Detroit protopunk trio Death comes to the Rickshaw
It’s not often that a band that has been defunct for decades gets pulled out of complete obscurity and resurrected. In fact, it’s hard to imagine an act more obscure than the Detroit protopunk trio Death, which was active through most of the ’70s but disbanded without releasing an album. Well, disbanded isn’t exactly the right word. The band, comprising the three Hackney brothers, changed its name and became a gospel-rock outfit. Before that, however, the Hackneys did record at least part of an album, which Drag City Records somehow discovered and released in 2009 as …For the Whole World to See. Since then, Death has come back to life—with the exception of guitarist David Hackney, who died for real in 2000. He has been replaced by Bobbie Duncan, who will join singer-bassist Bobby Duncan and drummer Dannis Duncan as Death version 2.0 plays the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday (November 1).