When Coachella’s 2011 lineup was announced back in January, it looked like a fairly typical lineup for the California festival — except for the mysterious appearance of Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979.
Fans immediately took to the blogs and generated a considerable buzz, not knowing whether to believe it. In a blog post from 2006, bassist Jesse Keeler had said something to the effect that he and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger were basically not even friends anymore. Subsequent interviews with either member continued to give fans the impression that the band was firmly over. Keeler went full-time with his electro house project MSTRKRFT, which has had considerable success; Grainger has continued to focus mainly on rock music, releasing his solo debut album, ‘Sebastien Grangier and the Mountains,’ and dabbling in some other projects as well.
Apparently, time heals all wounds. DFA 1979’s official website has been revamped, and a new blog post from Grangier said, “Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied. Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration. The collision of two different worlds. As this all takes shape, we will reveal it to you. All of it happening, as it always has, in our own way. Thank you all for sharing in our excitement!”
The implication of the post seems to be that the Coachella gig will not be a one-off. Already the band has been added to Austria’s Donaufestival. Still unknown is whether fans will finally see that elusive second LP which had been alluded to back in 2005, prior to the breakup, or whether any new recordings will be made.