Lo Sound Desert – “Lo Sound Desert”


Lo Sound Desert – “Lo Sound Desert” (Monoduo Films)

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If you thought the desert rock scene came and went with Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age then “Lo Sound Desert” will blow your mind in revealing an entire underground, indeed a movement that existing long before these bands and in fact, birthed them, along with an essence that still exists today! Narrated by Josh Homme (Kyuss, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age), Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Orquestra del Desierto, Ten East, The Perfect Rat) and other musicians from bands like Unsound, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson, Dali’s Llama, Hornss, Slo Burn, Unida and Fu Manchu, “Lo Sound Desert” tells the tale of the Coachella Valley, from its early days settled by poor white people joining indigenous native Americans, to the arrival of a rich white elite, who shaped Palm Springs into a desert retreat popularized by stars like Frank Sinatra. Unfortunately for the poor, Frank and the rich folks didn’t like rock n roll so it was banned – even to the point that kids skateboards were run over by the police in the 70s! With nothing else on offer and the establishment loathing them, the youth started up their own DIY scene, soaking up Sabbath, Blue Cheer, The Doors and the proto punk of Iggy Pop, and later Black Flag and the Misfits. Literally playing in their parents garages, this brought together all the environmental and social influences that created the scene in the Low Desert. With a no permit, guerilla style attitude, an underground was born, playing spontaneously anywhere throughout the valley and culminating in anarchic orgies of fighting, fucking, skating, dope smoking and stoner rock at the infamous ‘Nude Bowl’ gigs! A decade in the making by filmmaker Jörg Steineck (Truckfighters), this one and a half hour documentary is the definitive desert rock guide told through loads of archive video footage and fotos. But more than that its a deep and intimate look into the passion, excitement and hearts of the pioneering youth of isolated desert communities who may have started as small town teenage punk rebels, but in some cases rose to become musical icons of an era. Unmissable.

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