Posted February 22, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes

Death From Above 1979 Delivers Love Song as Only It Can

Death from Above 1979
Death from Above 1979

Death From Above 1979 (DFA), the hard rocking duo Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, just returned with a brand new single, “One + One,” a driving number that has a Queens of the Stone Age feel to it.

“One + One” is the first taste of new music since the band’s 2017 release Outrage! Is Now.

“‘One + One’ is a love song,” says Grainger in a press release. “It’s the karmic sequel to ‘Romantic Rights.’ My wife, Eva, became pregnant not long after we started working on the song, and after hearing an early version she said, ‘I wish this song was dancier.’ So I went back into the studio and re-worked the drums. As the record was taking shape, every time I would come home from the studio, the baby would start dancing in Eva’s belly. Even before I walked in the room, the party would start. One plus one is three — that’s magic!”

Created as a collage of disparate frames and moments inspired by the photography of artist David Hockney, the video was shot in Marmora, Ontario, and directed by Eva Michon, who also helmed the band’s documentary Life After Death from Above 1979

“Since we started playing, people would come up to the stage and after and say, ‘I can’t believe there’s just two of you,'” explains Grainger. “The video for ‘One + One’ is Eva’s way of showing that our band is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s Death From Above 1979 in multitudes.” 

The band’s fourth LP, Is 4 Lovers, comes out March 26. It is available for pre-order here.

The new album, which Grainger and Keeler wrote, produced, mastered and recorded entirely by themselves, captures the creation of a totally new sound and a reimagining of the format they created more than 20 years ago.  

Not that this should come as a a surprise. Earlier this year, fans were invited to call a hotline, where the lyrics of “One + One” were recited in a dramatic reading by Keeler.

An exclusive line of DFA merch, including a limited edition autographed vinyl that is exclusively available only on the DFA store just launched and is available here