A Band Called Death (Trailer)

Posted by Lee Goldup on May 24, 2013

In the early 70's in Detroit way before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Pretty much punk rock before punk rock existed. Three teenage brothers formed the band in their spare room and began playing local shows and pressed a single in the hope of getting signed. This was very much the Motown and early disco era and they weren't very well received by the music industry, who found their name and image intimidating. The band were never really given a shot and broke up before they even did an album. Their demos were locked away in the attic until years later, when they were rediscovered and stuck into the cult category.

A collection of their early songs and demos were realeased in 2011 as the album Spiritual • Mental • Physical and now this documentary has been made.

"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."

A BAND CALLED DEATH [Trailer] from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

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