The first time I heard their song –"Rock-N-Roll Victim"– is from Nick Allbrook's mixtape. At first I thought, "what a weird but addictive song.". It turns out that the people behind that song are these brothers in the documentary.
Interesting documentary on the alternate genesis of punk rock. The music itself is pretty good too, and it definitely raises question as to if this is the first real punk band. The band has an interesting story, and it is rather miraculous that this had never been heard before. Other than that not much else in the presentation to praise, but the subject is good enough for that not to matter too much.
The narrative of (and around) the movie is confusing - somehow the band was simultaneously unrecognized and an important influence on the development of punk rock. It seems to me that you can be one or the other, and thus the claims being made about the band are outsized. On the other hand, it is a fine documentary if it is taken to be about a family and a band's dynamics rather than this band as unsung heroes.
"David's crackin' up wherever he is." I really enjoyed the overall structure of this documentary from how the band started, to the passing of David, and the band together again after 40 years. And then David says ""Okay, hold it, wait. What if I told you the ultimate trip was death?"
Decent doc. Not sure of the big deal about these guys. The Stooges were def around before them. The Monks, a 60s band, were more punk than these dudes. Not understanding their blind following of every whim of their weirdo bro David either. Music is overhyped to me, but a very interesting story on a personal level. Maybe being an only child I just dont get it, but I am a musician, still seems weird. Worth a look
Even if you aren't a fan of Death's psychedelic brand of quasi-religious, jam-band punk rock, the story of the three brothers from Detroit who set out to form a band and change the world is indelibly etched and still relevant today. The fact that the sons are carrying on the fathers' legacies is affecting. Yet, it's a bit slight once you get past that premise. 3.5 stars
Death... For all the whole world to see. "Artistic Integrity. Full Circle. All heart. These terms are a summation of both the band and the film that exposes their compelling story." - Iann Robinson, Crave.