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21 May 2021

Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979

appears on The Physical World (2014)

Death From Above 1979 is absolutely ridiculous. It’s two freakin’ people, dude, but they put out banger after banger, powered by driving bass riffs, entrancing drum beats, syncopating their way into my brain, and piercing, powerful, twin vocals from Canadians Jesse F. Keeler (bass and backing vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (drums and lead vocals). I’ve played drums, in a crappy little punk band even, and that Sebastien can play and sing as well as he does is an absolute marvel, completely insane. And he does it live, it’s nuts. They’ve put out four albums, and they’re all great, but we’re talking about Trainwreck 1979. Though I also want to mention that they changed their name in response to a cease and desist letter and only added the legally required number of numerals to keep the Death From Above part of their name, and I think that’s hysterical.

You can’t help but at least nod your head to Trainwreck 1979, the song beats like a heart, and the action of the song rises and falls, trailing piano notes leading into vocal loops and driving bass guitar. Jesse puts the guitar back in bass guitar, going far beyond single note bass lines, pumping out hooks that pull you in and grip you. Trainwreck 1979 sucks you in and gets you moving, an absolute blast of a song.

Posted by Mike "Banned in Five Countries" Hardcore

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