UPDATE: The song has been added to YouTube, available below.
As Zane Lowe pointed out on his BBC1 show last night, introducing “Trainwreck 1979” the first new music from Death From Above 1979’s since their influential 2004 record You’re a Woman I’m a Machine the band made a huge splash at the time, the Toronto duo might not have crossed-over into the mainstream, but they still cast a heavy shadow to this day. (Consider all the 100s of blogs posting a link to the radio program today as evidence). “Commercially it didn’t necessarily achieve success, a la, you know, the pop stuff,” he said. “But its influence and the mark that it’s made on music, and many who went on to form bands, is immeasurable.”
Maybe a tad overstated, but man, this band, they were something else. I had the good fortune to see them in a jam-packed, so hot the walls were sweating show at Middle East Downstairs around then, and I can slide right back into the moment easily, unlike the other thousands of shows that have been lost to me the years from self-abuse-induced memory loss.
“Trainwreck 1979” wouldn’t sound out of place on their formative record. The bass is still pulling double duty as lead and foundation, and the drums, unlike in many bands where they are a rhythmic afterthought, have a personality of their own. You can hear it here by forwarding to the 1:52 mark. Then listen again as he plays it twice in a row.
The band, who’ve been playing shows over the past few years, will release The Physical World in September.
“The goodwill of reuniting doesn’t sustain you,” drummer Sebastien Grainger told NME. “People wanted more music and we wanted to provide it for them…It was that same, ‘Oh yeah, he writes these great riffs that I can write songs over’ feeling.”