Drafthouse Films release’s a Rockumentary about a band that never had a chance in the early 70’s, A Band Called Death


Growing up in Los Angeles and getting to see such punk bands as Black flag, The Exploited, GBH, Ramones and countless other icons, I love me a feel good rockumentary about the punk music scene… Well it kind of is feel good.

Three teenage brothers from Detroit marching to the beat of their own speed drummer in the early 70’s had an uphill battle when Motown and Disco was king.

It was Punk before punk existed.

Title: A BAND CALLED DEATH  (Free Mp3 Download below)



Theatrical Release Date: JUNE 28, 2013 and stay tuned for a screening and concert series organized soon.


Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. 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.



Drafthouse Films

Destroying the barriers between grindhouse and art-house.

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of the controversial black comedy Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.”

The film roster includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar® nomiee BULLHEAD, twisted dark comedy and SXSW ’13 Midnighter Audience Award winner CHEAP THRILLS, critically acclaimed and chilling Werner Herzog and Errol Morris produced documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), the recently unearthed wreck-wave of ‘80s TaeKwonDo actioner Miami Connection, the Australian landmark thriller WAKE IN FRIGHT, fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux’s Sundance 2012 comedy WRONG, the better-than-fiction rockumentary A BAND CALLED DEATH and together with producing partners Magnolia Pictures and Timpson Films, the nutzoid anthology horror film THE ABCs OF DEATH.

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