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years ago in the mid-2000s when i was in college a classmate that was much much cooler than me had an extra ticket to see this TORONTO INDIE band i'd never heard of with an odd name, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, play at the BOWERY BALLROOM.
when we got their and i saw the drum and amplifier setup my heart sank and my first thought was "shit, not another lame WHITE STRIPES clone" (cough, cough, i'm looking at you BLACK KEYS). man was i wrong. the bassist had this thick tone that sounded like multiple amps being pushed to their limits with what had to be an octave pedal set to the brown note. it was thick and gnarly and somehow the dude kept it the grooves tight and ultra-solid with the drums. the dummer just screamed his balls off. it was a great show and sadly they didn't release another album for 7 years, as this show was in support of their seminal YOU'RE A WOMAN, I'M A MACHINE release (LAST GANG, 2004).
i'm happy that they're back now and kicking ass. definitely suggest you check out their sound, even if they are CANADIAN.