Back when Death From Above 1979 first reunited in 2011, drummer/singer Sebastian Grainger hinted that new material was in the works. After trying a handful of tracks out on tour in 2012, the Canadian synth-punk duo is set to return with their long-awaited sophomore album, The Physical World, September 9 via Last Gang. Monday night they shared the jittery first single from that record “Trainwreck 1979” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Paired with a similarly spastic lyric video of sorts, this new cut finds the band unleashing the same kind of dirge-y fuzz bombs that they were 10 years ago on You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. In a recent interview with NME, Granger took a cynical approach to the band’s reunion, saying that a new album came solely because fans have “been fucking asking for it.” But when you have the ability release a track like this after nearly a decade of silence, why do you think they’ve been “fucking asking”?
Listen to “Trainwreck 1979” above.