Conor Oberst's Desaparecidos play the Beacham
After a decade of dormancy, the sociopolitical band reunites
Published: February 13, 2013
Since regrouping, the band has produced a handful of fresh songs. "MariKKKopa" sets its targets on Sheriff Joe Arpaio – the most polarizing figure in Maricopa County, Ariz. – and his policies on immigration. "The Left Is Right" makes impassioned references to protests on statehouse steps, Robin Hood ideologies and taking baseball bats to limos. "Anonymous" excitedly takes up the cause for the Internet collective of the same name. Guitars still boom and simmer, keyboards still squeal, and Oberst still spills his social anxieties. Absolutely nothing about the band's angle has changed.
Today, Dalley is 31. Even though a decade passed between the group's flurries of activity, he hasn't changed his mind about anything Oberst portrayed in Desaparecidos or any decisions the outfit has made.
"Desaparecidos has always kind of been an anomaly. It barely was a band. I think we had done maybe one-and-a-half tours, basically, so [Read Music] was a record that mainly was passed around. It's bizarre how 10 years later, the songs are still relevant, and we still have the same chemistry. There are so many odd things about it that shouldn't probably work, but it does for some reason. As far as my views go, I don't think anything's changed. I think there's more to comment on," he says. "Also, there's kind of a void [for this sort of band], but people need something like that. As impressive as bands with all kinds of backing tracks and synths [are] – which I personally love, also – there's something about just seeing the loud rock show that will never be irrelevant or go away."
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