Atlanta’s music scene is a very splintered, cliquish, fragmented scene. We have a major metropolitan area with a vibrant, diverse collection of artists, so this comes as no surprise to me. I mean, go ask a Brooklyn band if they have heard of *insert other random Brooklyn band* and most likely they will say no. As much as some people want Atlanta to have some monolithic sound imagining we can do some Seattle-style blowup, we don’t, and that sort of thing isn’t going to happen in the current Internet era of music.
In that context, making a documentary on the Atlanta music scene is going to be pretty much impossible to be all-inclusive. I have been documenting the Atlanta scene in writing every day for over two years now and I am still constantly surprised by obscure scene pockets and bands I discover all the time. But the new upcoming film documentary by Chris Dortch, Matthew Robison, and Bill Cody called We Fun has been the center of some controversy because it has focused on the more popular Atlanta bands like the Black Lips and Deerhunter. The other million or so bands in Atlanta and their fans have complained that the documentary has left out too many bands, especially the less accessible, less hyped ones.
One reaction to this was the making of a compilation of Atlanta artists called We No Fun, highlighting some of Atlanta’s bands that didn’t get featured in the film. This Friday and Saturday night, many of the bands that are part of the We No Fun project will be playing at the Drunken Unicorn for the release party of the compilation. Now, the people involved with the We Fun project are complaining about the We No Fun project. From the We No Fun myspace:
So tonight we were interviewed by Chad “The Rad” Radford, and kinda impromptu interviewed by the lovely Henry Owings from Chunklet. Reactions were varied from both parties, what I found the funniest was that during most of our chat Henry only wanted to talk about the name. “Why is the comp named that?” or “Is the name a reaction to the We Fun documentary?” Not a lot was even discussed about the bands, the shows, the comp itself. It seemed as though Henry was asking questions he already knew the answer to and had responses ready to go, I suppose as a journalist he should. People are gonna be biased by what they’ve created or helped to create. Chad is in the We Fun documentary and Henry had a part in making it happen financially (which I didn’t know till we we’re talking this afternoon), so of course they’re going to feel a little slighted by the name or focus on that side of things. Both Henry and Chad loved the idea of the comp but at one point Henry said, “Why don’t you change the name? It seems like you guys are all sour grapes. Aren’t you bigger than that?” The name again. The name is just that, a name. It was a funny idea to make people take another look at the way the scene have been becoming more two like 2 different scenes in the past years. People not caring about what the fuck is going on with their scene or only going to there friends shows or “dising” each other or shit talking each other. I had to ask “What if it was called Atlanta Sucks? These Bands Will Never Leave Atlanta? Would you be as interested in the comp or would it just fall by the way side” Only giggles pasted between all of us. The point of punk rock is that it is a reaction, a reaction to the way you grew up, the ways girls or boys have treated you, the scene you exist in, your social class. The reason this comp was created is to say we exist, and it’s time we all worked together again. No scene is perfect. Jesus no fucking band can ever function perfectly within itself for long periods of time. Chris and I created the idea of this comp to help the bands involved and document the scene. period. The name is a prefect example of this bullshit separationist crap. For the record (haha) the name stays and goddamnitt stop all this whining. We love Atlanta and go see the We Fun Documentary people.
So here’s the deal guys. We have a ton of talented acts in this city, and we have great bands representing just about every single genre you can imagine. The We Fun documentary may be a bit too exclusive and only focusing on the popular kids, but you can only fit so many bands into a film. As much as i have tired of the Black Lips constant attention seeking activities, if I were a filmmaker, they would be the first band I would want to tell a story about in this city. They are like the show Jackass for hipsters.
But on the flipside, the bands in the We No Fun project are just as important as the cool kids in We Fun. And the people involved with the WF documentary should stop crying about the dissent against them. It is only free publicity, so if anything you should welcome the controversy. There are a ton more bands in this city that deserve attention that aren’t involved with either one, and those should be the only people complaining right now.
So on that note, I’m announcing right now that Ohmpark is going to put together our own project called We Funner Than Both Of You, highlighting the many super talented artists that were left out of both projects. More details on how that will work coming soon, so get ready. And I hope you guys cry about it a bunch and give me some publicity. Thanks!
It’s been a few months, but things are happening.
First, We Fun is We Finished! Yes, we’ve achieved a lean, mean 72 minute look at the city of Atlanta as we saw it from November 2007 to June of 2008.
Note the new poster (designed by multi-tasker Henry Owings). We’re looking to get these printed very soon so that you can enjoy one or two in your teenage room. Can anyone guess who that is wielding the guitar?
And soon we hope to report festival screenings. As of now, no news is good news on that front.
I can’t wait to see it. Also, make sure to get down to the Drunken Unicorn and check out the We No Fun party:
Friday, January 30th
WE NO FUN FEST PART 1:
Thy Mighty Contract
$5 for 21+, $8 for <21, 18+
Saturday, January 31st
WE NO FUN FEST PART 2:
$5 for 21+, $8 for <21, 18+
- Posted by Davy Minor on January 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm