TL;DR: Haiku Review:
“when i hear that sound, some high energy thrashing, I’m all out of rage.”
For the uninitiated, DFA 1979 is just another great band hailing from Toronto, Canada. (Canadian musicians are killing it right now. Forget all of the Canadian jokes you’ve heard, they are our betters. Get over it.)
Its not everyday that I get to dive into new music from one of my favorite bands doing it right now. If you can catch these guys live, you really should. With that obvious bias out-of-the-way, let’s get to Outrage! is Now.
Aside from the title itself, this album is not overtly political or preachy. There are discernible themes, but importantly they are addressed subtly in the title track, and”Holy Books” to name a few. There are hints of a particular (and let’s face it the right point of view) in “All I C Is U & Me” with references to undercover racists in the streets and other terrible things. This is 2017 after all.
The first single “Freeze Me” has made the rounds on mainstream radio and you have probably heard it already. It is catchy, but don’t let that one song define the album for you. Most of the rest of the tracks are standouts in their own right.
DFA 1979 starts out with some hi-hat and a rhythmic bass riff on “Nomad.” If a lot of post-punk bands use angular or staccato riffs to get crowds moving, DFA 1979 gives you pounding drums and da-da-da-dadada style looping bass lines. It sounds simple, but the noise created is compelling and powerful. “Caught Up” starts out slowly but eventually reaches a crescendo that is full of noise and fury, and it is another highlight
The title track’s chorus hits you hard and might be my favorite song on this album. “Statutes” comes at you with distorted vocals and the familiar looping bass riffs with a much more experimental sound quality. I also like the last track “Holy Books” because at times you can re-imagine it as a punk-rock anthem and then all of a sudden it drops into a short piano-aided bridge that sounds like it came straight out of Ok Computer.
I come around, when I hear that sound:
Yes, you should definitely stream/buy/borrow this album if you are into DFA 1979 or just good music in general.