“Black History Month”

‘Loud, nasty, brutish and short’ would be the best way to describe Death from Above 1979’s record label debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. But that was back in 2004, so why, you might ask, is it relevant today? Firstly, it’s the first—of February that is—the perfect time to replay their song “Black History Month.” Secondly, after breaking up in 2006 with only one album, DFA 1979 is back. They have not released any new music, and reported plans to the contrary are speculation as of yet, but they played a series of gigs in 2011. Logic, with a generous helping of hope, leads many to expect a follow-up to You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine shortly.

DFA 1979 take the dance-punk aesthetic of the (non-affliated) DFA Records with a the noisy slant of Lightning Bolt. “Black History Month” is one of the more subtle tracks of the album, one which nonetheless has approximately no acoustic guitars and no discussion of feelings. And among its nonstop swagger, you’ll find a remarkable catchiness about the song. Overall a great album to hear for the first time or yet again as we enter February.

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