News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by

'A Band called Death,' playing punk rock before there was punk rock

Vintage picture of the band Death.
Vintage picture of the band Death.

Listen to story

Download this story 33MB

Before punk was a thing - there was Death. We're not talking about actual death, but a band called Death. Bobby, Dennis and David Hackney, three brothers from Detroit, created a unique and unusual sound. 

They suffered setbacks and tragedy, but now the band is going through a resurgence. Much of the credit can go to the he award-winning documentary, "A Band Called Death," that told their story. It was directed by Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett. Here's the trailer for the film: 


In 2000, David Hackney passed away, but because of the documentary and a lot of renewed interest in the band, they reformed with guitarist Bobby Duncan. They stopped by the studio recently and talked to A Martinez.