Having missed out on Pulp at Brixton Academy (Jarvis in a field in Ireland left little else to ask of this universe)… it was thusly decided my first voluntarily** attended gig at Brixton Academy was Death From Above 1979 on October 7, 2011.
That smacks of ridiculousness: The flash-in-the-pan, one-album wonder of the much lauded You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, live at IMHO the world’s greatest music venue, for £21… and it didn’t even bloody sell out. And so Sebastien Grainger & Jesse F. Keeler sprayed much sweat as they thrashed it out to Black History Month under the bright bright lights of Souff Luhndun, to a semi-populated audience. Down at the front however… sheer carnage, in which I’m proud to say I played my part.
Strictly speaking, I had seen them previously live (if only via a web stream) the weekend earlier at Austin City Limits Festival. That was nearly a year ago – ACL 2012 is just around the corner, & thanks to the wonders of livestreaming, I’ll be on youtube.com/aclfestival for a chunk of next weekend. Unfortunately the lineup leaves much to be desired (in the heavier end of the spectrum), however there’ll still be a few set highlights to tune in to: Band Of Skulls, Andrew Bird clashing with Metric (curses!), Childish Gambino, The Black Keys, & Gary Clarke Jr. (Anyone who isn’t familiar with Gary Clarke Jr needs to give Don’t Owe You A Thang a spin – balls out blues, the way it should be.)
As for Death From Above 1979, apparently there’s new material coming. However, having waited 12 years for the annually promised new Avalanches album, I’ve learned to not hold my breath. [update – f*ck yeah, here is The Physical World]
Fingers crossed I can still bust out my beloved homemade DFA 1979 tee at an upcoming gig:
[update – here are a temporarily reunited Seb & Jesse at Camden’s teeny Electric Ballroom for a pre-release gig for their 2015 Physical World tour.]
** I was involuntarily dragged to see The Polyphonic Spree at Brixton Academy in 2003 – a day for which I will remain eternally bitter.