For a while there, it looked like Death from Above 1979 was a done deal. After riding the punk-funk hysteria wave of the mid-’00s, the group announced they were disbanding in 2006, citing creative and philosophical differences. In 2011, the Toronto duo reformed for a few reunion shows and continued to tour and produce new music thereafter. The group’s latest album, The Physical World, is a thunderous, relentless effort, featuring Sebastien Grainger’s arena-sized drum machinations and propulsive, slithery notes from bassist-synthesizer Jesse Keeler. While their debut album, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, seems forever linked to the band’s contemporaries (!!!, The Rapture), their new album feels refreshingly out of step with the current sound of indie rock — a sonic creation that is unapologetically bold and full-tempo. It’s always nice to see bands play nice and make up, and it’s even better when their reconciliations produce something worthwhile.
Death From Above 1979
With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deap Valley at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Masonic. $35-$45; sfmasonic.com