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Death From Above 1979

Death From Above 1979: You're A Woman, I'm A MachineYou're A Woman, I'm A Machine (2004)
Vice Records

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With one of the few absolutely essential records of the year, Death From Above 1979 step around and over the lines drawn in the indie sand with a sound and style that fits nowhere but can be appreciated everywhere. You're A Woman, I'm A Machine hits the sweet spot between that time-tested garag.
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With one of the few absolutely essential records of the year, Death From Above 1979 step around and over the lines drawn in the indie sand with a sound and style that fits nowhere but can be appreciated everywhere. You're A Woman, I'm A Machine hits the sweet spot between that time-tested garage swagger and genre-shattering originality. Here you have the gritty toughness of a buzzsaw blues riff coupled with the shameless sexuality of a danceable post-punk beat. The soundscape painted is dense and busy with a heavy low end yet is at the same time fluid and quickly moving, a pairing that gives You're A Woman, I'm A Machine some of the sharpest hooks and most infectious songs of any record this year.

The most remarkable thing is that this is all from a two-piece! That fact alone must shock those that have experienced DFA'79 as faceless audio alone, for the band sounds absolutely huge on record. Furthermore, there's nary a proper guitarist in sight. Death From Above is two members of Toronto hardcore band Femme Fatale, although as this record continues to blow up that's looking more and more like an unimportant footnote. Drummer Sebastien Grainger takes on vocal duties while Jesse Keeler doubles on bass and synth as needed. Keeler's playing is commendable in that, through a wall of distortion, he gives an instrument so often resigned to the background remarkable prominence. The instrumentation has far more life and energy than it seems on paper and gives Death From Above an unmistakable sound.

You're A Woman, I'm A Machine is a collection of break-up songs seen through a bitter, aggressive and overtly sexual filter. "Turn It Out" kicks the album off with a heavy cacophonous stomp, instantly laying the sonic groundwork for what's to come. The following single "Romantic Rights" likewise cements the lyrical themes and shows off just how effective the band's deep and danceable grooves can be. Punk energy permeates "Blood On Our Hands" with Grainger's soaring vocals in the chorus cementing it as one of the album's best cuts. The band's hardcore roots also show through on the title track, which pushes Keeler's playing to an impressive speed. Yet it's in the combination of the aggro moments and downright funky jams that make the record something special. The last two tracks are a perfect example: the lunatic screaming and chaotic song structure of the sleazy "Pull Out" should win over Blood Brothers fans in a second while the album-closing "Sexy Results" features more ass-shaking rhythm than most so-called "dance punk" bands could ever muster. Hell, it even rocks the cowbell for good measure.

They don't make `em with this much personality anymore. Death From Above 1979 do something shockingly out of character for this decade by writing music that's hook filled and accessible yet clearly unique and accomplished. That highbrow indie publications can debate the depths of Grainger's damaged love while at the same time normal folk can just ignore it and dance is a marvel in itself.

 

 
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hessler (January 10, 2011)

aweome

viper77 (September 2, 2007)

too bad i never got to see them....this is a rather good album!!

manifesto (August 6, 2006)

"#2 You may be deaf, 180 Degrees is a ska song..."

I know that one's ska and not the other. But don't tell me you didn't notice that there's at least a fucking obvious similarity between the intros of both songs.

chickswithdicks (August 5, 2006)

"Posted by manifesto on 2004-12-29 21:10:19
My Score:

"Did anyone ever notice that the NOFX song "Quart in Session" and "Franco-Unamerican" sound EXACTLY THE SAME! even with the stupid lil breakdown at the end."

Yeah I noticed that too. And I always thought the intro to "Take Two Placebos And Call Me Lame" and "180 Degrees" sounded similar in a way, but it's not as apparent as the two songs you mentionned. They're still all great song. But this is completely off topic... Just got "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" and it fuckin' rocks! And I wanna know exactly where these guys come from since the reviewers over the net eighter say they're from Montreal or Toronto."


#1 They're from Toronto.
#2 You may be deaf, 180 Degrees is a ska song...
#3 I never really could get into this band, and now they're gone. At least they were better than MSTRKRFT.

ManArmMelissa (July 2, 2006)

I love this band with all my heart.
I'm going to marry Sebastian, psh I already have 4 of his children.
This album makes me smile so quickly.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

great album...
and if anyone here thinks it sucks, pick up a bass and try to play this yourself, i guarantee you your fingers will be bloody and blistered.

stricken (September 28, 2005)

just picked it up..

definately one of the best of 04

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

Local H is better.

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

this cd totaly kix ass hu nu so little people could make so much noise? its a kick ass cd if u dont have it go out and by it by the way to the moron that said it was "surreal art" they wanted people to think that there was an elephant in the room when they listened to the cd its on the fucking web site

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

hey morons over half of u guys are talking about sumthing totaly off topic isnt there a fucking chat room on this site

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

hey morons over half of u guys are talking about sumthing totaly off topic isnt there a fucking chant room on this site

manifesto (December 29, 2004)

"Did anyone ever notice that the NOFX song "Quart in Session" and "Franco-Unamerican" sound EXACTLY THE SAME! even with the stupid lil breakdown at the end."

Yeah I noticed that too. And I always thought the intro to "Take Two Placebos And Call Me Lame" and "180 Degrees" sounded similar in a way, but it's not as apparent as the two songs you mentionned. They're still all great song. But this is completely off topic... Just got "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" and it fuckin' rocks! And I wanna know exactly where these guys come from since the reviewers over the net eighter say they're from Montreal or Toronto.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

" This band is cool, they and LB are really NOTHING alike, though. "

yeah, two bands with only a bass player and a drummer who play loud, noisy, fast rock really have NOTHING in common.

the only difference is Lightning Bolt is noisier and more experimental while DFA is more conventional. i'm a fan of both bands but i just had to point that out because you always seem to say everything contrary to the crowd for no reason other than to be contrary. very punk.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

great album. i hope to see more of them

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

"Local H is still better eh."

i agree, you high-fiving motherfucker.

Not-To-Regret (December 20, 2004)

Local H is still better eh.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

Did anyone ever notice that the NOFX song "Quart in Session" and "Franco-Unamerican" sound EXACTLY THE SAME! even with the stupid lil breakdown at the end.

Anonymous (December 20, 2004)

This is a good album, but its no Hazen Street

Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

This is a good album, but just good. I don't really like the singer's voice and the lyrics aren't anything special and it's go go go the whole way through, but it's still good. I don't know why.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

In Canada these guys are on the top forty MTV video countdown. I'm not kidding. They're egos have gone from non-existant to rock star in a period of six months. I saw them a little while ago and was severely dissappointed with their live show, especially when they started arguing with some audience members. Heads Up! was awesome... this album... Overplayed and over-promoted.

stevejonestherealbones (December 17, 2004)

"Haven't really heard the full album yet, but Black History Month is going on all my near-future mixtapes."

you can stream the whole album at their website

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

Haven't really heard the full album yet, but Black History Month is going on all my near-future mixtapes.

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

I love to breed with animals. Particularly horses---only they can satisfy my need for a large cock.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

i have the misfortune of knowing jon the skafather from other boards and mailing lists, and he is the biggest retard i've ever met. i love how he throws around pretention like he knows what it is, but get him talking about himself and his own musical abilities and watch his ego soar. i love the, "my voice sounds like a good mix of aaron barrett, fat mike and brad from sublime" shit. funny for a guy who kinda looks like the dude from napoleon dynamite.

fyi, jon, they've been using the illustration of them with elephant trunks since they first started. a different version of it was on the cover of their first 7". keep in mind the band is from canada, then try to recall the "great white north" skit from sctv, or the movie based on it, "strange brew." i'm sure you can put two and two together.

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

"I respect Hatebreed's musical ability. I used to despise them, then I saw them at Krazyfest and was quite impressed. I don't put a lot of stock into their "message", but at least they don't seem fake, artsy-fartsy and pretentious."

The ability to play barr chords really fast comes within the first month or two of picking up a guitar, if you approach it with that attitude.

Really, I think Hatebreed suck on every level... Asshole attitudes, shitty thrash music, etc. They just endorse the whole "gangsta hardcore" trip, and I think that's a lot of BS. It's as dumb as indie hipsters.

-BSD

Not-To-Regret (December 17, 2004)

Local H is better.

sickboi (December 17, 2004)

I respect Hatebreed's musical ability. I used to despise them, then I saw them at Krazyfest and was quite impressed. I don't put a lot of stock into their "message", but at least they don't seem fake, artsy-fartsy and pretentious.

stevejonestherealbones (December 17, 2004)

"Jonesy is just pissed because his republican ass can't own slaves anymore.

-ken"

i'm not a republican. and i would think democrats are the ones who would still want slavery...most likely not blacks as slaves, but i would think making other people do your work is right up a democrat's alley. i wouldnt be surprised if dems started a system in which white people had to serve slave terms.

- jonesy

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

"i guess to each fag his own "

Jonesy is just pissed because his republican ass can't own slaves anymore.

-ken

swingline (December 17, 2004)

"You have no idea what surrealism is, do you?"

i don't really want to explain it to you because apparently you have no idea.
why don't you go view some paintings by dali and masson. while you're at it you can think of how stupid you are then attempt to kill yourself in a fashionable manner.

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

"elephant trunks do not grow on human faces in the real world. to prove that, i will point to heath of midtown. he does not have an elephant trunk, despite what is portrayed on this album cover. so yes, i also find it surreal. and since it's a painting of some sort... that's more than likely considered art by definition. you cock sucking vampire."

You have no idea what surrealism is, do you?

stevejonestherealbones (December 17, 2004)

so i guess jon the skafather and swingline would rather have a cover art of them drinking beer or looking cool in chick jeans or sucking vampire cock.
i guess to each fag his own

- jones the bones

swingline (December 17, 2004)

"are you talking about them putting elephant trunks on themselves on the cover? you find that surreal and artsy?"

elephant trunks do not grow on human faces in the real world. to prove that, i will point to heath of midtown. he does not have an elephant trunk, despite what is portrayed on this album cover. so yes, i also find it surreal. and since it's a painting of some sort... that's more than likely considered art by definition. you cock sucking vampire.

stevejonestherealbones (December 16, 2004)

"so i have to ask......what's with all the surreal artwork that has jackshit to do with the title?

does the band have some title they think is artsy and cool and decide to find an equally obscure piece of art that has nothing to do with the actual title?

surrealism is annoying when done with such pretention."

are you talking about them putting elephant trunks on themselves on the cover? you find that surreal and artsy?

-jones

Anonymous (December 16, 2004)

Sickboi respects Hatebreed... Which, good or bad, explains where he's coming from.

-BSD

jon_the_skafather (December 16, 2004)

so i have to ask......what's with all the surreal artwork that has jackshit to do with the title?

does the band have some title they think is artsy and cool and decide to find an equally obscure piece of art that has nothing to do with the actual title?

surrealism is annoying when done with such pretention.

adam (December 16, 2004)

Sickboi I don't fully understand your hate for this band, sure there are dancy moments, but it's far more of just a good rhythm made by real instruments than the Rapture-!!!-disco-thing. This is really just a rock record.

-adam

sickboi (December 16, 2004)

"shameless sexuality of a danceable post-punk beat"?!?!?!?!

Man, I remember when Adam used to review records that rocked.

BW, doesn't the drummer date the Osbourne heffer?

Anonymous (December 16, 2004)

Death From Above 1979 is some pretty hot shit, but not as hot as the new EXCLUSIVE Yellowcard song now being featured! You can download this EXCLUSIVE song for only $5,99, as well as some other songs from other awesome underground bands as part as the "hardcore punk" edition of AP's MixTate.

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Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

This band is cool, they and LB are really NOTHING alike, though.

Check out this:
http://home.earthlink.net/~ianef/jingle_trailer_1.html

-BSD

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

Death From Above 1979 is some pretty hot shit. You can download one of their songs for free, as well as some other songs from other awesome bands as part as the first edition sayRAH.net mixtape.

www.sayrah.net

adam (December 15, 2004)

"Adam: We're not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't like based on labels.

Anonymous: If that was truly true, you wouldn't have label icons, now would you?"

IWe're not going to hide facts from you either. Again, it's your decision what labels to support, not ours.

-adam

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

"yo have you seen that video of LIghtning bolt where the drummer is hanging upside by his calves on the rafters over his drumset? then he drops down onto his throne with out ever missing a beat and keeps playing. I want to see this band sooooo fucking bad. Wish i still had that video...."

i'm dying to see them too, i hear it's absolutley painfully loud though. also, who sings in the band (LB), the drummer or the bassist? i think i read somewhere that he sings with the mic in his mouth. it fucking sounds like it. anyway, awesome band.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

if the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Lightning Bolt had a child, it would be DFA'79.

that's about accurate.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

I was kind of disappointed by this album. I really enjoyed the EP, but this just seemed to lack energy. The recording kind of sounds muddy. THe songs sounded like they were pretty well written, but I was having to strain my ears to understand or fully hear the vocals at some points. I wouldn't say this album is essential. Just fun.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

"We're not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't like based on labels."
adam

If that was truly true, you wouldn't have label icons, now would you?

blinkrules (December 15, 2004)

this score is for France

adam (December 15, 2004)

Shameless plug for the ongoing Vice Records contest featuring Death From Above 1979, Panthers and Vietnam:

http://www.punknews.org/article.php?sid=11050&mode=ne sted&order=0

xmidipunkbastardx (December 15, 2004)

i like the mp3s.
and i want this record sooo bad

SteveJonesTheRealBones (December 15, 2004)

god damn, alot of these comments make me want to fuck you people......pussies

- jones the bones

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

This cd is pink

Anchors (December 15, 2004)

I have a fever, and...

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

this band is pussy incarnate.

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

As far as two people go, I'll take White Stripes any day.

littleblackridinghood (December 15, 2004)

oh, and there is just fucking nothing in common between death from above and arcade fire. i can hardly thinks of two bands that are more different in rock music. the singer of arcade fire was a religion major at my school, death from above has a song chorus that consists of "Push In, Push In, Push In, Push In, Pull Out, Pull Out, Pull Out, Pull Out," do the fucking math

swingline (December 15, 2004)

the blue man group?

kenjamin (December 15, 2004)

yo have you seen that video of LIghtning bolt where the drummer is hanging upside by his calves on the rafters over his drumset? then he drops down onto his throne with out ever missing a beat and keeps playing. I want to see this band sooooo fucking bad. Wish i still had that video....

Anonymous (December 15, 2004)

Lightning Bolt are amazing, and i like DFA1979 a lot too, but the only similarity between the two is that they both have only two people in the band, thats it, the music is completely different.

adam (December 15, 2004)

"Funny how the major label icon disappears in certain instances..."

There's no conspiracy here, DFA's on Last Gang Records in Canada and Vice in the US. Vice is distributed through Atlantic, but that's really not a secret.

There isn't one sole major label icon we use to label all major label bands, there's one for each of the four majors. If any of the sublabels or imprints of those majors requests their own icon (like Island did) we'll give them one.

We're not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't like based on labels. That's for you to decide. We're are however going to treat the indies and majors fairly in that if they have enough news to warrant a topic, they can have one. I'll leave the silly politics on which labels have "cred" to the schoolyard.

-adam

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

"What can I say Barkley... don't let the bastards grind you down.

-adam"

I love the Toasters!

But back on topic, there will always be assholes who like the same music as you, get over it.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Funny how the major label icon disappears in certain instances...

maverick (December 14, 2004)

This record is totally sweet.

-Scott

adam (December 14, 2004)

What can I say Barkley... don't let the bastards grind you down.

-adam

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Sorry these kids I know ACTUALLY have a handbook on how to be "scene" I'm not joking, they love this stuff/arcade fire/broken social scene. Some pilon was preaching about the fact that I should just like the music because its good. Its sad but I just can't enjoy it when I know that these kids who I just can't respect like it.

Barkley

swingline (December 14, 2004)

hey the guy to the right on the album cover looks like that yetti from midtown. i think his names heath.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

someone mentioned lightning bolt, and its odd because i just read an article about Lightning Bolt in SPIN and they described a two piece with singing drummer/bass player, i havent heard either band but just thought this was an odd coincidence

adam (December 14, 2004)

"I worry about bands that resolve legal issues with their names by adding a location or a year. I mean, this is art - right? What does it say about their artistic integrity if they can't even come up with an original name?"

Yeah but this argument goes both ways. If the band wasn't consciously stealing the similar name, then the name DID fit their artistic vision. So if it did, changing it because someone else is trying to protect their own brand would also be compromising artistic integrity.

-adam

littleblackridinghood (December 14, 2004)

honestly you fuckers, its easy to dismiss an overly-kind review of a record as hype, but have you forgotten that once upon a time, people actually enjoyed listening to records? and not just so they could impress their friends with conveniently-timed name drops.

you fuckers should be ashamed of yourselves because your actions and your thinking is what is killing/has killed rock and roll.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

I worry about bands that resolve legal issues with their names by adding a location or a year. I mean, this is art - right? What does it say about their artistic integrity if they can't even come up with an original name?

gladimnotemo (December 14, 2004)

I bought this for a friend in Toronto, thinking it was some hip indie nonsense...and then I found out after I left that it's fantastic. Great stuff.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

i guess i should've picked this up when i saw it in the used bin days after it was released....

kenjamin (December 14, 2004)

Have you heard lightnging bolt? Similar to this i'd say but more noise/chaos and less vocals. They're another awesome two-piece from Providence. Shit the drummer's stage acrobatics are insane.

adam (December 14, 2004)

Chinatown: Well I'd consider "fairly standard indie rock" generally on the more cerebral and complex end of the spectrum, and Arcade Fire certainly errs more on the side of lush artistic arrangements that I see as appealing to the "highbrow" crowd. I'm not saying that's the best definition of them at all, I'm just saying that compared to the style DFA'79's playing, the Arcade Fire is the more highbrow band (and I like the Arcade Fire, so don't get me wrong, I didn't even first bring them up in this conversation).

-Adam

Anchors (December 14, 2004)

The review convinced me to pick up a copy of this.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Arcade Fire is hardly highbrow. Have you actually listened to "Funeral," Adam? Its arrangements are fairly standard indie rock.

-Chinatown

adam (December 14, 2004)

pretentiousness? How, my friend, did you reach that conclusion? This isn't high brow indie stuff like The Arcade Fire or Broken Social Scene, it's sleazy hard rock about sex and love.

-adam

yellowtrash (December 14, 2004)

I haven't heard this album, but I wasn't impressed by their other releases. It just sounds like regular rock songs.

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

err this is treading Arcade Fire territory for pretentiousness, shit guy I know that I should love these Canucks but I'm still not feelin' it, I REALLY felt the VICE release of Montreal's the Stills.

Barkley

SteveJonesTheRealBones (December 14, 2004)

and i meant that in a totally non gay way

anyway, chinatown, you live such a life of excitement, i cant believe there is anything out there that wouldnt bore you

- jones the bones

adam (December 14, 2004)

"It just seems rather pointless to those who frequent this site, but I guess this helps for those who don't."

You assume that the majority of the readers keep up on what's happening in the various comment areas, and that's not really true.

-adam

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

I'm sorry, but I heard their first single, and it bored me.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

"So instead of writing one review that says what I want it to say, I should direct people to a few months worth of comments and articles located at random locations across the archives, so that they can comb them for clues and formulate what my opinion like a detective?

That's an idea I guess...

-adam"

It just seems rather pointless to those who frequent this site, but I guess this helps for those who don't.

colossalbandit (December 14, 2004)

I posted a review for the Facing New York EP, where the hell is it on this site? I thouht it was a pretty good review

SteveJonesTheRealBones (December 14, 2004)

hey adam,

i jack off to these guys too.

these guys are hot

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

bencarter (December 14, 2004)

I agree, these guys are the coolest

ZDP (December 14, 2004)

This album is straight up dirty, and one of my favorites of the year. Their EP is really good as well.

adam (December 14, 2004)

So instead of writing one review that says what I want it to say, I should direct people to a few months worth of comments and articles located at random locations across the archives, so that they can comb them for clues and formulate what my opinion like a detective?

That's an idea I guess...

-adam

Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Doesn't this seem a little redundant after you copious amounts of praise from your past posts?

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