Some of the duo’s second album is described as “Springsteen meets Sonic Youth.”
Death From Above 1979 released dance-punk touchstone You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine in 2004 before disbanding two years later. Bassist Jesse Keeler went on to co-found electro-house duo MSTRKRFT, while singer-drummer Sebastian Grainger would try his hand at indie rock.
Since reuniting in 2011, the duo has teased new material, and they have finally announced plans for a second album. Titled The Physical World and due on September 9, the album was helmed by veteran producer and composer Dave Sardy.
“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,” Grainger tells NME. “It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy. 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.'”
“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 added.