A Doc About the Death of Death By Audio Is Headed to SXSW


After seven years as a cornerstone of Brooklyn’s DIY scene, Death by Audio was forced to shut its doors on South 2nd Street in 2014 so that Vice could turn the building into a mega-office. The venue used its last days to remind everyone of what the underground was about to lose, booking a series of “secret” shows that brought back the biggest and most beloved acts that had once called DBA home. Future Islands, Lightning Bolt, A Place to Bury Strangers, and dozens of smaller bands played farewell sets, opining between songs about the tragedy of the closure: Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington ripped off his shirt mid-set to reveal “FUCK VICE” scrawled in black marker on his torso. Funeral and riot in equal measure, the shows were the last great shudders in what’s become known as the “death of DIY.”

Today Rolling Stone announced that DBA co-founder Matthew Conboy has taken footage from those final days and fashioned them into a documentary, to premiere March 14 at SXSW. Goodnight Brooklyn mixes video from the shows with interviews with key bands and the rotating cast of musicians who lived at the space, which also served as an effects-pedal studio of the same name. (If this sounds familiar, it’s almost exactly the same formula LCD Soundsystem used for their farewell doc, Shut Up and Play the Hits, only to rise from the dead five years later. Those of us who loved Death by Audio should be so lucky.)

Watch the trailer at Rolling Stone, and check out our slideshow of the last night to remember what we lost.