Published Feb 04, 2011Last month, we received word that celebrated fuzz punk duo Death From Above 1979 would be reuniting on April 17 at this year's Coachella. This will mark the first time Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger have played together since breaking up in 2006.
Now, drummer/vocalist Grainger has posted a message on the band's official website, explaining why they have decided to reform. His full statement is below:
It's been 5 years since Death From Above 1979 played a show, 10 years since Jesse played me the first demos & 11 years since we sat in his parents basement and played so loud we knocked the china off the shelves upstairs. 11 seems to be a YES number for me. Though I am usually a pretty rational guy, if I have something on my mind and I see an 11 somewhere, I know I'm on the right path. It's one of my last remaining superstitions. 2011 has a nice ring to it & if you're so inclined, it may be the last year ever! So why not say YES? Why not say YES to Coachella? Why not say YES to playing the music we designed to be an undeniable source of power? Why not say YES to stirring up a writhing pit of sweaty humans? YES to riots! YES to heavy music! YES instead of maybe, and YES to make death your adviser and remind yourself always, that this is not a dress rehearsal. This is the big show.
Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied.
Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.
The collision of two different worlds.
As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you.
All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way.
Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!
So by the sound of things, all you need to do to make Grainger agree to something is to make sure that it adds up to 11. Here's hoping that Coachella is just the beginning of a new era of Death From Above 1979, since statements like "As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you" seem to suggest that more announcements could be on the way.
The band have released just one studio full-length, 2004's You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. Perhaps it's worth noting that the album has 11 tracks on it.
On a related note, are there any other band's you'd like to see reunite at Coachella? See our wish list right here.