is a band from Nebraska. It is a project headed by singer/guitarist Conor Oberst, the frontman of the indie folk band Bright Eyes.FormationFormed in 2001, "desaparecidos" literally means "disappeared ones" in Spanish and Portuguese and is a reference to the people who were arrested by various South American military dictatorships and then vanished without a trace.
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. Matt Baum was in The '89 Cubs, but currently drums for Race for Titles and the Coffin Killers; Ian McElroy is Rig 1; Denver Dalley is in Statistics and Intramural; Landon Hedges is currently in Little Brazil; and Casey Scott is Goldensection.
Desaparecidos reunited for a single show at the Concert for Equality
in Omaha's Benson neighborhood on July 31, 2010.In April 2012, the band launched an official website and it was announced they would again 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.The band released two new tracks, "MariKKKopa" and "Backsell" in August 2012, the first recorded material since their return. The song "MariKKKopa" was written in reference to Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona and his outspoken stance and civil rights abuses he's committed against undocumented immigrants.In February 2013, the band made available two tracks, "Anonymous" and "The Left is Right" via stream through Rolling Stone. The songs deal with the Anonymous hacker group and the Occupy movement. The single is set to be released March 12. On August 2nd, 2013, the band announced a new single "Te Amo Camila Vallejo", b/w "The Underground Man".Musical styleThe 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 has been both lauded and criticized for its intentionally raw sound following the release of Read Music/Speak Spanish
. In sharp contrast to Bright Eyes' confessional, even sometimes mournful lyrics, Desaparecidos's angular, energetic and engaging vocals sound like those typically heard in post-hardcore.