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Dysfunctional Pixies

The Pixies on-stage dynamism thrilled fans throughout last year's reunion tour, performances which are immortalised in documentary loudQUIETloud. Co-director Matthew Galkin discusses the offstage dysf...

The Pixies on-stage dynamism thrilled fans throughout last year's reunion tour, performances which are immortalised in documentary loudQUIETloud. Co-director Matthew Galkin discusses the offstage dysfunction and dissatisfaction, which make this doc unmissable.

How did  the idea to follow The Pixies on tour first come up?

Matthew Galkin: Steven [Cantor, co-director] and I heard The Pixies were reuniting and playing the Coachella Music Festival. We immediately went online and, while we were waiting for the ticket order to go through, we thought ‘We’re filmmakers, we should make a film about this and maybe we’ll get backstage passes.'

What diiffciulties  did you face persuading the band to agree to it?

MG: At first they were a little concerned about our portrayal of them. They weren’t sure how they would look or sound. So we spent a lot of time at the beginning establishing trust. It took them a while to realise we that didn’t have an agenda.

How did the band view the extensive presence of a film crew?

MG: Ultimately it was all good but it was touch and go for a while. The more we were around, the more comfortable they got with the process. Having cameras pointed at you all day is pretty intense, even if you’re a performer.

How did you capture the onstage intensity of the band?

MG: We shot something like 50 or 60 concerts so we were able to form an idea of how certain songs should be shot, focussing on certain details rather than settling for a wide shot. We were able to take more risks because we were very comfortable with them and their set.

Was the offstage mundanity a surprise to you?

MG: Yes. We were a little surprised by the subdued normality of everyone’s off-stage life. It dawned on us that this would be a strong dynamic in the film, this ‘hot and cold’ thing. It certainly informed many creative decisions, including the naming of the movie.

What did they think of the final cut?

MG: They like it now. They were a little shocked when they first saw it, as there had been virtually no truly intimate pieces done on them. It was slightly uncomfortable to watch it with them. On multiple viewings they seem to appreciate what it is – an honest appraisal of their tour. Warts and all.

loudQUIETloud: A Film about The Pixies is showing today, Friday 25 August, at the Cameo and in Best of the Fest on Sunday 27 August at Filmhouse.

 

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