Death From Above 1979 Planning 'Epic' New CD
Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979 will return to the studio on Sept. 1 to begin recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2004 Vice debut, “You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.”Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979 will return to the studio on Sept. 1 to begin recording the follow-up to its acclaimed 2004 Vice debut, “You're a Woman, I'm a Machine.”
“We are just writing it,” bass/synth player Jesse F. Keeler tells Billboard.com. “The new album will come out in March, but we will be done with it in December.” The group plans on releasing the first single in the U.K. in January, but isn't prepared to dish out any track titles just yet.
“I videotaped this band years ago when they played all these new songs, and I learned all the new songs from the videotape,” explains Keeler. “Then, the record came out and the dude wrote all different lyrics and titles that I didn't think were as good.”
Along with drummer and vocalist Sebastien Grainger, Keeler will lay down the tracks in his new Toronto studio MSTRKRFT, under the same guidelines as their debut. “I write the music and Sebastian writes all the vocal things -- which I have nothing to do with,” admits Keeler. “It will probably be 10 songs long and ... epic.”
In mid-October, DFA 1979 will take a brief break from recording to open 20 dates on the Nine Inch Nails/Queens Of The Stone Age tour. “We're going to play Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center and all those big famous places,” Keeler enthuses. “MSG is where Jay-Z did the 'Black Album' concert. That is major.”
After the NIN/QOTSA run, Death From Above 1979 has no plans to tour again until the March release of the new album. Keeler will also keep busy with side projects, remixing and producing songs for Norwegian electro-pop artist Annie, and fellow Canadians Buck 65 and K-OS.
“I just finished one for Juliette Lewis and the Licks. All the projects are being done in Toronto, but a lot of the stuff we do deals with labels in the UK because they are really into new things. So they are excited for us to give it to them,” he says.
Death From Above 1979 is currently touring the European festival circuit through the end of the month.