A full decade after their acclaimed debut album, Canadian noise-rockers Death From Above 1979 are finally returning with a new studio LP. The Physical World, produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses, Wolfmother), will be released September 9th on Warner Bros. and Last Gang Records.
In a new interview with NME, drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger says the duo (which also includes bassist-keyboardist Jesse F. Keeler) are ready to get the album out into the world – partly because fans and journalists have pestered the band about it since their first release, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine.
“No matter what Jesse and I do, on whatever scale of success it’s sat on, there’s always some kind of reference to Death From Above,” Grainger says. “It’s only frustrating because it’s so lazy. So we’re putting out a Death From Above record and if the press is like, ‘It’s not what we expected,’ or however they react to it, it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve been fucking asking for it.'”
Grainger also adds that the new album is crucial because “it will permit us to go play the shows we want to play, and it gives us the freedom to what we want.”
It’s been a long and winding road to The Physical World. After finding acclaim with their debut, the duo broke up in 2006. They then reunited in 2011 and have played a number of live shows in the past few years, workshopping new material on stage. However, the seeds of their new album date back to 2005 – when the band told Rolling Stone that they’d started writing material for a follow-up, though it’s unclear if any of those songs will appear on the new LP.
“We’re a lot better at what we do, and what’s going to be different on the next record is, now that I’ve got your attention, I can do what I want to do,” Keeler said at the time. “The last record we made was like [Radiohead’s] Pablo Honey, and this one will be more like Kid A.”
In the meantime until September, fans can check out teaser soundbites on the band’s official website.