Similar to Avengers switching up the roster and expanding for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton become the bands new permanent bassist and guitarist. I've never written a review on here but noticed there were none for this awesome doc. The filmmakers are obviously huge fans and really put great efforts into getting great interviews! Thanks to filmmakers Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour, the four decades of this Bill Stevenson, a drummer by the way, led pioneering band is chronicled. Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come. . Shortly after proving themselves to the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore scene, guitarist Frank Navetta sets fire to his gear and disappears, bassist Tony Lombardo rejects life on the road in favor of a suburban home, and iconic nerd frontman Milo Aukerman goes to college to become a scientist. Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come.
It deserves one and a good one at that. Through the recovery and return to stage, the band as a whole became more of a resurrected demi punk god. Crew: Directed by Matt Riggle, Deedle LaCour. This fast paced and catchy blend of raw emotional music from a non rock-dressing band kind of threw the punk scene for a loop. Unfazed and hellbent on his quest, he charges ahead three decades, dragging along a new crop of tireless cohorts to zigzag the globe and serve up countless caffeinated love songs against impossible—and life threatening—odds.
Milo loves God Hates Geeks! First, they formed in 1977 after three Cali boys bonded over fishing on Hermosa Beach; then became the first incarnation of this mostly passed up band when a much older bassist Tony Lombardo joined. If anything a greater appreciation of the journey and passion Descendents saw through all of the under appreciated hardships. With their own form of punk rock that transcended the usual conventions, Descendents unfortunately never found their mark with the commercial masses, though the line drawn nerd visage that soon became their logo did become a synonymous punk visual that transcended punk rock culture. In-between Milo returning for a year or a reunion, the band started to become well known among fans of the genre as punk legends, due greatly to the bands that owed their roots to the trailblazing Descendents. Written by Matt Riggle With: Bill Stevenson, Milo Aukerman, Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerston, Tony Lombardo, Doug Carrion, Dave Smalley, Scott Reynolds, Chad Price, Mike Watt, Brett Gurewitz, Mark Hoppus, and Dave Grohl. I put it right up there with We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen as a must own for any punk rock aficionado! If you don't already know The Descendents are a legendary punk band that originated in the late 70's. After the film finished, proctoring this great new documentary with full band minus Milo of course was noneother than the frontman from Blink-182.
Through and in-between the post Milo years, numerous talented singers and song writers came and went, due to either lack of financial stability or Stevenson totalitarian work ethic. The band finally established a new base in the midwest allowing for better ease of touring. Though about 15-minutes too long, watch it, buy it and enjoy the load of original music from one of our punk forefathers. Like out of a comic book story of alter identities, in 1982 Milo decided to follow his true path which was always Science and left the band. Milo would return in 1985 for another record, lasting only a year before science was calling again. Alongside seminal bands like Black Flag, Minutemen, Circle Jerks and a plethora of others, they led the charge of early 80's SoCal punk rock. The rich history behind the creation of the Descendents started with a love of all things, fishing and coffee.
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