November 27, 2017

SOUND | Death From Above x Commodore Ballroom

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

Granville—(November 22, 2017) Hot off their third studio album, Outrage! Is Now, the newly renamed Toronto noise rock duo Death From Abovenow sans "1979"—kicked off the Canadian leg of their North American tour at the Commodore Ballroom coming home after travelling through the States.

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Opening act The Beaches (also from Toronto) provided a lively and energetic kick off to the night with their cool, coastal brand of female-centric soft garage rock.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

Drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler—coming off recent allegations  of possible alt-right ties—offered a subdued yet enthusiastic energy throughout the quick and dirty two-hour set. They clearly relished being in a more familiar, welcoming second home setting.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

It was by far the most consistent and fluid performances of theirs I've seen thus far as the pair traded some of their trademark raw sound for more polished, seamless notes.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

With the ten-year gap between their first and second full-length albums after breaking up and ending their friendship, their third release was thankfully only a short three years after The Physical World. Their continued evolution and musical growth shows with their age.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

Finally, the band has enough songs in their discography to mess with their playlist alternating between late trademark late aughts noise punk anthems and more recent garage rock dance tracks.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

To chants of "DFA" all-night long, the young but still decidedly white male crowd full of (hopefully Movember related) moustaches, hoodies, and toques moshed and thrashed while losing themselves to the music until just before midnight.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

The improvisational encore of "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" and "Pull Out" satisfied die-hards and newer fans alike before they headed off the stage.

Death From Above | The Commodore Ballroom | Granville Street, Vancouver

It seems Death From Above, more mellowed out and mature with age, has reached a pleasing, content state of just being and producing their music regularly in an irregular genre of music.


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