A good friend and skilled writer, Marc Reichardt regularly shares his thoughts and opinion over at Dichotomous Purity. One of my favorite topics that Marc covers is an in-depth review and analysis of each episode of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Additionally, Marc shares from time to time what music he is listening to, and that got me thinking.
So much of the punk scene in Detroit is of the goth genre, so it is refreshing to hear a local band churning out garage-band inspired punk. I guess that you’d call Protomartyr’s music post-punk, but I’ve been a fan since first getting turned on to the band in 2012. Most recently, I’ve been reading a growing number of positive reviews as a result of their appearance at SXSW. Their most recent releases are available on iTunes.
A co-worker turned me on to Death (yes, that’s the name of the band) in January of this year. The band was formed in 1971 by the Hackney brothers. After hearing the story of how their music had been discarded in the 70’s and was re-discovered 30 years later in the attic of an old home in the city of Detroit captured my attention. The two of us immediately downloaded the documentary “A Band Called Death” and watched it during lunch – it remains one of the best movies that I’ve seen in the past year. If you haven’t seen it, then go download it on Amazon and watch it immediately. The music has been on constant rotation in my car since… I cannot get enough!
Graves provided the vocals for the 1997 release American Psycho and 1999’s Famous Monsters for The Misfits. In 2013, he released a re-visioning of much of this music on The Lost Skeleton Returns, and then followed up with a release of an acoustic version of the entire album. Although the Danzig led music will always be my favorite Misfits fare, it’s a return to a chapter in the Misfits story that is very much worth the time and energy.
That’s it for this time around… go and be intentional.