by Faith Bennett
Saddle Creek is known for it’s pulling of teen heart strings, particularly in the early 2000s, but post-hardcore band Desaparecidos struck a different chord. Named after famed South American leftists, the band’s political lyrics were always far cries from the more relationship based content of Cursive or Bright Eyes. As Bright Eyes picked up more momentum and other founding member Denver Dalley grew busy with his other outfits, Desaparecidos went on a long hiatus. But in 2013 the band is making somewhat of a comeback with two new songs and a supporting tour. Dalley was able to discuss the new and old with EU.
Originally the band came into existence when all the members, who grew up together in Omaha, starting hanging out “in a band room rather than a friend’s house or bar” and the loud angry rock was just naturally happened. Dalley also separates Desaparecidos from his other work saying “I feel like the other things are more projects, this is more of a band. And its my first band too. It’s kind of like a first love.”
Though he mentions multiple times that everyone in the band really just loves hanging out and touring together, he is also excited by “the idea of a song that makes you wanna ask around or research what they’re singing about, that’s one of the best things you can do with songs.” Desaparecidos released a song last year called “Marikkkopa” that was written from the perspective of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz and is about the department’s treatment of undocumented immigrants which Dalley thinks could give potential for misunderstanding but, he says, “Even that’s kind of good in the long run because once again, you’re making people think and making people consider things and research things and go online and post about things.” “They’res so many wonderful songs out there on the radio that are great songs, and they way they’re made is great. But the lyric content is just kind of like ‘I don’t even know what they’re talking about or what the point was.'”
For Dalley,being in the kind of band that does inspire such online research is gratifying. Of the touring process, he notes that being on stage performing is the best part and that its almost like the 23 restless hours on the road are what the musicians are really getting paid for. He even says that the band does still feel a connection with the songs they wrote ten years ago and tour with today. “They’res definitely some that were B-sides that we don’t play, but even ten years ago those were B-sides.” The political mainstays though, he does feel “are still relevant now.” What is interesting is the amount of fans that have amassed while the band was on hiatus. Though Dalley says he doesn’t often get a chance to go into crowds and recognize people from the early 2000s he has noticed people posting online about not being old enough to get into venues to see Desaparecidos “which means they must have been, you know seven, when the album came out.” He attributes that to hardly touring when the album first did come out while Dalley and Oberst both gained larger audiences individually leading to the initial album, Read Music/Speak Spanish, getting passed around more.
Lately Desaparecidos have realized two new songs to be pressed on a 7-inch. The songs, “Anonymous” and “The Left Is Right” are easily introduced by their titles alone but the band is best introduced by their first record which they will still be singing songs from when they perform in Orlando on the 19th.