Shit, this is cool.
Drafthouse Films’ latest release, A BAND CALLED DEATH is a documentary 42 years in the making. It’s one of the most unlikely true stories you’ll ever hear, and one of the greatest triumphs in rock history. Detroit, 1971. Three teenage brothers, Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney dabbled in playing funk music, but after they attended a particularly thunderous Alice Cooper performance, the Hackneys’ group “Rock Fire Funk Express” gradually transformed into an entirely different band…a band called DEATH.
Their sound was tight, compelling and formidably unique. Death’s rampaging drive was clearly “punk,” but the Ramones were still years from striking their first power chord. After months of rejections from record companies, someone reached out to the group with an offer... if they agreed to change their name. The answer was no. After years of disappointment and still no recording contract, they had no battle left in them. Death sold off their instruments and disbanded, with their recordings laying dormant in an attic for years.Or so they thought. In 2008, Death songs began making the rounds virally across the internet. Bobby and Dannis remained unaware. Collectors went rabid, the recordings were pulled from the attic, and it wasn’t long before the world finally caught up with the band’s unparalleled, innovatory vision.
And now see Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett’s electrifying rock doc and SXSW ‘13 Audience Award-winning A BAND CALLED DEATH on Monday, June 24th at 6:00PM at the Drafthouse Ritz. Following the one-off advance screening and Q&A with the filmmakers, the now-legendary re-formed Death will take the stage at The Parish (214 E 6th St) at 9:30PM (doors open at 8pm). You can experience Death live on the screen and stage for just $25. Tickets to attend only the Death concert portion of the evening at The Parish are available for just $15.6:00 PM - A Band Called Death Advance Screening and Q&A
8:00 PM - Doors open at The Parish
8:30 PM - Opening band takes the stage
9:30 PM - Death