Sunday, July 10, 2011


Desaparecidos was a short lived punkish band featuring Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame. Now, say what you want about Conor being either annoying as fuck or a musical genius, I don't really give a shit either way, but the dude can write songs. I used to get down with Bright Eyes to an extent, but Desaparecidos blow Bright Eyes out of the water. If you don't agree I don't care and I certainly do not want to hear about it.

I heard that Desparecidos was Saddle Creek's super group, but I have never heard of any of the other people in the band and I have also never heard of any of their other bands. Wouldnt Bright Eyes be the super group because Tim Kasher toured with them or something? It doesn't matter. I first heard this band in high school and was into it but wasnt super duper into it for whatever reason. They always held a certain mystique because the band was short lived and their sound was so much different than Bright Eyes.

As you can imagine, the vocals and lyrics are a huge part of this project. Conor is still all sad and stuff, but alot of these songs have alot of social and political satire and commentary. Alot of Cursive-esque references to marriage and stuff, talks about money and stuff too. Musically its super 90's alterna-punk like At The Drive-In and stuff like that. Chordy rhthyems, hardcore and punk dynamics to an extent, keyboards, punk/pop punk drums with Conor Oberest singing in a bathtub full of ice.

The band got back together last year for some festival or something in Omaha. I havn't looked for videos of it but I can imagine it was pretty cool. I also read somewhere, but I didn't check the date of the article, that they may have another full length recorded and ready to go but they are just sitting on it because they feel like it.

Below is all of their songs. They were featured on like two additional compilations or something but the songs are all recycled. We have for your listening pleasure their fully "Read Music / Speak Spanish", their single of "The Happiest Place on Earth" which had two unreleased jams on the B- side, and a Saddle Creek compilation with two Desaparecidos songs, one of which was exclusive. All their junk is on Saddle Creek, listen to it and let the angst flow through your veins. Video is from that reunion show last year.



The Happiest Place On Earth

Saddle Creek 50 part 1 & 2

Read Music / Speak Spanish

1 comment:

The Hermit said...

One of the best bands of all time - seriously, I can't even believe this is Conor. Thanks for posting the saddle creek track & for spreading the word