Returning to Nashville still celebrating their excellent 2017 third full-length effort Outrage! Is Now, seminal Canadian hard rocking dance punks Death From Above are pulling some real fan-service for their latest tour, which stops at Mercy Lounge tonight, Nov. 15 with Mexican punk outfit Le Butcherettes. Taking it way back, Death From Above (who, for many years, also went by Death From Above 1979), are set to play their very first EP, 2002’s Heads Up, in full (something, to our knowledge, they’ve never done on prior tours), along with plenty of other favorites, and tickets to their latest Music City stop are still available here while they last. Read on for more about the show!
DEATH FROM ABOVE
Formed in 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Death from Above (who went by Death From Above 1979 from 2004 until reverting back to their original name last year) first started turning heads with the release of a series of EPs in the early ’00s, before really breaking through with their explosive debut, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, in 2004. Citing creative differences, the duo split shortly after, only to reconvene in 2011, first for an interment series of performances and, finally, a long-awaited sophomore LP, The Physial World, in 2014, a decade after their debut, remaining regularly active since, and passing through Music City a handful of times in recent years. The group’s noisy, dance-ready, punk inspired sound has inspired countless other acts over the last decade, and, in their absence, they managed to amass something of a cult following. Now that they’ve been longer than they ever were in the first place, DFA’s second chapter has become just as vibrant and essential to the band’s history, and with last year’s third album, Outrage! Is Now, it feels like they’ve let the weight of fan expectations go to explore where they are musically and personally at this point in their career, not straying too far from the formula, but also not staying beholden to it, exploring more metal and rock rock influences. Returning a year after they last played Nashville in support of Outrage, DFA are doing something special this time around: they’re celebrating their very first EP, fan-favorite 2002 effort Heads Up, by performing it in its entirety (along with, a course, plenty of other career-spanning efforts). That’s a hell of a reason for long-time fans to consider this a must-see, and, even for newcomers, sure to be a wild, awesome rock show.
Le Butcherettes are an aggressive band who have made their name being true to punk’s original ideals, making loud and angry and startling music about the shit that pisses you off. Singer Teri Gender Bender covers herself in blood and wields a feather duster to send a message about women being slaves, which is so very riot grrl, and the band’s reputation in the Mexican underground scene exploded from their inception in 2007. Now with a fourth album, Bi/Mental, to add new tunes to their arsenal, it’s a perfect time to catch this explosive and essential group’s live set.
Death from Above and Le Butcherettes will perform tonight, Nov. 15, at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $30.