Posted in movies | music on June 10, 2013

A Band Called Death

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.
A Band Called Death opens June 28 in limited release around the country, including NYC's Cinema Village (tickets) and then at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and MIST Harlem Cinema starting July 5. Check out the full list of cities and theaters below.

You don't have to wait that long to see it, though. BrooklynVegan is excited to be presenting a screening which will happen at Williamsburg Cinemas on June 20 at 10 PM, part of the Northside Film Festival. Our screening has limited FREE tickets but do note that a ticket does not guarantee entry. First come, first served, so come early with your ticket to make sure you get in. Limited Northside badges will also be let in. Hope to see you there!

Back in March, A Band Called Death screened at SXSW where the band played two shows, one of which was one of our day parties. As mentioned, Death will play here in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets for that are still available.

A full list of current screening dates and a trailer for the film below...

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'A BAND CALLED DEATH' Trailer

A Band Called Death - Screenings
June 28, 2013 Denver, CO Alamo Drafthouse - Littleton
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Austin, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Village
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Houston, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park
June 28 - June 30, 2013 San Antonio, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Westlakes
June 28 - July 1, 2013 Winchester, VA Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Kansas City, MO Alamo Drafthouse - Main Street
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Houston, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Mason Park
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Los Angeles, CA The Cinefamily
June 28 - July 4, 2013 New York, NY Cinema Village
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Detroit, MI Uptown Birmingham 8
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Denver, CO Sie Theater
June 28 - July 4, 2013 Phoenix, AZ Film Bar
June 28 - July 7, 2013 Chicago, IL Music Box Theatre
June 28 - July 11, 2013 Seattle, WA SIFF Cinema
July 5 - July 6, 2013 Brooklyn, NY Nitehawk Cinema
July 5 - July 11, 2013 New York, NY MIST Harlem Cinema
July 5 - July 11, 2013 San Francisco, CA Roxie Theater
July 5 - July 11, 2013 Portland, OR Hollywood Theatre
July 5 - July 11, 2013 Oakland, CA Broaklyn Film & Theater Co
July 5 - July 11, 2013 Dallas, TX Texas Theater
July 12 - July 18, 2013 Boston, MA The Brattle Theatre
July 12 - July 18, 2013 Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center
July 12 - July 18, 2013 Iowa City, IA Bijou Cinema
July 12 - July 18, 2013 Spokane, WA The Magic Lantern Theatre
July 12 - July 18, 2013 Burlington, VT Essex Cinemas
July 16, 2013 Cleveland, OH Capitol Theatre
July 19 - July 25, 2013 Greensboro, NC Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
July 26 - August 1, 2013 Providence, RI Cable Car Cinema
July 26 - August 1, 2013 New Orleans, LA Zeitgeist
July 26 - August 1, 2013 Duluth, MN Zinema 2
September 14, 16, 19, 2013 Baltimore, MD Charles Theater

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Comments (14)

I sent this info already to post on BVAustin, but Austin has a movie+performance on June 24

http://badassdigest.com/2013/05/31/austin-attend-a-concert-with-a-band-called-deaths-death/

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 11:51 AM

How does a ticket not guarantee entry? That's the entire concept of a ticket. I don't think you understand how ticketing works, so let me explain it to you: when people purchase/RSVP for a ticket it reserves their spot at an event so no one else can take it. Pretty simple stuff, huh? If you're doing first come, first served, cool. But don't then ask people to RSVP and get tickets if you're not going to honor those tickets by still letting the first group of scruffy, jobless vest-wearers into the screening based on their order in a line. That completely voids the concept of using tickets for the show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 12:12 PM

I'm gonna get my popcorn, and maybe some Sour Patch Kids, and a coke, and walk the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 12:15 PM

this is the band that had their sons open for them and they happened to be a death tribute band, right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 12:40 PM

"How does a ticket not guarantee entry?"

Dear Dummy

Free shows, TV tapings, and shit like that ALWAYS overbook their audience because other dummies like to sign up for the "free" event and then not bother showing up because, hey, it was free.

If 5 people sign up for two vacancies and decide not to show up, there are 10 empty seats. If they didn't over book, nobody would get those 10 seats. Get it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 1:10 PM

12:12, could you please identify yourself so that we can say we knew you when you decide to kill everyone?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 1:18 PM

1:10

That's just stupid. Have an RSVP. When that fills up have a waiting list. If the RSVP doesn't show up within a designated time let in the waiting list people as seats become available.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 1:53 PM

it's basically a glorified rsvp. just think of it like that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 1:55 PM

Before there was Death there was Los Saicos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 2:19 PM

Before there were "Frozen Dinners", there were "TV Dinners" - anyone know why that changed?

Posted by xTAINTx | June 10, 2013 3:17 PM

Before there was Sabra there was chickpeas.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 3:33 PM

1:18, D-FENS.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 4:24 PM

anybody else getting sick of this asshole showing up in all the comments?

http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/duffy-heydummy.gif

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2013 4:28 PM

I've listen´╗┐ the Death for a long time and they were with out a doubt a major influence on Metal bands! Spirit Crusher is in another league compared to A7X's Unholly Confession! Sorry, it's just the way it is!!

Posted by Alice | September 20, 2013 11:11 AM

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