Dance-punk should have been long dead by now, but it keeps refusing to perish. Who’d have thought that right now, in 2021, that one of the longest-lived, most-enjoyed rock bands of the early 2000s vintage, Death From Above 1979, would return with a new album? The fact that this new record, Is 4 Lovers, is their fourth album in 20 years is surprising enough, but when you factor in the band's rocky history and tendency to take long gaps between album releases, it’s even more of a big deal for anyone out there who’ve been waiting with bated breath. The good news is that the DFA 1979 formula - loud, aggressive waves of guitar feedback laid in sheets over an almost-progressive hardcore base – is here, and is still so unique and distinctive that at first listen they don’t appear to have lost a step.
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