Conor Oberst Revives Desaparecidos at Webster Hall

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst revives his early post-hardcore band Desaparecidos and plays two shows at Webster Hall.

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Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst revives his early post-hardcore band Desaparecidos and plays two shows at Webster Hall. Photos by Michel Dussack
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First up was States & Kingdoms, a band that recently formed with members of other bands including Rival Schools and Thursday. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band combined typical elements of punk with other elements such as a keyboard player and a slide guitar. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Next up were California based punk band Joyce Manor. Lead vocalist and guitarist Barry Johnson. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Lead guitarist Chase Knobbe, who formed the band with Barry. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Bassist and backup vocalist Matt Ebert. All of Joyce Manor's songs are short, high energy bursts of punk. Photos by Michel Dussack
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At around 10pm, Conor Oberst and the rest of Desaparecidos took the stage for an unrelenting set of post-hardcore music. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Landon Hedges plays bass and provides backup vocals for Desparecidos. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Denver Dalley, guitarist and primary songwriter for Desparecidos. Typically, Denver would write the music and Conor would provide lyrics. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While most of Conor's music is known for being downbeat, Desaparecidos is much more aggressive, with much of the material being politically charged.
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Ian McElroy played several different keyboards throughout the band's set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Desaparecidos' set spanned 75 minutes and 15 songs including their entire full length album, two covers, and some newer songs that they've released. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rounding out Desaparecidos is drummer Matt Baum. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band actually opened their show with "Left is Right", a newer song released that echoes the Occupy movement. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Oddly enough, an album written ten years ago seemed more relevant than ever at Webster Hall, with the entire venue screaming lyrics back at Conor throughout the night. Photos by Michel Dussack
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In between songs, Conor took the opportunity to speak out about several issues in the country, urging the crowd to right the wrongs perpetuated by the government and the banking system. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Conor also spoke about Bradley Manning, an army soldier who was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of passing classified information to WikiLeaks.
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Desaparecidos ended their main set with "MariKKKopa", a song about Arizona and their policy on undocumented workers. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When the band returned for their encore, they brought Joyce Manor back out on stage with them to cover their song "Constant Headache". Photos by Michel Dussack
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Desaparecidos then closed out their show with a cover of The Clash's "Spanish Bombs" and then their own song "Hole in One", but not before promising that it wouldn't be another 10 years before we saw them again. Photos by Michel Dussack
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