Death From Above 1979 pay tribute to the UK during thunderous NME Awards show

Band stormed through set at London's Brixton Academy last night

Death From Above 1979 played a deafening 80-minute set for the NME Awards With Austin, Texas shows at London’s Brixton Academy last night (February 25), including a fan request in the encore.

With Sebastian Grainger hammering at his kit in white dungarees and Jesse F Keeler thrusting feedback out of his amps and tearing hell chords from his guitar, the pair delivered a thunderous show, opening with ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Right On, Frankenstein!’.

The only let-up in the onslaught came with Grainger’s between-song banter. “We’re from Toronto, Canada, one of your loyal colonies,” he said before a pulverising ‘Cheap Talk’, “we’ve still got the Queen on the money.”


The gothic grunge tones of ‘White Is Red’ provided additional relief before Jesse said “you’re way too quiet, there’s no band coming on after us so if you’re saving it up, don’t,” and the duo charged into ‘Trainwreck 1979’. From there, they stormed through an unrelenting second half including recent single ‘Government Trash’ and early favourites ‘Going Steady’ and ‘Little Girl’.

Opening the encore by paying tribute to London and the UK for its support of the band, Grainger then asked the crowd for requests, attributing gestures to each title so he could work out how many people wanted a particular song. The winner was ‘Pull Out’, after which DFA 1979 closed their set with early single ‘Romantic Rights’ and the title track from their second album, ‘The Physical World’.

DFA 1979 played:

‘Turn It Out’
‘Right On, Frankenstein!’
‘Cheap Talk’
‘You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine’
‘Go Home, Get Down’
‘White Is Red’
‘Trainwreck 1979’
‘Crystal Ball’
‘Dead Womb’
‘Going Steady’
‘Little Girl’
‘Government Trash’
‘Always On’
‘Pull Out’
‘Romantic Rights’
‘The Physical World’


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