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Death From Above 1979 - Mascotte

by Brian Lange. Rating:8 Release Date:2012-03-04

In the heart of Zürich lies this little venue, and in this venue Death From Above 1979 rocked to the delight of a couple hundred delighted Zürichites and one travelling Yank. 

This venue attracts all types, from the rock shows to the nightclubs as it serves both purposes and on the evening DFA1979 played, it was in fact double-billed. An early start to the show meant an early release, but that had nothing to do with the fact it may or may not have been an all-ages show (do they even check IDs outside of the States?). The club was filled with mostly 20-something kids who collected themselves around the stage, an incredibly small stage only a couple feet off the ground with no barrier at all.

They didn’t disappoint with the classics and new hits, which pleased the crowd to the umpteenth degree. The kids started moshing, slam-dancing, and crowd-surfing like a proper punk club.  DFA1979’s personal bouncer had to activate a few times due to obnoxious kids fondling the monitors or creeping onto the stage. Apart from a douchey Vincent Cassel doppleganger who was shoving his way to the front of the crowd, the people in attendance were there in immense positive spirits and all getting along. The way they should be, considering it was DFA1979's first ever stop in Zürich.  

Most of us were probably lucky if we got to see DFA1979 during the time of their first record, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. As Sebastien Grainger states during an intermission, “So people have been asking us, what’s changed? Well, a lot has changed…” He went on to speak of responsibility and families. 

I am paraphrasing horribly, as his little speech has left my memory, but the jist of his statement was that they were back and ready to rock. And that, they did.  

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