Des Moines, IA
Powerviolence / Grindcore / Hardcore punk / Metal
DIY has become a generic catch-all for any independent band self-described as “doing it yourself,” which is essentially almost any band not signed to a major label. The roots of real DIY lay within punk and hardcore music of the late 70s and 80’ whose noncommercial, raw sound forced them into taking action for themselves. Des Moines thrash metal/punk crossover band Traffic Death continue to be one of the last flag bearers of that movement.

Traffic Death is made up of former members of now-defunct Des Moines metal and grindcore bands Black Market Fetus, Dark Mirror and Nancy Grace Death Squad. An audio assault of shredding riffs, high tempo blast beats and gut-wrenching screams, their sound is as abrasive as it gets. They are true DIYers who make their own merch, as well as having self-released two 7” inches and one LP. For a band whose members have kept the heart of underground music circles of the 515 beating for nearly two decades, it is apropos that they now rip out that still beating heart and serve it to an either eager or unsuspecting crowd at 80/35.

- Written by Brian Campos, Pants OFF! Podcast
set details
Saturday, July 8 at 3:00 pm on Nationwide Stage