Desaparecidos is a band from Nebraska. It is a project headed by singer/guitarist Conor Oberst, the frontman of the indie folk band Bright Eyes.
The band's sound was labeled "full-on emo-in-the-garage" by Alternative Press, "the sort of howlingly tuneful Midwestern punk that disappeared with Hüsker Dü" by Entertainment Weekly, "anthemic thrash" by Rolling Stone, and as such is noted for its sonic differences from Oberst's primary band. They have also been hailed as the "Saddle Creek supergroup". Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Desaparecidos' lyrics are mostly about the sociopolitical state of affairs in America.
The band has been both lauded and criticized for its intentionally raw sound following the release of Read Music/Speak Spanish. In sharp contrast to Bright Eyes' confessional, even sometimes mournful vocals, Conor Oberst's vocals in Desaparecidos' songs were much more characteristic of post-hardcore: angular, energetic and engaging.
"Desaparecidos" literally means "disappeared ones" in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a reference to the people who were arrested by various South American military governments and then vanished without a trace. From 1976 to 1983 in Argentina, for example, 30,000 people vanished without a trace as part of the Dirty War driven by the military junta that was in power.