“Conboy's chronicle is more than just a document of a space, but also a broader requiem for an entire scene.”
“Every great city has a space like Death By Audio. If yours doesn’t, you should start one.”
In November 2014 the DIY music venue Death By Audio closed its doors for the last time, heralding the demise of another underground music and art space. Deciding to go out with a bang, the co-founders organised a series of farewell gigs with artists who encapsulated the history and ethos of the venue including, Ty Segall, Deerhoof, Jeff The Brotherhood, Future Islands, Dan Deacon and A Place to Bury Strangers, to name but a few.
The run-down Williamsburg warehouse started out as a manufacturing base for Oliver Ackerman’s handmade guitar pedal company, Death By Audio. Over time the space evolved into a live music venue / artspace, a home for travelling bands and the permanent residents; music fan and band booker, Edan Wilber, A Place to Bury Strangers’ leading man, Ackermann and the director of Goodnight Brooklyn, Matt Conboy.
Nine years and over 1800 shows later, Death By Audio had become an essential part of the musical ecosystem. As Ron Hart noted in Observer, “reading off the different acts who played DBA through the years is like rattling off a list of Pitchfork’s Best New Music recipients between 2005 and 2014.”
Matt Conboy’s heartfelt love letter to DIY culture and experimentation takes viewers inside the venue, chronicles the origins, community-building, influence and ultimate closure, ironically at the hands of a former champion of their efforts.