Death From Above 1979
Artist Sound: Sleazy, swaggering take-no-prisoner alternative punk from two musicians who sound like six.
Crowd Response: Shrieking, cheering, moshing, stage diving, and overall mayhem. Lots of people saying, “I don’t know who this band is but I love them!”
Performance Adjectives: Brash, bold, energetic, sexy, sweaty
Notable Songs Played: “Turn It Out,” “Go Home, Get Down,” “You’re Lovely (But You’ve Got Problems),” “You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine.”
Poignant Moments: Sebastian Grainger got pissed off at sound tech for taking too long and threw his drum stick at him.
Hype Vs. Reality: Reunited duo, Death From Above 1979, is probably one of the coolest bands to grace the main stage at Coachella with their thrashed out dance-punk circa early ’00s and their underground reputation–rather than being a currently popular mainstream artist or an old popular band. One of my top shows of the festival.