Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Band Called Death - New Doc About The Punk Pioneers

No, not this band called Death, these guys were kicking around under the name Death nearly two decades before Chuck Schuldiner and crew. You can find info on how to check out the documentary below, I have a weird aversion to paying $10 for anything digital, so I'm waiting for a Blu-ray or DVD release.

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death.

Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. 

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Be sure to head over to the Drafthouse site for the film where you can find a list of upcoming theatrical screenings and places to download the film online. You can also pick up the brilliant "...For The Whole World To See" album, and an original style Death t-shirt on the same page. You can check the entire album out here.

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