City Slang: A Band Called Death

A film called A Band Called Death, chronicling the weird and wonderful story of the punk band Death, will be screened at SXSW.

According to the press release, “The film 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. A theatrical and VOD release for A Band Called Death is scheduled for this summer.

“Joining A Band Called Death at SXSW, will be the Hackney's children's band, Rough Francis; rock'n'roll truly runs deep in this family. Rough Francis is comprised of Bobby Hackney's 3 sons, Urian, Julian & Bobby Jr., along with Dylan Giambatista & Steven Williams. The band boasts anthemic punk rock songs, like their father & uncles made in the 70's. Although it may seem unfair to compare the Hackney children to their family, Rough Francis has provided the missing link to finding new fans & telling Death's story. Rough Francis has toured with Mos Def, OFF! & will be making their SXSW debut this year. They recently self-released a new album, Maximum Soul Power.”

“Howlett and Covino’s film rewrites punk history and also transforms a better-than-fiction music story into a moving, emotional story,” says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Hunsey , “and we are thrilled to be introducing the legacy of Death to audiences around the country.”

“I attended my first screening at the original Alamo Drafthouse more than ten years ago and am very excited all these years later to be working with Drafthouse Films” states producer Matthew Perniciaro “Their passion for this film has been apparent since day one and we couldn’t be working with a better partner to get Death’s story out into the world.”

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