For Desaparecidos fans, it’s been a few years of speculation and piecing bits of information together.
There was the reunion in 2010 and again in 2012, followed by a short tour and a string of singles. Last year there was an Epitaph Records mixtape that included the Omaha-based punk band. In November, the band reconvened to record in its hometown.
And today, finally, there are some concrete details on Desaparecidos’ second album, the follow-up to 2002’s Read Music/Speak Spanish.
As a new track, “City On The Hill” is less surprising and more refreshing. With Omaha music staples Landon Hedges, Denver Dalley, Ian McElroy and Matt Baum filling out the band’s lineup, Desaparecidos’ sound has always been a fully-formed anti-commercial punk act. And for its songwriters, it has acted as more of a side project than a main vehicle.
There has never been much room or need for intense growth. Desaparecidos is what it is: a high-aiming punk band, a specific kind of outlet for its players.
As always, the rage is palpable and the guitars are robust, colored with Dalley’s high-octave lead-work. Which makes Tim Kasher’s appearance on the track perhaps the most satisfying new information. It’s hard to hear exactly what Kasher’s role is, but we’re guessing backing vocals.
“City On The Hill” also sees Oberst stepping full into rock band frontman roll, singing huge and bright, hitting every note on the nose.
Payola also includes previously released singles “Marikkkopa,” “Backsell,” “Anonymous,” “The Left is Right,” “Te Amo Camila Vallejo” and “The Underground Man,” presumably rerecorded with Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis back in November.
In terms of features, one track also has help from Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace and another calls in So So Glos.
Desaparecidos has a handful of tour dates this month and later this summer. They’ll be playing with Brand New, Joyce Manor, Built to Spill and Touché Amoré. Check them out:
April 8 — The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver *
April 10 — The Great Saltair, Magna, Utah *
April 12 — Coachella, Indio, Calif.
April 13 — Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles #!
April 15 — Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles *^
April 16 — Regency Ballroom, San Francisco #!
April 19 — Coachella, Indio, Calif.
July 17 — Forecastle Festival, Louisville, Ky.
July 31 – Aug. 2 — Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal
Aug. 8-9 — The Wrecking Ball Festival, Atlanta
* with Brand New
# with Joyce Manor
! with Touché Amoré
^ with Built to Spill