Bad Brains: Band In D.C.

“As Henry Rollins states early on in Bad Brains: Band in DC, a definitive documentary on the legendary hardcore band is long overdue. ‘Legendary’ is even understating it a bit, as Bad Brains helped to invent what we know as American hardcore, taking inspiration from the Sex Pistols and The Damned, melding it with their own funk- and soul-inspired musicality, a “positive attitude message”, and an electric performance style to birth a beast all their own, influencing everyone from Rollins to Minor Threat to the Beastie Boys to the Cro-Mags and more. The new documentary directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan attempts to capture and commemorate the history of this band while also dealing with the serious issues they have faced, mostly thanks to wonderfully (and destructively) unhinged lead singer H.R. As a history of Bad Brains and an archive of their incredible performances in the early ‘80s, this film is a treasure chest of gems. The film is kinetic, frenetic (how could it not be, with video of H.R. performing in his heyday; the man is the definition of electrically charged), and well-paced with lots to love for any Bad Brains, punk or music fans. Their tribute is long overdue and we should be thankful that a film recognizing their musical genius, originality and influence exists at all.” — Katie Walsh, Indiewire

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