Watch the new local music doc, All Messed Up, from High Frequency Media
Armed with nothing but some HD video cameras and a discerning ear for good music, local video outfit High Frequency Media has been documenting Milwaukee’s music scene for more than two years. In addition to producing short clips for bands like Call Me Lightning and Jaill, the two-man team of Anthony Lopez and Jon Salimes has been hard at work on a feature-length Juniper Tar/Strand Of Oaks tour film, and recently screened a short documentary, “The Death Of Triforce”, at the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison.
New from HFM is All Messed Up, another local music doc, which was released yesterday online. The film documents an intriguing high-concept musical experiment: Back in October of 2010, more than 30 local musicians drew names from a hat and formed nine new bands. Over the next two months, each band wrote 15 minutes’ worth of songs—including one cover song—to be eventually performed at The Vault in Riverwest.
“Our intention with all the live show videos we do is to represent our experience and how watching the bands feels to us,” Salimes tells The A.V. Club. “But in the case of All Messed Up, we wanted to stay out of the way as much as possible. We’re not trying to represent anything or make any points. This is a film about these people and their music.”
After traditional venues and fests passed on the film, HFM decided to simply release it online. Asked why he and Lopez are continually attracted to such non-marketable musicians (the bands in both “Death Of Triforce” and All Messed Up play music that’s far from easy listening), Salimes says both parties share a common goal. “I guess we see a lot of what we do in what they do. They just want to play music, and we just want to make movies. They play shows, and sometimes only a few people show up. They record and release their albums themselves. They know what they want to do, and they make it happen. It’s inspiring to us.”