FILM: 3 Good Reasons You Need to Know ‘A Band Called Death’
BEFORE THERE WAS PUNK … DETROIT’S HACKNEY BROTHERS ROCKED
David, Dannis and Bobby Sr. The three brothers were so far ahead of their time, it makes your head spin watching their life story unfold in the powerful documentary, A Band Called Death. Available on DVD and Blu-ray this month, the film chronicles the epic journey of three Black teens who formed a revolutionary band in their bedroom before anyone even knew what punk was or heard of the Ramones, Sex Pistols or Bad Brains.
The Hackney brothers grew up in the 70s during the Motown era and just as disco was emerging. It proved fatefully tragic for their in-your-face sound and moniker. They pressed a single, but never landed a contract or record label’s full support. Eventually, like so many others, the dream was deferred and they disbanded with little fanfare. Sound familiar?
More than 30 years later, just as frontman and visionary David Hackney predicted, “one day the world is gonna come looking for this music.” Sadly, he died of lung cancer in 2000, making this far more poignant when a “dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic” and into the hands of a more appreciative audience. The real star of the film, though, is cloaked in love and perseverance and shows the strength of a family bond that reached into the next generation.
Two special editions of the DVD release will include vinyl re-pressings of the band’s 1976 single, Politicians in My Eyes. Special nod to those faithful record collectors still out there.
A Band Called Death: http://abandcalleddeath.com/#store