Monday, March 11, 2024

This is a Film About The Black Keys (2024) SXSW 2024

This is a look at Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, better known as The Black Keys. The film charts their relationship from guys who went to the same high school but never talked to each other, to guys laying music together because they had to play onward through super stardom.

One of my favorite films of SXSW and of 2024 is a portrait of one my favorite bands. I was not always a fan, it wasn't until I heard Gold On The Ceiling that I  truly understood what they were doing. However since then I have been to concerts and stock piled physical copies of their releases.

This is a glorious portrait of the guys as they make music and rock the pillars of heaven. I love that the film shows the us and downs between them and how they were not always  friends but bandmates who bonded over the music and the long road trips together.

What sells the film is not only the music, but the guys themselves. They come off as really cool people who know what they want and who do what they have to to get it.  More importantly we get to understand how and why they make the music they do, from early experiments to see what sounds cool, to playing with their idols on to working with producers who push them in the right direction.  We are getting a road map of their lives and of their sound instead of just a pretty portrait.

I can't wait until I can see this again in a theater with a kick ass sound system.

Highly recommended. this is just so much damn fun. It is also destined to be considered a benchmark on musical docs and to be talked about for years to come.

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