Death From Above 1979 are an extremely rare prospect: a band
that have formed and reformed this early in our lifetimes,
having only released one album, as recently as 2004. ABOVE
California’s Coachella festival is what’s brought
Sebastian Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler back together.
A lot of money will do that. The point, though, is that DFA’s reunion is
impressively considered a sound investment
such is their status as cult punk heroes. ABOVE
What’s odd at tonight’s second sold out Forum show, is that we’re all pretty sure the pair still hate each other
before they even appear, and when they do show up little is done to prove otherwise.
It’s five songs – played as precisely and fuzzily as you’d expect, although with no real sense of conviction
before either member speaks, and I can’t be sure that they looked at each other more than twice for the whole hour-long set,
which at one point threatens to be over in half that time.
The tracks that make up ‘You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine’ fly out of the duo, with five second pauses separating them, until Keeler decides to pad time by talking nonsense,
which none of us can hear.
‘Black History Month’ is more heartfelt though, as is Grainger’s thank you before a four track
encore of everything else the band have ever written, which few fans recognise.
Not even an annoyingly quiet PA can make DFA 1979 look bad tonight, but,
like Pixies, the reasons for this show has them looking
like the machines they claimed to be.
Lars Von Trier has gone on record to say this one’s got an unhappy ending, and he considers all his other movies to end happily.
So, considering this one is about the end of the world, he’s only gone and ruined it already, hasn’t he.
Two films designed to make you think is surely a
good thing though, suggesting once again that signal
that Hollywood’s outlook is turning cerebral.
Examining trends tells us so, particularly in the world of 3D. Not just a boy’s toy, we’ve had Pina and the Cave of Forgotten
Dreams pulling in the punters and provingthat the medium isn’t just for slashers and silliness.
Perhaps it’s only a matter of time before the big bang is tackled James Cameron style
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