Toronto twosome Death From Above 1979 are currently in the midst of an enormous North American arena tour opening for Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age and, as the band recently told MTV News, it's been not so bad so far.
"There are a few words that come to mind when I think about this tour," said bassist Jesse Keeler. "'Comfortable.' 'Appropriate.' 'Easy.' Maybe it's been too easy. I don't really know. We sometimes have the most crowd surfers though."
As drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger cheekily related, however, the setup does have its drawbacks. "We're only out there for 30 minutes, so it's difficult to really get anything going. Basically, the whole time we're playing, it feels like there are a million things I forgot to do during the day. So I'm thinking about that the whole time."
After the tour ends on November 17 in Calgary, the band will be heading back home to Toronto "to go back to work," said Keeler, who then told MTV that DFA's next album would be "four hours long."
The band has a new album in stores right now, the B-sides and remixes record, Romance, Bloody Romance, featuring reworked versions of DFA songs by tourmate Josh Homme, among others.
"The remix record is a collection of B-sides and remixes that were put together for releases in the UK that were never commercially available in North America," said Grainger before adding, again with tongue planted firmly in cheek, "so as a service to our fans in (North) America, we're selling them a product that has been available in the UK for quite some time."
The remaining dates on the NIN/QOTSA/DFA tour are:
November 10, Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
November 11, Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
November 14, Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
November 16, Edmonton, AB - Rexall Centre
November 17, Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
Writer: Neil McDonald