‘Straight Into a Storm’: Film Review


William Miller’s documentary chronicles the 10-year historical past of the favored indie rock band Deer Tick.

“There are some haters in regards to the identify ‘Deer Tick,'” admits frontman John McCauley originally of William Miller’s documentary in regards to the indie folk-rock band, and these individuals could be properly suggested to keep away from Straight Into a Storm. The movie merely fails to offer a lot cause for nonfans to notably care in regards to the rise to cult stardom of the Rhode Island-birthed group.

Whereas the best music documentaries handle to be fascinating even for these viewers beforehand unfamiliar with their topics, this effort will most likely solely please Deer Tick devotees; for all others it would almost certainly really feel a slog. The movie revolves across the band’s 10th anniversary collection of reveals at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, which occurred greater than three years in the past, so it does not even really feel notably well timed.

The primary topic is McCauley, the band’s lead singer-songwriter, who, in common vogue for rock musicians, has advanced from a drug-and-alcohol abusing younger man to an solely barely drug-and-alcohol abusing husband and father. Archival footage and interviews present loads of proof of his hellraising years, however McCauley now says that he is way more accountable. He does nonetheless get pleasure from psychedelic medicine, however he does not take them on a regular basis, he assures us. What he does take commonly is baldness treatment, which he rubs on his scalp twice every day. Such is the plight of ageing rockers, though he is barely previous 30.

The movie chronicles the band’s rise from obscurity to semi-obscurity (at the very least in mainstream phrases), incorporating live performance footage starting from early appearances in entrance of audiences numbering within the dozens to well-received reveals on the Newport Folks Competition to their sold-out anniversary concert events on the midsize Brooklyn venue. Sadly, a lot of the live performance footage is so poorly photographed and choppily edited that the band’s music is not given an efficient showcase.

McCauley proves a moderately partaking topic, however not one charismatic or articulate sufficient to warrant such intensive consideration. A prolonged anecdote about a psychedelic drug-infused go to to Mattress, Tub & Past is not going to probably supplant tales involving Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones in relation to legendary rock ‘n’ roll debauchery. However he is at the very least extra fascinating than the opposite band members, equivalent to drummer Dennis Ryan, whose account of his causes for writing a tune about serial killer John Wayne Gacy does not encourage confidence within the band’s lyrical depth.

The documentary additionally consists of quite a few interviews with varied associates, colleagues and former members of the band that show strictly of the everyday selection, with many predictable paeans to the standard of Deer Tick’s songs and the indomitable work ethic that has fueled the band by means of a decade of relentless touring. However whereas the group definitely appears to deserve the success it is achieved, that does not make Straight Into a Storm engrossing viewing.

Manufacturing: Terzo Inventive, The Hidden Fortress
Distributor: Abramorama
Director: William Miller
Producers: Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond, William Miller, Ryan Henriquez, Liz Eisenberg, David Air, Rachel Kamrasch
Government producers: Scott Edmundson, Jonathan Hardy, Michael Hurley
Administrators of pictures: William Miller, Soopum Sohn
Editors: William Miller, Chris Lechler

102 min.




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