Proto-Punk Pioneers Get Their Due in 'A Band Called Death'

New documentary celebrates the Hackney brothers' influential band

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Back in 1971, brothers Bobby, David and Dannis Hackney formed a band called Death and began cutting the kind of loud, fast, ragged rock tunes that the Ramones would become famous for six years later. In the new film A Band Called Death, directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino tell the incredible story behind the Detroit trio; here, you can take an exclusive first look at its trailer.

Ignored by the major labels who wanted nothing to do with a black rock group from Detroit (let alone one named Death), the group ended up calling it quits and let their master recordings collect dust in an attic; they were rediscovered decades later and reissued on Drag City in 2009. A Band Called Death will be available on Video On Demand May 24th and will open in theaters on June 28th through Drafthouse Films.

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