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Death From Above 1979 rises from a premature grave

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Toronto's Death From Above 1979 split up in 2006 "for very good reasons," according to singer-drummer Sebastien Grainger.

"One of the main ones was it just stopped being fun or interesting for us," Grainger acknowledges, "and we thought that it would be cheap to keep doing it if we didn't have the energy to put behind it."

Now, however, the excitement is back. Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler got back together under the DFA banner in 2011 to play shows, and things went well enough to record their second album, "The Physical World," which came out in September as the long-awaited follow-up to 2004's "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine."

Grainger, 35, says those initial shows were "kind of experiment to see if we could still do it, in a way." He was inspired to regroup with Keeler while working on a new solo album and making the kind of punky rock he had done with DFA. "Then it occurred to me that I had a rock band already," Grainger notes. "It was sitting there dormant, but I had a band, so I reached out to Jesse and we went from there."

Making some amends -- "We hadn't spoken in five years, so you can imagine how much fungus grew on the thought of one another in that time," Grainger says -- the two forged ahead towards reactivating DFA. "The Physical World" has led to even more touring, though Grainger hedges a bit on whether he expects DFA to continue as a going concern.

"We take it moment to moment," Grainger says. "But we don't even consider ourselves a reunion band at this point; for us, the reunion aspect of the band ended with that first six months or year of shows, and it's like, 'OK, we're a band now.' It's becoming an increasing concern, so as long as it's exciting for us and exciting for the audience, then we'll keep doing it.

"If it becomes stale and it becomes a schtick, then we'll have to treat it that way. But we're enjoying it now and we're proud of the record and we do talk about the future, so there's that."

Death From Above 1979 and Biblical

Wednesday, Nov. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $30.50.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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