New Garage Rock Doc Premieres


Zeroes in on the
contemporary garage scene… points deducted for that awfully familiar-sounding
title, however…


By Blurt Staff


New Garage
Explosion!!: In Love With These Times
, produced by Scion A/V and Vice, recently premiered at the
Scion site as well as Vice’s site.


After a brief nod to
garage’s humble beginnings amongst American youth in Detroit during the 1960s and its contribution
and influence on ’80s punk, the documentary focuses on the scintillating
present. As it pans trans-nationally, the camera profiles artists like the late
Jay Reatard, Black Lips, The
Dirtbombs, Thee Oh Sees, Smith Westerns, Vivian Girls and
many more in an attempt to understand not only the exponential ascent of garage
rock’s popularity but the reason these people feel so passionately about it. A
wide-eyed glimpse into a musical movement, New Garage Explosion!!: In Love
With These Times
is as much about the music as it is about the people
contributing to the distinct scenes of the San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, New York, Memphis, Atlanta, and Portland
garage communities.

VBS directors Joseph Patel and Aaron Brown worked
with producer/journalist Mike McGonigal to offer a particularly in
depth examination of a multi-dimensional and often misunderstood slice of
popular culture unfolding in front of us.


By the way, sharp-eyed
readers may have already been scratching their heads about the film’s title:
yes, In Love With These Times is also
the name of a classic compilation of New Zealand’s Flying Nun label
roster of bands…





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