The merry merchants of muscular death dance discord - Sebastien Grainger (vocals, drums) and Jesse F. Keeler (bass, keys, synths) - made a collective decision to embrace their own penchant for perpetual motion while gleefully maintaining the car-wreck intensity of their punkified disco rock on their third album and first since 2014. Ultimately, Outrage! Is Now confidently kicks off a new chapter for Death From Above. "We are committed to evolution. This record is the sound of the two us pushing at the walls. We want there to be space, surprises and action!," says Sebastien. "We both wanted to see how far we could take our sound as Death From Above. In a way, that has always been our objective," adds Jesse.
As they retreated to Jesse's farm two hours east of Toronto to write in 2016, the musicians re-examined the way they've written in the past. They found new ways to start ideas, and tried to exorcise their old demons. With a host of demos, Death From Above headed back to Los Angeles to work with producer and engineer Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age). Making for what Jesse describes as the "fastest recording process," the vision quickly took shape. "The myth of what we should be didn't exist anymore," Sebastien agrees. "There was never a moment where we took a conventional path-either writing or recording. Eric has been making records for decades and we managed to make him say: 'Well, that's a first' during every song! There was always some strange element thrown in. In a way it's a very serious record, but dressed in a really fun outfit."
"The title is an observation of this hyper-sensitivity, which we're all a part of," Jesse leaves off. "This record is very much the result of the environment and experiences of the last five years..." "Outrage! Is Now is meant to be felt on both a visceral and emotional level," concludes Sebastien. "We tried to make something that excites and surprises. Our journey is that of enlightenment and seeking truth. There's enough fiction and meaningless distractions in the world to make you totally shut off. We hope this record turns you on."
Spin called lead single, "Freeze Me," "...a typical, serrated piece of Death From Above-branded dance-rock, with a fierce noise breakdown toward the end" while Noisey adds that, "It's a mixture of DFA's familiar clatter - Sebastien Grainger's battering ram drums, Jesse F Keeler's frantic, distorted bass guitar - mixed in with some 1990s house pianos."