The members Death From Above have said that they met at a Sonic Youth concert, but that may or may not be true. As a joke, the band likes to make up stories about where they met. Some of the places they’ve told journalists they met include in prison, on a pirate ship, and at a gay bar. The band claims they also lived together in an empty funeral home for some time.
Death From Above bassist Jesse F. Keeler is known for being very reclusive. Keeler lives in the East York area of Toronto with his wife and daughter, but stays out of the public eye whenever possible. He even records in his home studio to avoid being seen around Toronto.
The group released their first EP under the band name Death From Above. They soon discovered that the name belonged to James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem. Apparently, Murphy had been using the name for a side project for quite some time. After a legal dispute with New York label DFA Records, Death From Above was forced to add "1979" to their moniker. In 2017, the band reverted back to their original Death from Above name.
On August 3, 2006, bassist Jesse F. Keeler announced that the band had officially broken up. He claimed they had decided to split nearly a year before but did one last tour so that the people around them could earn enough money to cover Christmas presents for their families. The reason for the split was disputes over musical style and creativity.
Death From Above 1979 vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger is the co-owner of a music studio. He part owns Giant Studios in Toronto, Ontario with Jimmy Shaw from the popular Canadian indie rock band Metric.
Sebastien Grainger played drums on the K-OS song "Sunday Morning." He also appears in the song's video, playing the part of a homeless man recruited to play drums in the rapper's band.
Keeler produced and composed tracks for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot.
Asked by NME
for the duo's reasons for dropping the '1979' from their name, Keeler replied: "A couple of years ago we dropped it from our tour posters. No one noticed so we kept doing it."
Grainger added: "The final straw was when I was making the art for our single 'Freeze Me
'. I wanted to write the name out in ice, so I went on Amazon and ordered an ice cube tray in the alphabet. It came and there were no numbers. That was that."