The European, Asian and Latin American VOD premiere of festival favorite A Band Called Death will be on June 5th on Vimeo on Demand. Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s riveting rockumentary chronicles rebirth and rise to cult stardom of early-’70s African-American “proto-punk” trio Death, following a new generation’s discovery of a virtually unheard demo tape more than 30 years later.
The film is still touring the international festival circuit and has won multiple awards including the Audience Award at South by Southwest last year.
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in 1971 by three teenage brothers in Detroit, Michigan, the African-American group is widely acknowledged as being one of the first punk bands. After years of struggling with canceled contracts, increasing debts,inner family tragedy, and a controversial name that barred them from future success, Death sold off their instruments and disbanded with their recordings lying dormant in an attic for decades. After years of silence, Death’s moment finally arrived following unexpected demand from rabid internet fans and record collectors, which ushered renowned appreciation and a swarm of national media attention that has now secured their place in the annals of rock history. Detroit-born Jack White of The White Stripes said in the New York Times: “the first time the stereo played [Death] I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.”
The film will be available under following link: vimeo.com/ondemand/death. The film will be available for one week rent (2,93 EUR) and as a download (9,55 EUR).
A music documentary by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino; Featuring Bobby Hackney Sr., Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, Bobbie Duncan, Bobby Hackney Jr., Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, Elijah Wood, Ahmir ‘questlove’ Thompson