Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five

Photo by Keith Marlowe

One night only, with director Jenni Matz in attendance for post-film Q&A!

When they signed with one of the world’s biggest record labels, Rye Coalition was primed to finally get their glory, or so it seemed.

Like countless rockers before them, these childhood best friends started a band in a basement with a couple simple goals in mind: have fun and play good music.  As one of the first bands to develop the new “emo” sound, they were at the forefront of a movement that included Shellac, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker and Karp (with whom they later recorded a legendary 12” split). Rye Coalition’s first recording was a demo cassette tape (1994's self-released Dancing Man ), backed by an East Coast tour in a beat-up school bus, long before most of them had their driver’s license.  As their talent and fan base grew, they released albums on indie labels and toured the country for over ten years on bigger and bigger bills, with bands like At the Drive-In, Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Foo Fighters . After gaining momentum from 2002's On Top LP, engineered by Steve Albini, they were signed to Dreamworks Records and none other than Dave Grohl came on as their producer. Then, it all imploded. As Henry Owings of Chunklet put it, “Rye Coalition has had the worst luck of any band I can think of.”

Filmmaker Jenni Matz has continuously documented these singular rockers for over a decade, brazenly chronicling choice moments with Rye Coalition-and those who know them well-on tour, at home and in the studio. Although the band was praised by critics and supported by an absurdly dedicated grassroots fan base, somehow these Jersey rockers never got their due. Until now.

View the trailer: http://vimeo.com/ryecoalition/trailer

More info: ryecoalitionthemovie.com





Sunday, August 10