Hot Ticket: Death From Above 1979 – Sunday, Nov 11

Dance-punk is a genre where the raw, incendiary heart of punk is all too often replaced with self-aware wailing or silliness. But you can make an exception for Toronto’s Death from Above 1979. The band’s excellent 2004 debut album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine packs enough rage into its 35-minutes that it serves as a testosterone transfusion for a style at risk of becoming punk-lite.

DFA1979 proved to be unsustainable in the long term, and the band fell apart in 2006 after the release of only one studio album and a couple of ho-hum EPs. But, not content to languish as a one-classic pony, the boys are back, performing a cross-Canada tour and debuting new material.

DFA1979 plays Remembrance Day at Club One at 8pm. Tickets are $45.

6 comments

  1. whatever · June 28, 2013

    $45 to see these guys who were pretty okay back around the TURN OF THE CENTURY.

  2. C.H. Monster · June 28, 2013

    1) 2004-2006.
    2) Yet to be seen whether old age and infirmity has rendered them unable to perform.
    3) No one ever books an act here till it’s already run its course. This is the mildest of examples.
    4) Whatever.

  3. Frank · June 28, 2013

    No one ever books an act here till it’s already run its course. This is the mildest of examples.

    Tell that to mightypop.

  4. C.H. Monster · June 28, 2013

    I can’t defend exaggerating the situation, but I can’t edit it now. Mightypop is doing great work as are some other promoters in town.

    But there is a real tendency for the people putting off shows in this province, and the bigger the venue the worse they are, to be over-conservative. It’s like if they can’t bring in middle-agers, they can’t take the financial risk, even though some of these guys haven’t sold a record in decades. Some educated assessment of the quality and popularity of current touring bands would go a long way.

    But my point really was, lumping DFA in with the mass of 70s country stars that get brought here is ridiculous.

  5. John · June 28, 2013

    I know next to nothing about the logistics of show promotion or bringing in bands, but, I think the unfortunate fact is, the population just isn’t here to bring in some more “relevant” acts or whatever you want to call it. I would love it if some lesser known acts came here, but I think it comes down to money, St. John’s is pretty far for a band to travel for a show that probably won’t draw that many people. The majority of the population here seems (to me at least) to be aging baby boomers, who will flock to see John Mellencamp and Huey Lewis and the like, but most of the younger crowd will likely just complain about the ticket price when a younger, more up to date act does actually come to town, then complain that “nobody good ever comes here.” Arcade Fire for instance, it would be awesome if they came here, but honestly, what kind of crowd do you think they would bring, are all the suburbanites going to flock from Paradise to see them, ironically, probably not. The White Stripes didn’t even fill Mile One, and they were an arguably “bigger” band than Arcade Fire (I’m only using them as an example, I don’t know what kind of acts you would be referring to).

    I definitely agree with you that promoters are being conservative, but I honestly think it’s too much of a gamble to bring in some acts, someone with any knowledge of the touring business could either confirm or deny that. I wish it were different, believe me, it’s frustrating seeing places like Halifax get better shows when they aren’t even that far away by plane, but by land, it’s huge.

    Not trying to pick at your post or anything (CH Monster), I would be very interested to hear from people who do bookings and what their opinion is.

    I was personally surprised to see DFA1979 coming, they’re on a reunion tour of sorts, but they’re also debuting a bunch of new material, which to me seems like they are still very much an active band.

  6. anon · June 28, 2013

    First of all, Heads Up is not a “ho-hum” EP by any standard. Except financially speaking, of course, but I don’t give a fuck about that.

    I for one am thrilled to see DFA live, in St. John’s of all places. I picked them up in 2008, two years after they broke up. I don’t give a fuck if they are past their prime because I have no memories of what “their prime” was like. This is the first and possibly only opportunity I’ll get to see DFA live at a stage in my life where I still have no serious commitments that won’t bite me in the ass if I spend a single night and $50 getting drunk on overpriced liquor to ear-splitting punk rock.