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Death From Above 1979 Split

"We decided to stop doing the band...actually we decided that almost a year ago," bassist Jesse Keeler wrote on the band's official site.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // August 4, 2006

Death From Above 1979, the brash, synth-loving duo from Toronto, Canada, has announced they are splitting up after six years together. “I’m sure by now most of you assume the band isn’t happening anymore since there are no shows, no work on a new album, etc,” bassist Jesse Keeler wrote on the band’s official site. “Well, I wanted to let you know that your assumptions are correct. We decided to stop doing the band…Actually we decided that almost a year ago.” Keeler went on to reveal that he and bandmate Sebastien Grainger “had grown apart to such an extent that the only real time we spoke was just before we would play and during interviews. We both changed so much that the people we were by the end of it, probably wouldn’t have been friends if they were to meet for the first time again.” DFA 1979’s label hoped the pair would change their minds and asked them to “keep quiet about the decision at first,” Keeler wrote. They waited until their debut, You’re a Woman and I’m a Machine, went gold in Canada to make the announcement.

Keeler is currently working on his other project, MSTRKRFT, with producer, Al-P. They recently released The Looks. He is also lending his bass talent to Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album.

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