Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
In 2003 the influential and innovative Boston band the Pixies reunited for a world tour 12 years after their acrimonious split. Filmmakers Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin went along for the ride and emerged with this film packed with dazzling concert footage and backstage insight.
“Here are four middle-aged people who look like they've lived pretty hard – OK, really, really hard – playing dense, thrilling, loud rock music that sounds more dangerous (and a lot less derivative) than about 95 percent of what passes for indie rock these days. If the live shows… positively burn down the barn loudQUIETloud also offers a fascinating look at the band's peculiar inner dynamics. If the Pixies split up the first time around because of constant tension between lead singer Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis) and bass player Kim Deal, these two prickly talents seem to have healed the rift a decade later by barely speaking at all… Onstage, though, they sound as good – if not tighter, leaner and actually better – than ever.” — Andrew O’Hehir, salon.com