I’ll be honest right here. I went to catch Desaparecidos out of nostalgia, which I think was probably the case for a lot of people. When I left, however, I felt something different. Aside from my ears ringing, I sort of felt bad.
You can read on for my comments and see Brian’s photos from the pit.
We’re going off the deep end here with a bit of a different look at our next featured artist for our Austin City Limits Festival coverage. The band is a sort of super-group, made up of renowned musicians in the indie world, and we’ve borrowed some ideas from our great friends over at theManyFacesOf.com. Hopefully you enjoy this feature, and without further ado, we introduce you to The Many Faces Of Monsters of Folk. Follow the jump for more.
In all honestly, I had probably written Desaparecidos off entirely, putting them away for the better part of the rest of my life. It’s not that I dislike the album, in fact, quite the opposite. I probably played their own album Read Music/Speak Spanish at least once a day for the better part of two years. Recently the band made headlines reuniting to protest Arizona immigration, as well as similar policies in their home state of Nebraska. I busted the record out again, and it fits perfectly with my new attitude of more rock, less electronics. No one shredded it with such political angst, which still remains relevant today, if you listen closely to the lyrics. Oh, and they had some dude in their band named Conor Oberst, who doesn’t sound all country, like that guy with the Mystic Valley Band. This is probably one of the greatest pieces of music to ever come out of Omaha, and that says a lot considering the rich heritage of the town. Who knows, the way Rick Perry runs this state, maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll reunite to overthrow that Texan dictator.
Download: Desaparecidos – The Happiest Place On Earth [MP3]