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Death From Above 1979, Gorilla, Manchester, 21 October 2014
Tuesday 21st October 2014 @ 23:55 by Max Wieland

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo might have been battering Manchester tonight, but for the few hundred people who were watching Death From Above 1979 at Manchester’s Gorilla, they could very possibly argue they witnessed a storm of their own.

TORONTO TWOSOME: Death From Above 1979

TORONTO TWOSOME: Death From Above 1979

Small, sweaty, and with the distinct feel of some old-ish of sorts air-raid shelter – the Gorilla bar underneath Oxford Road train station is not your typical venue for a globally revered band.

Yet Canadian double act DFA 1979 somehow managed to cram their exhaustible energy under the railway tracks on Whitworth Street West tonight.

Quite a few bands have attempted to write their name into this burgeoning bars history but the newly reformed Toronto duo duly succeeded.

Because meeting small and sweaty head on was loud and mesmerising.

Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keeler might have first made an impression on the music scene back in 2004, but after only just releasing their long-awaited second album this year, the noisy hairy duo look set to be stopping the industry in their tracks all over again.

The twosome ripped through their ear-piercing set in front of a backdrop that would not look out of place on the radioactive set of James Bond’s Dr No.

There was a distinct feel of ‘first-timers,’ myself included, crammed into Gorilla tonight with a host of people who had no doubt been there with DFA 1979 a decade ago.

Undoubtedly however, the reaction was overwhelming; it was clear that the wait for this cult band to return has been worth it.

Kicking off with Turn It Out, the crowds highlight was certainly songs eight and nine in an 18 song set when DOA 1979 crashed through recent single Trainwreck 1979 and the head-rush that is Crystal Ball.

Romantic Rights was also well received during a three song encore.

Thankfully though the set was very well thought out, there was no dreaded mid-set lull, it was foot-stomping and was as fast paced and riff-driven as one could hope for.

The dance-punk pair played like their blood was boiling, it was breathless, it was raw and it was captivating.

Keeler on bass and synths took the audience through the right number of head bashing moments required for such an intimate venue, his dance-infused distorted bass lines never failed to make the packed audience move, whilst Grainger nearly pounded his way into a new drum-kit such was his vigour. Throw in the fact that Grainger also combines his drumming with shriek-along vocals, and the show could hardly have been more impressive.

The headlines tomorrow might inform you of the destruction across Greater Manchester from the recent storm that has battered Britain, but for one night only, those in Gorilla tonight will have no doubt took their chances outside, such was the frenzied verve whipped up by the near faultless Death From Above 1979.