(photo credit: Bridget Arias)
Music and the culture behind it has been a key influence over OBEY. Independent music has particularly made it’s mark through the DIY mentality and aesthetics along with the angst and struggle that comes with getting your voice into the world. We teamed up with film makers Marc Perrera and Dan Thron as they captured an intimate and brutally honest look at the southern California based psych rock band Dahga Bloom. They explore the band’s inner workings and struggles as they prepared to release their new record.
We are proud to be part of this film and hope to bring you more of it’s kind in the future. OBEY would like to thank Mark and Dan as well as all the members of Dahga Bloom for letting us into their world.
Get Dahga Bloom’s new album ‘No Curtains’ here: bit.ly/nocurtains
Follow them on Facebook: bit.ly/dahgabloom
From Dan Thron (the filmmaker):
Doing a a movie on a rock band is not something that would have naturally occurred to either of us; we both love great documentaries, and some of them are on music, but most band docs are about people trying to be famous, or ‘this is how crazy we are/were!” — stories about how much more interesting someone else’s life is than your own are hard to connect to. But watching Obey’s videos on skating and art really inspired us — these things were about people, real people, doing things right now because it is what they love doing. Movies that make you realize these are just people doing somthing they love, not for fame or money or anything, but because the process of doing it is fulfilling in itself.
That is the attitude we took with us in approaching Dahga Bloom, and why we chose to work with them on this project. It was clear from their work, both their music and videos, that they were doing it because it’s worth doing to them, not because there was some payoff waiting at the end of the road; the stuff is passionate but super meticulous at the same time, dedicated to the work for the love of the work- and as filmmakers, we really responded to this. That’s the nature of making indie film,especially documentaries- it’s about as DIY as you get. The older you get, the more obvious it is you are not going to get rich or famous doing it. So the more we talked to the band, the more we felt connected to them. These were just regular guys- they spent their time when they were younger trying to hit it big, and now as they get a little older and start building families, they are up against what this work means to them, weighing what they need and want in their lives, and how to find some sort of balance.