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Lo Sound Desert (2015)

The origin of desert rock music - is a feature length documentary about the Californian desert rock and punk rock scene, from which bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age arose to kick off its worldwide fame.

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... Himself (as Joshua Homme)
Brant Bjork ... Himself
Mario Lalli ... Himself
Alfredo Hernandez ... Himself
Scott Reeder ... Himself
... Himself
Sean Wheeler ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dylan Brown ... Himself
Chris Cockrell ... Himself
Tom Davies ... Himself
Mike Desert ... Himself
Tony Brown Diprima ... Himself
Brady Erickson ... Himself
Bruce Fessier ... Himself
Damon Garrison ... Himself
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Lo Sound Desert is a documentary about the Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age. What basically started by revolving punk rock kids - hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban desert communities in the early 80s, became a vibe over the years. The film provides a unique insight into the history of the Coachella Valley music scene: From never-ending jams in the middle of the desert to headlining huge European stages - Desert Rock, often misinterpreted as musical genre continued its underground spread and became international treasure. Lo Sound Desert is narrated by Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, Mario Lalli and many others from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Fatso Jetson, Dalis Llama, Hornss, Fu Manchu etc.

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And while Grunge heavyweights filled huge venues, Low Desert bands turned to far more vast spaces... .


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Joshua Homme: It needed to be almost excessively whatever style it was... in order to function outside.
Joshua Homme: If you gonna be heavy you had to be real heavy.
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Great things just need their time.
7 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

To criticize anything about this incredible multi layered documentary about the unique CA desert rock scene just wouldn't be adequate a bit. I call myself an on/off fan of this type of music since the mid 90s, and watching this made me feel 20 years younger again. It seems like a hell of work was invested to make this film look as cool, funny, smooth, grainy, entertaining and ...just captivating, and if I compare it to other films touching a similar topic- this one really stands out. It's clearly a filmmakers film, not a clean wiped journalistic piece. It's the way this story is told: The general underlying DIY approach really helps re-creating the intense atmosphere of how it might have been back then... at night... in the desert... with nothing but a generator and some instruments. The often rough but sometimes (when it's needed) very subtle editing supports this rather unusual doc film experience. As I learned from the credits the filmmaker did all by himself, even those simple but pretty awesome animations (kind of Gilliamesque I'd say). Those alone stand out, and you don't have to be a fan of stuff like that. -Here it's not too much of it, and it just adds to the general atmosphere perfectly. So yes, what I truly love about the film are its details. Who does something like that nowadays? With such a devotion for the topic? No wonder why it took 10 years to finish it. - I was actually one of those who waited for it since 8 years- since the first trailer showed up. It was worth the wait! Great things just need their time.


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