Death returned Friday (June 12) to the Empty Bottle, sounding stronger and more confident than the group was back in 2009 at the same venue. This new version of Death — including two of the original members who made some fantastic protopunk recordings in Detroit in the mid-1970s — even played a couple of new songs, for an album that’s in the works. The incredible story of this band is chronicled in the documentary A Band Called Death.
Friday’s opening acts included Tutu and the Pirates, one of the original Chicago punk bands — and they, too, are making new music. They’re one of many groups featured in another fine documentary, You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984.