The merry merchants of muscular death dance discord—Sebastien Grainger (vocals, drums) and Jesse F. Keeler (bass, keys, synths)—made a collective decision to embrace their own penchant for perpetual motion while gleefully maintaining the car-wreck intensity of their punkified disco rock. Ultimately, Outrage! Is Now confidently kicks off a new chapter for DEATH FROM ABOVE.
“We are committed to evolution. This record is the sound of the two us pushing at the walls. We want there to be space, surprises and action!” says Sebastien. “We both wanted to see how far we could take our sound as DEATH FROM ABOVE. In a way, that has always been our objective.” adds Jesse.
The two began pondering what became Outrage! Is Now while in the midst of finishing their 2014 record, The Physical World. Marking a sweaty and triumphant return after a near 10-year studio hiatus, their sophomore outing would be met with critical applause from Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Monster Children, Uncut, Alternative Press, and KERRANG! who awarded it a rare perfect score. The Physical World spawned fan favourites such as “Trainwreck 1979,” which generated an impressive 12 million Spotify streams to date and “Virgins” another to crack the 5-million mark.
As they retreated to Jesse’s farm two hours east of Toronto to write in 2016, the musicians re-examined the way they’ve written in the past. They found new ways to start ideas, and tried to exorcise their old demons. With a host of demos, DEATH FROM ABOVE headed back to Los Angeles to work with producer and engineer Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, etc.). Making for what Jesse describes as the “fastest recording process,” the vision quickly took shape.
“The myth of what we should be didn’t exist anymore,” Sebastien agrees. “There was never a moment where we took a conventional path—either writing or recording. Eric has been making records for decades and we managed to make him say: “Well, that’s a first!” during every song! There was always some strange element thrown in. In a way it’s a very serious record, but dressed in a really fun outfit.”
First single “Freeze Me” is sitting at #5 at Alternative radio and #6 at Active Rock radio in Canada, Top 25 Rock US. The track was featured on this Season of HBO’s Silicon Valley and an eccentric video, directed by Canadian filmmaker Corey Adams, and shot in Los Angeles premiered in June.
“There’s an absolute chaos and confusion in the world, and people who would otherwise agree on most things seem to be disagreeing on everything,” sighs Sebastien. “There’s a lot more space between the poles of opinion and views on the world. It seems like there’s a barrier of disgust as we dehumanize one another based on a few slight differences of opinion. The title is an observation of this hyper-sensitivity, which we’re all a part of.”
“I hope fans hear the progression,” Jesse leaves off. “This record is very much the result of the environment and experiences of the last five years. If we didn’t have struggle, life would be really fucking boring. These songs are a anti-boredom manifesto.”
“Outrage! Is Now meant to be felt on both a visceral and emotional level,” concludes Sebastien. “We tried to make something that excites and surprises. Our journey is that of enlightenment and seeking truth. There’s enough fiction and meaningless distractions in the world to make you totally shut off. We hope this record turns you on.”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Sep 15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Oct 20 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 23 – Clifton Park NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 28 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 30 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 31 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 02 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov 03 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Nov 07 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Nov 08 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
Nov 10 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Nov 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Nov 13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
Nov 17 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Nov 18 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov 20 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Nov 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Nov 23 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Nov 24 – Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Event Centre
Nov 25 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
Nov 27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
Dec 01 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix