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Such Hawks Such Hounds: Scenes From the American Hard Rock Underground


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Editorial Reviews

"...what makes this documentary work is that it was born from within the scene." - HARP

"...this ain't no chin-scratching academic text; it's raw live footage..." - SF Weekly

"The best documentation of our music ever done." - Scott "Wino" Weinrich (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, et. al.)

"The first time anyone's gotten the Sleep story right." - Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om)

For every music fan who says rock 'n' roll ain't what it used to be; for every pundit who concurs with Hunter S. Thompson's assessment of the music business as "a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free;" there are an equal number who will say that the business of creating and releasing innovative and satisfying music is as healthy as ever... it's just done on a smaller scale.

SUCH HAWKS SUCH HOUNDS is a testament to the vitality of rock music. Relying only marginally on nostalgia, it says that at any point in history, the music being made is as worthy of attention as that of times past. It's an introduction to a vibrant but underheralded subgenre and a realization of its cinematic possibilities.

SUCH HAWKS tells a story that needs to be told. Since the Alternative Revolution of the early 1990s, there has been a heightened interest in music with roots in the underground, hence such excellent genre studies as HYPE!, SCRATCH and AMERICAN HARDCORE. While a similar celebration of sounds held dear, Such Hawks captures a moment as it is happening.

SUCH HAWKS explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007, focusing on the psychedelic and '70s proto-metal-derived styles that have in recent years formed a rich body of unclassifiable sounds.

Featured artists include ACID KING, ACROSS THE RIVER, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX, BARDO POND, BRANT BJORK, COMETS ON FIRE, DEAD MEADOW, EARTHLESS, FATSO JETSON, HIGH ON FIRE, KYUSS, MAMMATUS, NEBULA, THE OBSESSED, OM, PEARLS AND BRASS, PENTAGRAM, SAINT VITUS, SLEEP, SUNN O))), THRONES.

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  • Directors: John Srebalus
  • Writers: John Srebalus
  • Producers: John Srebalus, Jessica Hundley
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Long Song Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK2A44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Infante on August 13, 2011
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Trust Wino! this is an amazing documentary, since I received this item I have watched it five times already, this document explains in a detailed way what stoner rock, doom , fuzz rock, sludge, drone etc. is about, what the genre stands for and the concept that it envolves, all of this explained in a very entertaining way by musicians such as Wino (of course), Scott Reeder (Kyuss) , Matt Pike (sleep, high on fire, kalas) members of Melvins , Comets on Fire, Nebulas Mark Abshire and Eddie Glass I ignore why Fu Manchu were ignored with the exception of an image showed of the "in search of..." album they dont get major credit here, but its a minor flaw due to the extense information provided in the entyre film, the document explores the scene during 70s, 80s, 90s and the current situation, also mention from the begginers Sabbath, Purple, Zep, Blue Cheer, Pentagram in a very special mention, Hawkwind (in the experimental aspect) to more recent exponents Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Saint Vitus, Wino as a solo artist, Sleep and of course his ramifications, High On Fire and the awseome Om, Sunn o))) and a large etcetera, perhaps the mention of bands from other locations on the globe would have expanded and improved a little more the documentary, but since the main idea was to explore the American underground scene and more particularly the scene in California we can say that the film is very comprehensive indeed, however the makers of this effort had the generosity to include in the extras a few more recommendations of bands and albums from other countries for a better understanding of the philosophy that this underground movement involves.

you must get this!

HM
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Baby_Duke on May 4, 2011
This is one of the BEST musical genre documentaries in existence. It starts from the 1970's heavy rock explosion and covers every decade up until the creation of the documentary(2008). It name drops all sorts of amazing bands that never got well-know exposure: Captation Beyond, The Groundhogs, Buffalo, Stray, Dust, Hawkwind, Sir Lord Baltimore, Atomic Rooster... Then goes into the start of desert/stoner/doom bands with Pentagram, St Vitus, Sleep and Kyuss
Also they explain the importance of album cover artwork and basically the hardships that come along with being in a heavy rock band.
Covers other great bands such as: Acid King, High On Fire, OM, Dead Meadows, Sunn O))), The Obsessed, Comets on Fire, Brant Bjork, Melvins and many more bands.
This is the key to the future!
5/5 BUY this noooooowwww!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J gRow on August 30, 2010
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An amazing piece of work with lots of live footage. This is a must have for any fan of heavy music
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Carbone on February 1, 2010
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Man this DVD is a real eye and ear opener to some great bands ive never heard before. Thanks to this DVD i now proudly own some wicked Dead Meadow cd's, Earthless, OM and Fatso Jetson. It was cool to see ex Kyuss dudes Brant & Scott talk about the good old desert generator parties. Overall a highly entertaining and imformative DVD about the underground rock scene in America. This DVD proves how much the majority of radio music really does suck. Wino is hilarious!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christiana on May 15, 2013
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This documentary is necessary viewing for fans of doom. Great if you already know the story of Sleep, better if you don't. Learn about desert rock, San Francisco metal and even the illustrators who put a visual style to the riffs. Get this, don't fool around with Youtube's crappy sound.
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