Published Feb 24, 2012Before there was punk, there was Death, a frequently ignored Detroit band from the mid-'70s who played an aggressive variant on garage rock long before that was a cool thing to do. Following the 2009 release of their long-forgotten ...For the Whole World to See, the band have now returned with a new single and plans for a new studio full-length.
Following an initial break-up in 1977, the current incarnation of Death features founding members Bobby and Dannis Hackney, along with new guitarist Bobbie Duncan (who replaces Bobby and Dannis's brother David, who died of cancer in 2000). Their stomping new single -- and first since 1976 -- is called "Relief" and is due out on February 27, but you can hear it now over at Rolling Stone.
"The message of the song is rock'n'roll brings on relief," bassist Bobby told the publication. "Relief from the mundane, relief from the ordinary and definitely rock'n'roll has always been associated with relief from work. You know, when you come to the end of the workweek, and let's say it's Friday morning, and you're starting to feel that relief. I mean, who can't relate to that?"
He added that this single will be a precursor to a full-length that contains "a mixture of songs from the Death archive of the '70s and new and current songs." If all goes according to plan, the as-yet-untitled new album will be out sometime later this year.
As previously reported, Death and filmmaker Jeff Howlett are currently putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the band's revival called Where Do We Go From Here? The film is reportedly being produced by Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Roc-A-Fella business mogul Damon Dash. And while no firm release date for the documentary has been revealed, you can watch a trailer below.
"People seem to love the Death story, and I think the Death story is going to continue to unfold," said Bobby.
On top of all Death's other plans, the band revealed that fans can expect the group to tour in 2012. However, as of yet, no dates have been announced.