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Editor’s Pick #185: Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains by JohnCassillo
Sebastien Grainger's solo debut showed he was just fine after Death From Above 1979's break-up

Sebastien Grainger's solo debut showed he was just fine after Death From Above 1979's break-up

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains’ “I Hate My Friends” MP3

When Death from Above 1979 announced their breakup amidst mutual hatred in 2006, it was an unfortunate time for music fans. Their 2004 record You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine will probably end up being one of the most overlooked efforts of the decade. The collection was infectious, harsh, noisy dance-punk, the likes of which is nowhere to be found on today’s scene.

After the band’s breakup, both members, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger, went their separate ways. As good as Keeler’s MSTRKRFT was on the first album however, it still can’t hold a candle to Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains‘ self-titled debut.

Taking many aspects of the callous, raucous dance-punk found on DFA1979, Grainger still managed to form a sound all his own with his 2008 release. It was a bit poppy, yet his unmistakable howl still cut through any Strokes-type riffs one could possibly come upon. Even without the heavy metal-inspiration of his previous band, each track remained a driving force, always teetering towards the brink.

For those still curious, take a listen to “I Hate My Friends,” probably the most explosive and boisterous of the tracks he put together on yet another record bound to be overlooked.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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