Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World | Album Review

When: 08.09.2014
Where: Warner Bros.
Like/Love: LOVE
A decade ago came a debut that never receieved it’s follow up. Death From Above 1979 came along in 2004 and dropped You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. A debut which sparked the adoration of a two piece band who used a bass and drums to craft material that delivers on heavy, heavy riffs while also making sure there’s a hint of dance to it. Tracks such as Romantic Lights, Black History Month, Little Girl easily fit that criteria by being both punchy and dancey to create one of the most hip-moving moshpits ever made, while closing track Sexy Results definitely revealed the band’s like for the groovier side of their sound.
Ten years and a Royal Blood later Death From Above 1979 return with their second album The Physical World. The album opens with Cheap Talk, which immediately brings us back to 2004 and suitably satisfies our need for more DFA with it’s disco drum beats and heavy thumps of the bass guitar. DFA1979 allow the track to expand into almost Klaxons-levels of heaviness as the bass guitar and slight appearances from synths merge to form one chaotic wall of noise that really sits well with us. It’s awesome, and an extremely strong return to music.
What was so great about You’re A Woman…is how Death From Above 1979 weren’t afraid to keep the record constantly pushing and pushing against the speakers in terms of intensity. The tracks kept being heavy, the vocals kept being painfully pushed and it didn’t ever so signs of slowing down. The Physical World follows suit as Right On, Frankenstein! Keeps the momentum going with more pummeling riffs and even more delightful hooks that keeps everything flowing nicely and in the most dance-punk way possible.
Being ten years away from the picture gives a lot of outside-the-box perspective for the band as they dabble with talking about the state of the music industry of today as well as the need for people to live rather than just exist. Always On reveals the band’s experience of being in the spotlight whereas White Is Red reveals pained vocals that stem from heartbreak instead of passion. It shows that ten years and having families instead of “just a band” has matured the two members and it makes The Physical World the best sequel we could have asked for.
The duo released two tracks before the release of The Physical World. Trainwreck 1979 bares another Klaxons comparision with it’s ooohoohohooh chorus that usually wouldn’t be expected from a DFA 1979 record, but it does add a little friendliness to the sound. Lead track Government Trash could have easily found it’s way on the debut with it’s quick paced, catchy riff and it’s passionate vocal delivery. This track explodes into many riff-tastic moments that tear through the airways and absolutely destroys the ten year gap between the two albums, and it just sounds awesome.
The Physical World is a great follow up to what is a highly praised record and is just a great album on it’s own. Death From Above 1979 have definitely still got what it takes to play some truly heavy stuff, and have still kept their groove. This is a great album, and well, I feel satisfied with this new set of material. For more music reviews, free downloads and heavy ass grooves check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.
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