Death's Bobby Hackney: "We Never Thought We Would See This Kind of Appreciation"
If you hadn't heard of Death before 2012, don't feel bad. Until recently (read: within the last couple years), few rock 'n' roll fans were familiar with the Detroit garage rockers/proto-punks, who were, at best, a minor footnote in rock history.
Courtesy Photo Death is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 5, at The Pressroom.
Then, a little documentary by filmmakers Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett called A Band Called Death debuted in L.A. around two years ago. And everyone became familiar with siblings Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, and David Hackney.
They've rode the wave of newfound fame ever since, including touring venues around the U.S. This Saturday, Death rides into The Pressroom for their first-ever Phoenix gig. It's an improbable show at a new venue, so don't feel bad if you don't know much about the band, the venue, or why it so cool.
Up On the Sun caught up with bass player Bobby Hackney to talk a little bit about the band, their history, and what's happening now.
Take us back to the days when the band was creating the majority of your tunes. What kind of reaction did you expect to get from your audience?
The kind of reaction we expected was really geared toward radio airplay. We just wanted people to hear that Death was a great rock 'n' roll band with a new and fresh rock 'n' roll sound.
Your story is amazing and the documentary had tears in my eyes, both of sadness and joy, at different times. What kind of reaction did you think you were going to get while making the film?
We were not sure. We knew that it was going to be something special once we begin to see footage as the filming progressed. The filmmakers Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino really did their research and got into the spirit and mind of our brother David, our Death story, and the fabric of our family. That's what really made it special.