Long time followers of Elsewhere here on the blog will know that we flagged this project last year during the crowdfunding campaign to bring the documentary film ‘Lo Sound Desert’ to completion. We are extremely happy to announce that following successful festival screenings, premieres around the world and some great reviews, ‘Lo Sound Desert’ by Joerg Steineck was officially released last month and is available now to stream, download or for purchase as a DVD.
Beyond the music, ‘Lo Sound Desert’ appeals to us here at Elsewhere because it is a documentary about a specific scene at a specific time in a specific place. The Coachella Valley music scene in California began as revolting punk rock kids, escaping from the narrow-minded authorities of their suburban desert communities in the early 1980s, jamming all night in the middle of a surreal desert landscape. This scene gave birth to bands such as Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, and the ‘desert rock’ would soon spread through the underground music scene until bands such as these were headlining European stages.
'Lo Sound Desert’ was inspired and created by the same sense of autonomy inherent to the scene it portrays, self-financed through a ten year production period that has resulted in an intimate insight into a unique music scene that, like the film, is framed and coloured by a very unusual environment. The film is narrated by Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, Brant Bjork, Alfredo Hernandez, Scott Reeder, Sean Wheeler and many more from bands such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson and Mondo Generator.
This is a story about music and place, and is one which has never before been told.