Published Oct 29, 2012Earlier this morning (October 29), footage from reunited duo Death From Above 1979's tour opener in Hamilton, ON, this weekend leaked and shed light on a pair of new tunes the group have been working on. From a fan's perspective, it was a dream come true, but unfortunately it turns out the reveal came against the band's wishes.
A blog post made by drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger earlier in the weekend summed up his excitement at showing off their brand new tunes, but also explained that the duo were hoping to keep the tracks between themselves and concert audiences, not for the blogs.
"There is an exaltation that occurs that is impossible to capture. It's not just something you experience with your eyes and ears, it's something you experience with the entirety of your self," he wrote. "I've often compared being at a show to standing at the edge of a massive canyon. You can't photograph it, or film it or even explain it. It is you in the presence of something that is unexplainable, in a space and in a time."
Aside from asserting that a iPhone vid can't recreate the experience of an intimate, sweaty live show, Grainger noted that some of their work is still under construction, which is another reason they're asking people not to show the whole world what's going on.
"Some songs don't have any words yet. Some songs are like bucking rodeo horses that we can just barely hold on to. But one thing we are sure of is that the songs are sooooo fucking exciting," he continued. "So, we are asking that those of you that are coming to the shows respect the sanctity of what we are doing and to try your best to not shoot video or record audio. We are not banning your devices or asking anyone to enforce this, and we don't want you guys to get into it with other audience members. In the end, do what you want, but it is our preference to keep what we are doing on this tour between us."
Clearly people are still going to be sneaking out their contraptions to nab a little audio/visual memento, but only time will tell if the kids keep it in their private collections. Keep Death From Above 1979's wishes in mind if you're attending any of the remaining dates, which you can see below.
10/29 Peterborough, ON - Venue
10/30 London, ON - London Music Hall
11/1 Kitchener, ON - Wax Nightclub
11/2 Laval, QC - Studio Theatre
11/3 Quebec City, QC - Union Commerciale
11/4 Ottawa, ON - Ritual
11/5 Kingston, ON - Alehouse
11/7 Fredericton, NB - The Market
11/8 Moncton, NB - Oxygen
11/9 Halifax, NS - Olympic Hall
11/11 St. John's, NL - Club One