After nearly half a year of will-it-or-won’t-it, MTV’s $5 Cover: Seattle has an official release date: December 15th. The online mini-series and compendium documentaries follows 13 Seattle bands, including Sound on the Sound favorites The Maldives, The Moondoggies, Thee Emergency, The Lights and THEESatisfaction.
The Lynn Shelton directed project filmed in the blazing hot summer of 2009, is a suprisingly tender and deft love letter to the Seattle music scene, despite its soapy premises. Much to our surprise and relief, we found ourselves wrapped up in the stories at a March screening of the film and impressed by the central role the music played in the movie. And most of all by the earnest affection the camera captured between director and subjects. Even if the stories are fake, this is a slice of the real Seattle we know and love and we are so excited the rest of the country will have a chance to witness that.
In addition to the hour-long mini-movie, over 60 behind the scenes extras and the Amplified documentaries on all 13 bands involved in $5 Cover will begin releasing December 15th.
From moment one I knew Dita Vox was a rock star. The poster from $5 Cover Seattle makes me think movie star as well.
For me, an image of few people could be more iconic of my experience with the Seattle music scene than that of Dita Vox. (The first album I reviewed on Sound on the Sound was Can You Dig It?, after all.)
$5 Cover Seattle premieres next Monday (March 1st) at SIFF Cinema. Ms. Vox will be there and so will we. I’m looking forward to reporting back to you after seeing lots of our favorite stars from Seattle stages on the big screen. Dita may be the poster child, but she’ll be joined on screen by The Maldives, The Moondoggies, THEESatisfaction, The Lights and more. I can guarantee it’s going to be surreal to see, but I’m can also guarantee there’s going to be a great soundtrack.
We’ve been tweeting and talking about the trailer for $5 Cover Seattle all week, but it hasn’t managed to make it on to the site yet. I definitely deserve the late pass for that, but on the other hand, it is now embeddable and you can watch it right here in the comfort of Sound on the Sound. Other than being extras, this is the first peek we’ve gotten of the Lynn Shelton directed project for MTV, which was shot during the blazing summer of 2009 and features a number of local bands Sound on the Sound readers should be very familiar with.
As the trailer reveals, the bands and the music are real (there’s a thumping sample of “Magnetic Blackness,” a particularly sweet sounding “Don’t Be A Stranger” from the Moondoggies in the trailer, and the original SOTS soundtrack Thee Emergency), but the story-lines are not. It looks like it’s going to be all kinds of soapy goodness and guilty pleasures, backed by a Seattle music blog’s perfect soundtrack: The Maldives, The Moondoggies, Thee Emergency, Champagne Champange, THEEsatisfaction & more! I can’t wait to see what comes next from this project…and to call Kevin Murphy a lone wolf at the Tractor this weekend.