Desaparecidos – The Button Factory, Thursday February 7th

‘Conor Oberst’s good band’ Desaparecidos play the Button Factory on Thursday and we’ve just gotten our hands on a couple of tickets for you to win.

Desaparecidos is a post hardcore band from Nebraska. It is a project headed by singer/guitarist Conor Oberst, the frontman of the indie folk band Bright Eyes.

The band’s sound was labeled “full-on emo-in-the-garage” by Alternative Press, “the sort of howlingly tuneful Midwestern punk that disappeared with Hüsker Dü” by Entertainment Weekly, “anthemic thrash” by Rolling Stone, and as such is noted for its sonic differences from Oberst’s primary band. They have also been hailed as the “Saddle Creek supergroup”. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos’ lyrics are mostly about the sociopolitical state of affairs in America.

The band was noted for its intentionally raw sound following the release of Read Music/Speak Spanish. In sharp contrast to Bright Eyes’ confessional, even sometimes mournful vocals, Conor Oberst’s vocals in Desaparecidos’ songs were much more characteristic of post-hardcore: angular, energetic and engaging.

“Desaparecidos” means literally “disappeared ones” in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a reference to leftists who were arrested by various South American military governments and then vanished without a trace. From 1976 to 1983 in Argentina, for example, 30,000 people vanished without a trace as part of the Dirty War driven by the military junta that was in power.

Desaparecidos broke up in 2002 while the band was attracting an increasingly large following, especially touring with Jimmy Eat World and The Promise Ring and being the feature of an MTV You Hear it First episode. However, Oberst did not have the time to dedicate to the band with the continually increasing success of Bright Eyes. Oberst continued to record with Bright Eyes, while the other members of Desaparecidos went on to form other projects.

In April 2012, the band launched an official website and it was announced they would reunite to play Omaha’s MAHA Fest. In August 2012 the band embarked on a short summer tour, playing several shows together, their first since 2002.

POD Presents
7:30pm, Thursday 7th February
The Button Factory, Temple Bar
Tickets are €20 including booking fee from Ticketmaster and

If you’d like a chance to win a pair of tickets just send an email with DESAPARECIDOSTICKETSPLEASE as its subject to [email protected] by midnight on Tuesday 5th February.

You can also see Conor Oberst play a solo performance at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday night.

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