Three things I've learnt from the Death From Above 1979 documentary

The much anticipated documentary Life After Death From Above 1979 has been released and we've been enjoying it here at AU HQ. Andrew Wade wanted to share his thoughts on the film and brings us the three things he's learnt from the film about one of his favourite bands.

546 live shows is a hell of a lot of touring.

From 2001 through to 2005, DFA1979 played 546 shows around the world – supporting giants such as Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. That said, it’s a hell of a lot of “two dudes in a van” and resulted in the duo not speaking to each other, and ultimately in the five year break-up of the band.

Femme Fatale are fucking awesome.

There's a few snippets of Jesse F Keeler's "band" (a one man operation on record, and full band live) Femme Fatale performing with Grainger on the drums. It's amazing (as is the recorded output) and a perfect glimpse into what evolved into the barely evolved chaos of DFA1979 live.

Rock stars are people, too.

The actual reunion of the duo in the picture is exactly like you'd picture meeting a high-school friend at a bar ten years down the track - it's awkward, the conversation is stop start, and the tension in the air is palpable. However, once you get past the pleasantries, it's just like old times - the old times on show here may include quite a bit more rock and roll than your weird friends, though.

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