The new album ‘Payola‘ from Desaparecidos is now available via Epitaph.

It has been a long wait for fans of the band, this being their first album in 13 years. Whilst never technically ‘breaking up’, members have been busy with other projects over the years, and this outfit had been on the shelf, only occasionally coming out to play in that period.

The wait is over, ‘Payola‘ is out there, and fans will be crossing their fingers for an Australian tour on the back of this new album. Get the rundown on it all below.



01. The Left is Right
02. The Underground Man
03. City on the Hill (Ft. Tim Kasher)
04. Golden Parachutes (ft. Laura Jane Grace)
05. Radicalized
06. MariKKKopa
07. Te Amo Camila Vallejo
08. Ralphy’s Cut
09. Backsell
10. Slacktivist (Ft. So So Glos)
11. Search the Searches
12. 10 Steps Behind
13. Von Maur Massacre
14. Anonymous


Matt Baum – Drums
Denver Dalley – Guitar
Landon Hedges – Bass, Vocals
Ian McElroy – Keyboards
Conor Oberst – Guitar, Vocals


Produced by Mike Mogis and Desaparecidos.
Mixed by Mike Mogis.
Engineered by Mike Mogis and Corina Figueroa Escamilla.
Additional engineering by Ben Brodin.
Recorded at ARC in Omaha, Nebraska at various times during 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Serling Sound in New York City.
Guest Vocalists;
Tim Kasher on ‘City On The Hill’
Laura Jane Grace on ‘Golden Parachutes’
Ralph Remmert on ‘Ralphy’s Cut’
The So So Glos: Alex Levine, Ryan Levine, Matt Elkin and Zach Staggers on ‘Slacktivist’
Additional guitar on ’10 Steps Behind’ by Phil Reno.
Artwork and Layout by Zack Nipper
All songs written by Desaparecidos.


Formed in 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos released one album, Read Music / Speak Spanish in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records. Though the band never “broke up”, they did part ways for several years as members Conor Oberst (vocals, guitar), Denver Dalley (guitar), Ian McElroy (keyboards), Landon Hedges (bass / vocals), and Matt Baum (drums) went on to pursue separate ambitions, including Conor Oberst’s career with the band Bright Eyes.

In 2010, Desaparecidos played together again at the Concert for Equality in Omaha (an event organized by Oberst to promote the repeal of then-recently enacted measures to prohibit businesses and landlords from hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants in Fremont, Nebraska). The band embarked on a short summer tour in 2012, and self-released several tracks on singles and 7-inches for the next year. Previously released tracks that are featured on the album are “MariKKKopa”, “Backsell”, “Anonymous”, “The Left is Right”, “Te Amo Camila Vallejo”, and “The Underground Man”.

Payola is the follow-up album to the first and only Desaparecidos album, Read Music / Speak Spanish. Influenced by ’70s/’80s punk & hardcore like T.S.O.L. and Cro-Mags; early ’80s power-pop the Vapors and Tommy Tutone, Payola was co-produced with Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, Saintseneca, and ‘The Fault in our Stars’ Score From the Motion Picture with Nate Walcott); and was recorded in several batches over the past few years. On Payola, the band consciously tackled a wide range of political issues at a much broader scale. It has a greater degree of focus and musicality than the first release. Payola is more raw, louder, and angrier. In addition to the 6 previously released tracks, the album also includes 8 new tracks from the band.

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