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
Any fan of punk should watch this to learn the story. But it gets pretty preachy and religiousy throughout. Sign of the times I suppose. Ironic that a proto-punk band would be so religion focused when a large portion of the current scene is anti-religion. Good watch overall.
Found the story interesting in general, and could also sense hearing some of the pioneer punk sounds. But never bought into some overlooked greatness. It seemed to me that they might have done better as a band, not having been compelled to follow their founding brother's every cosmic whim toward success.
A Band Called Death This Documentary is a fascinating look at some of the earliest roots of what can be classified as Punk rock. Always engaging the only thing that keeps it from being a perfect documentary for me is the sense of exploitation I got from the other brothers legacy. Not quite a portrait of a band or an exhaustive history of their music this documentary treads the line between and is enjoyable.
"This is where death was born." There is a good devotion to allowing the voice of all of the members of the band be heard. Each of their perspectives can be understood. The mythos of the band, their origins, and iconography are all well explained in a fresh and clean way. I appreciate the work being done in this respect. The real star is their music that is slipped in and gives the whole film an atmospheric theme.
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.