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A Band Called Death (2013)

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Critic Consensus: A Band Called Death is not only a fascinating portrait of a pioneering rock group, but also a tribute to family ties and perseverance in the face of hardship.

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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 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 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. (c) Drafthouse

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An especially pointed variation on one of music's most oft-told tales: A band formed ahead of its time sits in muffled obscurity while others reap the harvest of what it first planted.

August 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Fortunately, Bobby and Dannis, the surviving brothers, prove genial company.

July 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

If the brothers seem a little drunk on their own myth, they're also genuinely humbled by the band's rediscovery and warmed by the fact that their kids have carried on the family tradition.

July 3, 2013 | Full Review…

A Band Called Death shines the light on a previously unexplored corner of musical history and does it in an accessible, straightforward manner.

July 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5

Death never got very far, and their story is a fascinating one, told beautifully by Jeff Howlett and Mark Christopher Covino.

July 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Their story can feel almost too ready-made for the telling, but it's well worth a listen.

June 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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