What everyone has been speculating for months has been made official. Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler a.k.a. Death From Above 1979 have called it quits. In a post on the group’s Myspace page, Jesse writes:
thank you so much for your support from beginning to end. thanks ache records for giving us that first 325 dollars and thanks last gang for taking us the rest of the way. thanks to everyone who came out to our shows, wrote letters just to say hi, baked cakes and made your own t-shirts. i kept everything you gave me. thanks so much to the kids who came really early to see us when were were opening for bigger bands… that meant so much to me. i hope i have been a positive example and not a bad influence and i really want you to know that when you stop me on the street and i dont know what to say, its not because i dont appreciate you, its just not something ill ever really get used to.
This is hardly surprising news. Jesse has been focusing on MSTRKRFT, which just released The Looks in July, and there have been rumours of the band’s break-up for quite some time. It’s still sad, though. Torontoist wishes them both the best.