10 years ago a pair of hairy men decided to make a record that was full of noisy dance- punk songs. The band was called ‘Death From Above 1979’ and the record was called ‘You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine’ and over the 10 years it gathered a cult following as the record contained near perfect garage/noise rock. Now they’re back in a time where so much has happened in the music world. The world has seen dance music become the leading genre in the music industry as well as the reappearance of boy bands and girl bands in pop music. Music streaming has taken over and album sales have fallen to an all time low. The world outside of music has changed too, with the rise of social networking and the way that people connect with each other. So after all that time DFA 1979 have decided to come back and release an album that reflects on all of these things.
The crazy thing about this album is that it feels as potent as their debut did 10 years ago, yet they really haven’t changed their style all that much. They’re really just doing the same thing that they did before in that they’re trying to insert a bit of ferocity and urgency into rock music as Royal Blood are doing right now. Right from the opening track ‘Cheap Talk’ you can here the grumble of that deep electric guitar as it then drops into this funky riff sounding similar to some of the early stuff ’LCD Soundsystem’ put out, but with far more grit. It sounds like classic DFA 1979. For a band that broke up because of musical differences they still have a ridiculous amount of chemistry. They have the ability to completely go off and tear up their instruments, but sound completely in control such as at the end of the song ‘Right On, Frankenstein!’. Melodically in general they seem to be trying to show everyone how much fun hard rock can be, such as on the lead single ‘Trainwreck 1979’ which has one of the best choruses they’ve ever done.
Lyrically they sound much more unhappy compared to before. Like the world they’ve come back to is much different than the one that they left. On the song ‘Always On’ they sing about how they think Kurt Cobain would react in the modern world with the lyric ‘If we brought Kurt back, there’s no way he would survive, no way not a day’ which genuinely sums up what DFA 1979 are trying to achieve with this album. They’re not happy that we seem to have forgotten what we have in the ‘Physical World’ and that we’ve dug ourselves a whole that we’ll never be able to get out of.
DFA 1979 have created a record that feels more needed than their debut did and with a message much more clear. Put down your phones, go out, have some fun, because that’s what this album is. Fun.