"Romantic Rights", released in 2004, was the first single from Death from Above 1979's debut album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. The duo performed the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Death from Above 1979 were a Toronto based Canadian indie rock/synth rock duo. The members were Jesse F. Keeler on bass/synths and Sebastien Grainger on vocals/drums. Refusing to employ a lead guitarist, they played loud synth-infused dance-punk on the drum and bass combination alone, a sound described by critic A. Carlill (Mojo Magazine) as 'glam-noise'. This drew comparisons to Lightning Bolt, although DFA's music bears little resemblance to them. They were signed to Last Gang Records in Canada, Vice Records in the U.S. and 679 Recordings in the UK.
Although they reportedly met at a Sonic Youth concert, Keeler and Grainger sometimes jokingly claimed to have met in prison, on a pirate ship, or in a gay bar, leading some journalists and fans to believe these hoaxes. They also claimed to have lived in a funeral home at one time. In 2005, the video for "Romantic Rights" won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards. They played "Romantic Rights" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, with Max Weinberg on drums for part of the performance.
On 4 August 2006 Keeler, via the band's official website, announced the duo's split.