A Band Called Death

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Drag City, we’ve been bumpin’ Death at Sweat for a while. Every time a Death song plays in the shop, a customer asks what it is and is shocked to find out when and where it came from. Naturally, we were stoked to find out that O Cinema planned to screen A Band Called Death – the documentary about the punk band that pre-dated punk yet remained anonymous for decades. Check out the synopsis/showtimes below and the trailer here. If you like punk/rock music (history), don’t miss this screening!

“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 hoped 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 it 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.”

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A Band Called Death at O Cinema Wynwood
Thu, June 27th @ 7pm
Fri, June 28th @ 9:15pm
Sat, June 29th @ 5pm, 9pm & 11pm
Sun, June 30th @ 5pm & 9pm