|Bad Brains: A Band In DC|
CANADIAN PREMIERE MOVIE REVIEW OF “BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC” FROM CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK.
The Bad Brains are one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. Despite the troubles of an eccentric front man they’ve stayed together for 30 years without reaching the level of success many think they deserve. Bad Brains: A Band in DC re-constructs Bad Brains’ rich and complicated history.
Rastafarians Bad Brains are a hardcore punk band that started off in 1977 and evolved their sound to include reggae and heavy metal and soul. A band that truly defies categorization in one genre. This movie is their story. The band is composed of Earl Hudson on Drums, Darryl Jennifer on Bass, Dr. Know on Guitar and H.R (which stands for Human Rights). is the vocalist. A very unique blend of characters that the movie investigates in detail.
In a non-linear fashion the documentary follows the band on a nearly 40 year journey. From the earliest days of the band to the present the use of animation is very liberal to transition scenes and tell stories that archival footage doesn’t. H.R. is now 57 years old and he certainly is a confrontational dude, whose history is laid out for all to hear about in this movie. It is incredible seeing a 20 year old HR doing back flips off the stage and singing hardcore punk and the contrasting soft spoken 57 year old version of him.
The early scenes are really a trip down memory lane with some historical scenes from the very early punk scene. This is real punk and we find out that band changed its name from Mind Power to Bad Brains from a Ramones song. The very early footage of Bad Brains show that this band was as punk as any band that ever existed and even Henry Rollins attests to that fact. The Bad Brains though are not just a punk band as they got into some reggae vibes which the movie documents as well. The Beastie Boys even provide their input on the band (yup all of them even Adam Yauch).
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