Desaparecidos' sound will ultimately be
revealed April 21 at a benefit concert for the family of Collin McElroy --
Ian's brother and Oberst's cousin -- who committed suicide March 26 at his
parents' home. Collin was 24 years old.
"I think everyone knew Ian. It was really unexpected," Dalley
said. "The event is an effort to raise money for the family to cover
The benefit concert also will feature performances by Bright Eyes,
Cursive and Sorry About Dresden, a Chapel Hill, N.C., band led by
singer/guitarist Matt Oberst that is laying down tracks for a new
full-length CD at Lincoln's Presto Studios (formerly known as Dead Space)
to be released on Saddle Creek Records.
Dalley said the benefit is the appropriate place for Desaparecidos's
first performance. "It's probably the most noble thing we can do with
that," he said. "Aside from the goal of raising money, the
concert is being performed in Collin's memory. We're dedicating the whole
thing in honor of him."
The concert marks only the beginning for Desaparecidos. Unlike Bright
Eyes, which features a rotating ensemble based around Oberst and his
music, Desaparecidos' line-up is permanent. "This is definitely a set
band," Dalley said. "Only time will tell what becomes of it.
Hopefully we'll record a full-length at the end of summer and tour.
There's a lot of downtime because of Conor and Landon's bands, which are
In fact, Oberst leaves for Europe at the end of April for a European
tour opening for Matador recording artist Arab Strap. That tour follows
Bright Eyes opening a slew of dates last month for Steve Malkmus, formerly
of the indie-rock kings Pavement. Oberst is arguably the most well-known
music personality still living in Omaha. Dalley says he sees how that
helps Desaparecidos. But will the band merely be known as "Oberst's
"Iím sure that's gonna happen," Dalley said.
"Hopefully once we start playing the attention will shift to the rest
of the band as well as on Conor. I'm really lucky to be working with all
these guys. They're all incredible players. But with Conor in the band,
we'll probably get some attention that we wouldn't have otherwise, which
is great. It's getting a lot of hype, but ultimately, we're all gonna have
fun, that's the main thing."
Dalley said he'll spend the downtime between tours working on his own
solo material -- some of which includes music that wasn't quite right for
Desaparecidos. "With the band, I throw out ideas and if it doesn't
work, it comes back to me," he said, adding that he's got an album's
worth of songs that "bleed together. It's real ambient, atmospheric,
Dalley also is part of a rap project called Team Rigge -- named after a
building on Creighton's campus -- with McElroy and Dan Maxwell of Secret
"I lived with Clark Baechle of The Faint last semester and we made
some beats using a program on my computer," Dalley said. "After
that, I laid down a guitar track, and added some odd-ball noises, which we
Guest rappers have included other Saddle Creek artists, including
Knapp. "It's more like a project than a band," Dalley said.
"We definitely want to make it into something."
Published in Omaha Weekly April 11, 2001. Copyright © 2001 Tim
McMahan. All rights reserved.