Desaparecidos w/The So So Glos Tonight at Cannery Ballroom



Back in 2002, emo figurehead Conor Oberst teamed up with occasional Nashvillian Denver Dalley and three other punk journeymen to release Read Music/Speak Spanish, the first (and only, to date) Desaparecidos LP. If you'll forgive me for going first-person for a moment, I'll just say that it was precisely the sort of distortion-ensconced, overtly political, angst-laid-on-thick rock record that I — a high school junior with plenty of bangs and angst and righteous indignation — could get behind.

After a decade-long hiatus, Oberst & Co. have relaunched the band, and they'll play tonight at Cannery Ballroom. Contributor Ryan Burleson spoke with Dalley about Desaparecidos' hiatus, return and desire to "start a conversation" about politics amid their fans. Read Burleson's feature here. Here's an excerpt:

"The reason we went our separate ways was that it just didn't feel like it was the right time," Dalley tells the Scene by phone. The five-piece vanished almost as suddenly as they had arrived, exiting at a time when punk rock continued to wane as a galvanizing force. Moreover, as Oberst told Spin last year, Desaparecidos' message, which was critical of American hubris at a time of fervid patriotism, wasn't particularly well received in the wake of Sept. 11's grisly attacks.

In 2010, Desaparecidos resurfaced in their home state of Nebraska to perform at an event called Concert for Equality. The event protested a law under consideration in the state that would emulate SB 1070, Arizona's now-infamous piece of anti-immigration legislation. That statute, which effectively attempted to legalize racial profiling, prompted the band to write "MariKKKopa," a searing, laser-guided indictment of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the brutal tactics he and his "posse" used to eradicate illegal immigration in Maricopa County.

For now, at least, the days of writing with a novelist's sense of remove are through. Desaparecidos have since released five additional songs in short bursts via the Internet that are just as specific and anthemic as "MariKKKopa," taking on the greed of Wall Street and major labels, and supporting the hacking group Anonymous and the young Chilean student protest leader Camila Vallejo. "We think she's a complete badass," Dalley says.

Hear "Te Amo Camila Vallejo" below. Tonight's show costs $25 and starts at 9 p.m. The So So Glos — recently described by The Spin as "straight-forward pop-punk band, which is fine!" — appear in support.

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