There are some bands that write a hit song, others who put out a couple great albums, and then there are those whose work helps define an entire decade. Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, a.k.a Montreal disco punk duo Death From Above 1979, started something vital in 2004 when they released their debut album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. The record was only 34 minutes long and consisted of just a bassist and a drummer, and yet the amount of noise was obscene – filthy, neon disco beats getting up close and sweaty with punk rock attitude, spitting in the face of the dance floor elite.
Two years after they stormed in with their stellar debut, Grainer and Keeler called it a day, claiming indefinite hiatus. The world was then forced to recall what life had been like before DFA1979 – it was a sad place indeed, though we simply had to make do. That was, until this year when the duo announced they would be returning to the studio, filling the bellies of every post-punk disco nerd with happy fluttering butterflies. The new record, entitled The Physical World, marks one of the most glorious comebacks in recent memory.
The band have done a handful of tour dates across the UK – Glasgow, Manchester and London – and will play Bristol’s Simple Things Festival this Saturday.
The festival kicks off on Friday 24th October at Motion, where Canadian electronic psych-folk producer Caribou is set to play a full live set with support from Hyperdub artist Jessie Lanza.
Saturday then welcomes a 17-hour extravaganza filled with live shows from the very best in electro, dance punk, indie, dub and house. The festival will spread across venues all over the city centre, featuring sets from DJ Harvey, Brooklyn noise fantasists Liars, Atlanta garage rockers Black Lips and Bristol’s own The Fauns.
Headlining with DFA1979 are Glaswegian post-rock geniuses Mogwai, whose eighth studio album, Rave Tapes, has been praised by everyone from Paste Magazine to The Guardian (it even made it into the UK Top Ten for a while!).
As well as rock music, there will be plenty of dance floor goodies over the weekend: Hyperdub brings together a select roster, including Laurel Halo, Cooly G and Scatcha DVA, to celebrate 10 years of the label, while jungle garage beatsmith Zomby will manage to ruffle feathers, no doubt. Nightmares on Wax make their return at Simple Things and British producer The Haxan Cloak brings along his slow-building, ambient drone-tronica.
Simple Things boasts one of the most sonically thrilling line-ups to grace any festival this year.
Other confirmed acts include: How To Dress Well, DJ Sprinkles, Eagulls, Actress, DJ Nature, SOPHIE, DVS1, Onra, Rejjie Snow, Amazing Snakeheads, Turbowolf, Dark Sky, Redinho, Happa, Greys, Hidden Orchestra, Damiano von Erckert, Max Graef, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Ron Morelli, Thought Forms, Cooly G, Svengalisghost, God Damn, Lovepark, Cuts, Bad Breeding, The Fauns, Esben & The Witch, Mirel Wagner, Pardon My French, Seven Davis Jr, Oliver Wilde, Futureboogie, Impey, October, Eaux, Menace Beach, The Kelly Twins, Terekke, Eugene Quell, Volte-Face, Scarlet Rasca and Gramrcy.
Opening party (Friday): 20:00 – 01:00
Festival (Saturday): 12:00 – 05:00
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Artist: Black Lips, Caribou, Cooly G, Death From Above 1979, Eagulls, Jessie Lanza, Laurel Halo, LIARS, Menace Beach, Mogwai, Nightmares on Wax, Scratcha DVA, The Fauns, The Haxan Cloak, Turbowolf, Zomby