Follow the linked photo to the Radio 1 broadcast, and fast forward to ~1:53:00 to hear the new single. This broadcast expires 7 days from today, so check it out before it’s too late, and we have to wait another 10 years for new DFA material.
You can also check out this Rolling Stone interview with drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger for some details on the inception of The Physical World, due out September 9th.