May CD of The Month
Over the past few years, Death have seen a revival of their 70s material thanks to Chicago label Drag City, and this rediscovery comes to a close with their new release “III.” Showcasing the softer, funkier side of their proto-punk sound, “III” is further documentation that the Hackney brothers were a crucial part of the development of punk.
Originally a trio of brothers from Detroit, Death disbanded in 1977 after seeing little commercial success. But in the years since, their style of charged ramshackle rock has influenced countless other bands, eventually causing the band to reunite in 2009. “III” consists of some of the band’s final unearthed recordings over the years, and has a raw, live quality to its sound. With songs that blend the bounciness of ska, the twanginess of country, and the harmonies of soul music, “III” both solidifies the band’s reputation as innovators while expanding their sound tremendously.
Out on Drag City Records, Death’s “III” is Radio 1190’s CDOTM for May. Radio 1190 would like to thank Bart’s Music Shack for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190’s CD of the Month Club, visit radio1190.org for all the details.