Detroit, Michigan's DEATH FROM DETROIT are living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can prevail in an ever changing music industry. By aligning their unwavering dedication with a signature sound, DEATH was conceived by band leader and Guitarist David Hackney in 1973. Although no one at the time would disagree that the unique Rock-N-Roll sound of DEATH was revolutionary, the name stirred controversy and mixed reactions. Despite the fact that one of the music industry's most well known and powerful record label executives offered DEATH a possible deal in 1975, if they considered changing their name, David still refused, staying true to their concept, vision and inspiration. The band managed to get the master recordings back in their possession and released a 45 vinyl record in 1976, which launched the band and their music on an incredible 35 year journey. In 2008, DEATH's music was rediscovered and noted by Rock historians as the sound that pre-dated the "Punk" movement.
Rebelmatic is easily one of the most important modern Black punk/hardcore bands playing and recording today. Their appearance at Afropunk in 2017 was lauded by many of being a saving grace of a festival many felt had left its Black rock and alt roots. That appearance was featured in NYLON Magazine and the band’s frontman Creature was quoted by The Talking Heads’ David Byrne on the importance of Afropunk.
Just a few weeks following the festival, the band released their latest EP, Eat the Monster, both commentary and indictment as the band tackles topics invading our news cycles. The band celebrated the release with a legendary live performance on TRU TV’s The Chris Gethard Show (click to view performance), and a release party at seminal NYC downtown rock venue, Bowery Electric. They ended the celebration with a live appearance on local NYC cable station BRIC.
Rebelmatic fashioned themselves from the rubble of the New York heavy rock scene abandoned by gentrification and the unlikely infiltration of pop music on the NYC underground... and quickly found themselves a refreshing addition to NewYork night life. They have become an iconic band with fans including HR of Bad Brains, and Angelo Moore of Fishbone.
Thaylobleu is a DC based rock band founded by Terence”Sub-Z” Nicholson in 2011. Their sound can best be described as “Classic Rock with a Punk aroma” or “tough love”. They regularly perform in the DMV area, New York, Philly and Baltimore. Thaylobleu’s performances are celebrations of the rich tradition of DC Rock music. Nicholson has previously recorded and toured with Saxophonist, Steve Coleman, pianist Omar Sosa and hip hop band, Opus Akoben. Thaylobleu is currently working on their latest songs which follows their 2016 release, “Oscars and Jellyfish”.