Indie Trailer Sunday: Badass Punk Rock Doc 'A Band Called Death'

May 19, 2013
Source: Apple

A Band Called Death

"We are fighting to maintain our identity!" While the Cannes Film Festival rages on, today's trailer is for an indie rock doc called A Band Called Death, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and was picked up by Drafthouse Films in February. This trailer has been out for a bit, but we haven't featured it yet and I thought it a worthy film to highlight today. Similar to the Oscar winning doc Searching for Sugar Man, this tells the story of a three-member African-American punk rock band called Death from Detroit that never hit it big until 30 years later when tapes were found in an attic. This looks badass. The Ultimate Trip.

Watch the official trailer for Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino's A Band Called Death, in high def from Apple:

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. The doc tells the story of three brothers who founded the band Death in 1971 Detroit, becoming one of the first bands in the punk genre. They spent years trying to make it in the industry, but ended up having to sell off all of their instruments and disband. But thirty years later, someone pulled one of their demo tapes out of an attic and it went viral, garnering national media attention and securing the band's place in rock history. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. A Band Called Death hits VOD May 24th this week, in theaters June 28th. Curious?

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  • Looks good this, a sad reality of the music business. From knowing people who collect soul music, you constantly hear stories like this, people making two demos that are stuck in an attic til a collector comes looking because the singer had to survive and got a real job. But we've heard the story since the Blues.
  • octopus9498
    Oh God. Here we go again with the use of "badass" as an adjective. Lame Alex. Totally lame. Oh, and lazy too. Uncreative? How about amateurish? When are you going to get out a dictionary? Or how about at least a little creative plagiarism? Even that would be better than using "badass" as an adjective in everything you write.
    • So many haters of Alex, sometimes I wonder why he puts himself through this, but then I'm reminded that he must really love film to put up with people like you constantly.
    • grimjob
      Get over yourself.
  • grimjob
    Yes Alex, indeed it does look badass, despite what some smug assholes might say.
  • Sluggo
    Looks good in spite of Henry Rollins (once again) sticking his ugly mug in another punk rock documentary.




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