Forget Man of Steel, forget The Hunger Games, if there is one film that I must see this year, it’s this one. We heard about this documentary a month back when it showcased at SWSX. News spread like wildfire about this film that talked about this Detroit based band comprised of all black guys and who were playing punk before most in the U.S. knew what punk was. My ears perked up quick upon hearing this news and MITNG immediately did a spread on the film, but we didn’t have a trailer for you guys…well now we do and it looks outstanding!
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 Deathchronicles 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.
This is mind boggling, almost an anomaly of sorts to think that this sound was created almost out of thin air. This is a must see for music heads! A Band Called Death is directed by Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino and will be available on itunes and VOD on May 24 and in theaters June 28.
Download a free, never-before-released Death demo recording from 1974: http://t.opsp.in/p0OG6