DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 RELEASE THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM IS 4 LOVERS
FEATURING DANCE-PUNK INFUSED SINGLE “ONE + ONE”
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“Kicking hard with wave after wave of sonic layering, yet hard rock at it’s heart… Is 4 Lovers uses breakbeats, vocal effects and synth surroundings to constantly drive an album of unrelenting energy and surprise.” - NARC Magazine (5/5)
"The dance-punks are older, wiser and more romantic than ever before, as brilliant new album 'Is 4 Lovers' – inspired by friendship and fatherhood – proves." - NME
“...a band the world is very lucky to have.” - CLASH
26 MARCH 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, Death From Above 1979 (DFA), made up of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, released their highly anticipated fourth studio album Is 4 Lovers via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The album is comprised of 10 tracks, including the dance-punk infused lead single “One + One”.
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In 2019, the pair locked themselves away for several weeks in a single room basement in Los Angeles’s Highland Park to see what would happen and eventually emerged with the purest distillation yet of the power, precision and nuanced personality at the heart of DFA’s unique and influential vision. Written, recorded, produced and mastered by the duo, their fourth album was born.
On the new album, Grainger says: “This is a record of real moments. Nothing is over-baked. There was no-one to tell us to fix anything, so we didn’t.”
This time around, on DFA’s altogether perfect-for-the-moment fourth LP, Is 4 Lovers, the overriding credo driving the two-decade-long musical partnership was simply, fun.
Part of the fun of the album is unpacking all of its unexpected discoveries with unmistakably DFA-esque cuts - like the first single “One + One” and the searing anti-tech screed “Totally Wiped Out”. Listen for a giddily outraged two-part suite taking down the “NYC Power Elite”, separating the unintentional A and B side of the album, a world-weary anti-war anthem “No War” and, in the opening track “Modern Guy,” a cyber-metal riff-monster.
DFA has never sounded more assuredly like itself than it does on Is 4 Lovers.
- Modern Guy
- One + One
- Free Animal
- N.Y.C. Power Elite Part I
- N.Y.C. Power Elite Part II
- Totally Wiped Out
- Glass Homes
- Love Letter
- Mean Streets
- No War
About Death From Above 1979 (DFA)
Death From Above 1979 (DFA), the boundary pushing musical alliance created by Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, roared out of Toronto with the uncompromising one-two punch of 2002’s fuzz-bomb EP Heads Up and 2004’s epochal debut album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, complete with a North American arena tour with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, before deciding mid-tour to part ways due to the strain of constantly touring.
Almost a decade later, the rekindled DFA fireworks lit stages around the world a blaze - amassing a posse of fans so passionate they incited a genuine, barricade-smashing riot at Austin’s Beauty Bar at the 2011 South by Southwest festival. Playing Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading / Leeds, Osheaga, Lowlands and more, DFA continued to take the world by storm. Their second album, The Physical World (2014) took a No. 3 spot on the Canadian Billboard album chart and peaked at No. 28 on the U.S. Hot 200, not to mention No. 3 and No. 7 spots on Billboard’s Top Alternative and Top Rock registries, respectively. TV appearances around their first two albums on iconic late-night shows including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon showed a whole new audience the DFA live goods.
Arriving at No. 20 on the Canadian Billboard album chart, DFA’s scorching 2017 outing, Outrage! Is Now prompted Pitchfork to remark that “Death From Above now sounds more vital than ever.” With three smashing albums to their name, the duo drummed up an easy 10 million views before going silent once more, to the dismay of fans.
Now, DFA is back with the return of their new album, Is 4 Lovers - once again creating a new sound and reimagining the format they created more than 20 years ago.