A Band Called Death

“Less about punk than family and brotherhood and believing in what you create enough to not compromise and never throw it away.” — Jay Seaver, eFilmCritic.com

Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 96 mins

Producers: Mark Covino, Jeff Howlett, Scott Mosier, Matthew Perniciaro, Kevin Mann, Jerry Ferrara
Photography: Mark Covino
Editor: Rich Fox
Music: Death, Sam Retzer, Tim Boland
Colour and B&W/DCP 

With: David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr, Dannis Hackney, Brian Spears, Heidi Simpson, Bobby Hackney Jr, Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins

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 name – too intimidating, and the group disbanded before they even completed an album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, this touching, heartfelt doco 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. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell, the first punk band!) and finally receiving long-overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. — Ant Timpson