Fans of Toronto’s Death From Above 1979 require certain personality traits, and given the 10 year break between albums I think it’s safe to say patience is at the top of the list. Luckily, there is no room for disappointment with their sophomore release, The Physical World, and as a fan I can say it doesn’t disappoint.
Much like their debut, The Physical World packs a 35 minute punch of hammering bass, gritty synths and explosive drums as only Death From Above 1979 can do it. The record opens with “Cheap Talk,” and as the silence breaks into that trademark distortion and pummelling drumbeat you know exactly who you’re listening to. For me, the standout track of the album is the more subdued “White is Red”, creating a moody melodic atmosphere that marks a sound evolution for the duo. But not to worry; the boys haven’t gone soft on us, as illustrated by the next track and first single, “Trainwreck 1979,” that hits you with a bass line that’s sure to convert any non-believer.
The thought I’m left with while listening to this record is, “I cannot wait to hear this live!”. Luckily, Death From Above 1979 are about to embark on a tour this fall which includes an Atlanta stop at the Buckhead Theatre on November 3rd. I will be there, and I apologize in advance if we end up trashing the place together.
– Nora Artinian
Nora Artinian is an Armenian-Canadian living in the south. With a background in Film and Marketing, she is equal parts creative spirit and strategic thinker. Though she can’t play a note to save her life, Nora’s love of travel, music and photography have taken her to festivals across North America. Mention her favorite film “The Big Lebowski” and you’ve got a friend for life.