Death From Above 1979 have said they still “want to be the AC/DC of hardcore”.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Sebastien Grainger of the reformed duo spoke about the band’s aims when they started out. “We wanted to be as straight ahead as possible,” he commented. “We wanted to be the AC/DC of hardcore. That’s still one of our goals.”
The band will release their new album, ‘The Physical World’, on September 8, just less than a decade after their debut and three years since reforming in 2011. In a track-by- track guide in this week’s magazine, Grainger discusses ‘Always On’, which is about modern technology, how phones and Twitter mean “no-one can get away from anything anymore”. He added: “People ask: ‘What would Kurt Cobain do if he were alive today? He’d blow his head off.”
He also explains that the song ‘White Is Red’ references both Sonic Youth and Bruce Springsteen. “It’s a bit Springsteen because it’s a wandering ballad and a car song. Jesse [F Keeler]’s riff totally sounded like Sonic Youth when he first played it.”
Grainger says that the song ‘Crystal Ball’ was written at a soundcheck in Manchester and the working title of the song was ‘Manchester’ for a long time.
The band’s live plans begin at Toronto’s Riot Fest on September 6/7, but their tour proper begins in Europe in October and includes three dates in the UK.
Death From Above 1979 will play:
London Electric Ballroom (October 20)
Manchester Gorilla (21)
Glasgow The Garage (22)