Garage rockers Death From Above 1979 are releasing a live album this Friday (April 22nd) that was recorded at Jack White‘s Third Man Records studio in Nashville. Titled Live At Third Man Records, the set was recorded last summer and features cuts from both the band’s 2014 comeback effort, The Physical World, as well as their 2004 debut disc, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine.
- Death From Above 1979 broke up in 2006, but reformed in 2011 and began playing live once more.
- Drummer and singer Sebastien Grainger told us at the time that playing live inspired the pair to make new music again: [“For me, I really didn’t start thinking about doing anything new until we were playing our own shows. Like, you know, we did a few festival gigs and the response was great, but we really got a sense of who our audience was when we headlined. That was really when we got the reality check that this band is still exciting to people. That was what started motivating me to want to make it a living band.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . a living band.)
- Regarding the recording of the new live album, the band said in a statement, “We’ve always been wary of live recording experiences because they can end up so sterile and flat sounding and they hardly ever translate the feeling of the actual show . . . If there is one person who knows about feeling the moment, it’s Jack White. He’s the patron saint of vibes. We cut two twenty minute long sets straight to acetate. No second chances. Terrifying but alive.”
- The duo have previewed the live record by posting the track “Right On Frankenstein” online.
- The Physical World featured the single “Trainwreck 1979,” which hit Number 14 on the Modern Rock airplay chart.
SIDE NOTES: Death From Above 1979 added in the press release announcing the live album that they had a special guest drop by that day: “Oh yeah, Mick Jagger was there. Did we mention that we went out to dinner with Jack and Mick after and then went bowling until 3am? It’s also worth noting that Jack got the highest score followed by Sebastien. Mick and Jesse (Keeler, bassist) tied.”
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to “Right On Frankenstein” live: