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Sunday, September 10, 2017

GURNETT: Pocket Vinyl's 'Drive. Play. Sleep.' a must-watch

All WNY News     Sunday, September 10, 2017    


Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; the struggle is real. YouTube is full of videos of road stories from everyone from The Beatles to Metallica to Ludacris. However, the true struggle takes place not among the biggest stars, but the smallest independent artists. Ringo Starr probably doesn’t have many stories about not getting paid for gigs, playing for crowds of zero, not having a place to sleep for the night, or being completely disrespected by a concert’s promoter. That’s what Drive. Play. Sleep. aims to show audiences. The documentary, which covers a year in the life of the band Pocket Vinyl, shows some of the band’s firsthand experiences, as well as including interviews from over 30 independent musicians. Interviewees’ stories around different themes -- sleeping arrangements, booking, car troubles -- are paired with clips of Pocket Vinyl experiencing these same things. Paced and edited smoothly, the documentary is interesting, thought-provoking and engaging from start to finish. While Drive. Play. Sleep. certainly has its serious moments, the topics are covered with levity and joy, resulting in an educational, uplifting and fun experience -- both for those uninitiated to life on the road for the DIY, independent musician and those who’ve been there themselves. Eric and Elizabeth are naturals on camera, and you may find yourself wishing they were your best friends by the time the film is over. I bought a copy of Drive. Play. Sleep., which will be available for physical and digital distribution in the coming months (and is available now as a physical copy if you catch Pocket Vinyl on tour). First, I’m going to circulate it among everyone in my band. After that, I’m going to show it to anyone to whom I’ve been unable to perfectly describe the experience of being an independent musician. Family will come next. Frankly, if you have any interest in music, this movie is for you. If you’ve ever been to a small, local concert, this movie is for you. If you’ve ever been friends with a musician, this movie is for you. It will be up for pre-order at some point at the end of October. Buy it.




Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at never_really_been@hotmail.com or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

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