Monday, October 26, 2009
In 1974, Detroit based proto-punk band Death began recording an album for Columbia Records. When Columbia insisted that Death change their name, the band refused and the album that they had recorded was never released. Prior to this past February, only 500 copies of Death's only self-released 45 were in existence. However Drag City unearthed the recordings originally intended for release on Columbia Records. The songs strongly echo their influences: the Stooges and MC5 in particular. But these recordings still sound remarkably fresh and Death was certainly ahead of their time, sounding at times like a slightly heavier Thin Lizzy and at other times predicting the blistering pace of punk rock. "Keep On Knocking" would not sound too out of place on classic rock radio. It has taken 35 years for the world to finally take notice of Death but the band has even begun to tour in support of their record.