"Lo Sound Desert", the video documentary about the Californian Desert music scene, which gave birth to bands like KYUSS, FU MANCHU, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and more, will finally be released worldwide this summer on July 1 via Monoduo Films. A decade in the making by filmmaker Jörg Steineck ("Truckfighters"), "Lo Sound Desert" is the definite music documentary about desert rock.
"Lo Sound Desert" provides a deep, intimate look into the Low Desert music scene's history with never-ending jams in the middle of the desert which continues to live on with the same vitality, authenticity and resilience as two decades ago. "Lo Sound Desert" is narrated by Josh Homme (KYUSS, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, THEM CROOKED VULTURES), Brant Bjork (KYUSS, FU MANCHU), Mario Lalli (FATSO JETSON, ORQUESTRA DEL DESIERTO, TEN EAST, THE PERFECT RAT) and many other from bands like KYUSS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, YAWNING MAN, FATSO JETSON, MONDO GENERATOR, DALI'S LLAMA, HORNSS, SLO BURN, UNIDA and FU MANCHU.
What was started by revolting punk rock kids throwing parties in the middle of the desert — hidden from narrow-minded authorities of suburban America in the early '80s, became a movement over the years.
"If my opinion matters, this film is very authentic," said Bjork.
"Outstanding! One of the rare rock documentaries that will survive," added Lalli.
From endless jams in unconditioned rehearsal garages to wasteland venues to smoked-up European backstage rooms: desert rock, a specific vibe of pure analog rock music, was fostered by the beauty of a surrounding that naturally provides a lot of space. Until nowadays it continued its slow-moving underground spread and became international treasure. In a way desert rock never reached extreme popularity like simultaneously grown, commercially hyped grunge rock in the early '90s. But it still seems to be around and inspires new generations of rock bands to carry on.
A release party in Berlin will be held on June 24 at Kino Zukunft, presented by Rock/Squad, SOL, DesertFest, RockHard, Visions and Monduo Films. "Lo Sound Desert" will screen at 8pm, followed by concerts of POWDER FOR PIGEONS, Vic Du Monte's PERSONA NON GRATA, OPERATORS, Jan Schwarzkamp, DJ Eggs Delicious and more to be announced.
On July 1 and with the help of U.K. promoters Desertscene and Desertfest they're celebrating "Lo Sound Desert"'s release and the London premiere with a screening of the long two-part version (including bladder-friendly intermission) at one of the Desertfest locations, The Black Heart, featuring bands live on stage after the screening and a getting out of hands DJ party afterwards.