Watch an interview with Milwaukee’s “first punk band,” Death
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Nostalgia for Milwaukee’s early punk and alternative scenes is in full effect these days. Back in May, the Lest We Forget show at Turner Hall brought together dozens of long-dormant bands from the ’80s and ’90s, including Die Kreuzen, who announced yesterday it will follow up its reunion with two shows at the 2013 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. Smaller, no-less influential groups have been getting plenty of love, too. Take Death, which may possibly be Milwaukee’s first punk band. In a video interview conducted by early scene stalwart Steve Nodine, the members of Death (not to be confused with the Detroit band of a similar vintage) recall their early days of playing local clubs, being threatened in their living rooms, and “following in The Stooges tradition.”
Also worth a listen are a handful of gritty (and awesome) Death songs from the early ’70s, courtesy of our friends at MKEPunk.com. Oh, and look for our interview with Steve Nodine, who is currently putting together an oral history of Milwaukee’s early punk and alternative scene, next week. See, we weren’t kidding when we said this nostalgia thing is in full effect.