DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 + HUSTLE AND DRONE + WHITE MYSTERY @ THE REGENT
Photos and words by Debi Del Grande
When Death from Above 1979 reunited at Coachella in 2011, we had no idea if a second album was in the works or the reunion would really last. With Jesse F. Keeler (bass/synths/backing vox) in MSTRKRFT and Sebastien Grainger (drums/vox) in Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains, the guys seemed to be in completely different music worlds. But thankfully, they wanted to make more music together and The Physical World was born in September of this year.
DFA 1979 debuted these new songs at The Troubadour a few months ago, but returned for the Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in LA installment no. 14. Held at the newly designed Regent in Downtown LA, the sold out show was a dance-punk thrill ride, with many highs and just a few lows. The Regent has a nice slanted floor with two levels of balconies for good viewing (and safety). With the mighty Keeler holding his bass low and in a wide, open-legged stance and Grainger a force at his drums and belting out vox at the same time, minds were lost and bodies were everywhere. The duo can produce a sound that is so loud, so good, so powerful. Yet, Grainger’s vocals were drowned out in many of the songs, whereas they are usually clear. There was a mixture of drunk thrash moshers, fans who wanted to dance hard and some that stayed near the walls or up in the balconies to get a view of everything that was going down. DFA 1979 played a solid set from both albums, just making the crowd want more.
Their recent documentary, Life After Death from Above 1979, is a good insight into what happened with the pair.
Two distinctly different bands, Hustle and Drone and White Mystery, brought people down to the floor to start moving before the craziness commenced.