Desaparecidos Origin Omaha, Nebraska, US Genres Emo, post-hardcore, indie rock Years active 2001–2002, 2010 Labels Saddle Creek Records Past members Conor Oberst
The band's sound was labeled "full-on emo-in-the-garage" by Alternative Press, "the sort of howlingly tuneful Midwestern punk that disappeared with Hüsker Dü" by Entertainment Weekly, "anthemic thrash" by Rolling Stone, and as such is noted for its sonic differences from Oberst's primary band. They have also been hailed as the "Saddle Creek supergroup". Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos' lyrics are mostly about the sociopolitical state of affairs in America.
The band has been both lauded and criticized for its intentionally raw sound following the release of Read Music/Speak Spanish. In sharp contrast to Bright Eyes' confessional, even sometimes mournful vocals, Conor Oberst's vocals in Desaparecidos' songs were much more characteristic of post-hardcore: angular, energetic and engaging.
"Desaparecidos" means literally "the ones who disappeared" in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a reference to people who were arrested by various South American military governments and then vanished without a trace. From 1976 to 1983 in Argentina, for example, 30,000 people vanished without a trace as part of the Dirty War driven by the military junta that was in power.
Desaparecidos broke up in 2002 while the band was attracting an increasingly large following, especially touring with Jimmy Eat World and The Promise Ring and being the feature of an MTV You Hear it First episode. However, Oberst did not have the time to dedicate to the band with the continually increasing success of Bright Eyes. Oberst continued to record with Bright Eyes, while the other members of Desaparecidos went on to form other projects. Matt Baum was in The '89 Cubs, but currently drums for Race for Titles and the Coffin Killers; Ian McElroy is Rig 1; Denver Dalley is in Statistics and Intramural; Landon Hedges is currently in Little Brazil; and Casey Scott is Goldensection.
Desaparecidos reunited for a single show at the Concert for Equality in Omaha's Benson neighborhood on July 31, 2010.
- Conor Mullen Oberst - vocals, guitar
- Landon Hedges - bass guitar, vocals (later replaced by Casey Scott)
- Matt Baum - drums
- Denver Dalley - guitar
- Ian McElroy - keyboards
Singles and EPs
- The Happiest Place on Earth (2001 · Saddle Creek Records)
- What's New For Fall (2001 · Wichita Recordings)
Both EPs contain the same tracks in a different order.
- NE vs. NC (2002 · Redemption Recording Co.)
- song: "What's New for Fall"
- songs: "Man and Wife, the Latter (Damaged Goods)," "Popn' Off at the F"
- Punk Rock Strike Volume Three: Third Strike (2002 · Springman Records)
- song: "The Happiest Place On Earth"
- Liberation: Songs to Benefit PETA (2003 · Fat Wreck Chords)
- song: "Man and Wife, the Latter (Damaged Goods)"
- ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=2898966
- ^ http://www.theroundtableonline.com/2010/07/desaparecidos-reunite-at-concert-for-equality/
- ^ Dirty War, Argentina, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/argentina.htm
- ^ http://lazy-i.com/2010/08/live-review-concert-for-equality-pt-1-conduits/
Studio albums Other albums Singles and EPsBright Eyes / Squadcar 96 · Every Day and Every Night · Motion Sickness · Oh Holy Fools · 3 New Hit Songs From Bright Eyes · Don't Be Frightened of Turning the Page · There Is No Beginning to the Story · 3 More Hit Songs From Bright Eyes · One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels · "Lua" · Take It Easy (Love Nothing) · When the President Talks to God · First Day of My Life · Easy/Lucky/Free · Susan Miller Rag · Four Winds · Hot Knives · Singularity · Jejune Stars Conor Oberst solo Related articles ArtistsArt in Manila · Azure Ray · Eric Bachmann · Beep Beep · Bright Eyes · Broken Spindles · Criteria · Cursive · Desaparecidos · The Faint · Orenda Fink · The Good Life · Sebastien Grainger · Georgie James · Land of Talk · Mayday · Neva Dinova · Now It's Overhead · The Rural Alberta Advantage · Son, Ambulance · Sorry About Dresden · Maria Taylor · Tokyo Police Club · Two Gallants Related artistsThe '89 Cubs · The Bruces · Commander Venus · Consafos · Coyote Bones · Gabardine · Head of Femur · Neutral Milk Hotel · Simon Joyner · Little Brazil · Lullaby for the Working Class · Park Ave. · Polecat · Rilo Kiley · Rock Plaza Central · Slowdown Virginia · Smashmouth · Tilly and the Wall · We'd Rather Be Flying · The White Octave · The Weakerthans · Related topics
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