Review by: Mut Asheru
Galaxy Express is a Korean rock band that departs for a U.S. tour, the home of rock, to go on a solo tour holding an incredible but grueling 19 concerts within three weeks.
I noticed early on in this documentary that a smile was plastered on my face. Why? Because, it’s about music. Better than that it’s about Rock n’ Roll. Better than better than that…it’s about indie rock and a band that’s embracing their indie spirit and tackling the shitty underground circuit here in America. A task any band worth their weight in gold should and must undertake.
Galaxy Express is a band from South Korea that decided to embark on an ambitious 3 week, 19 gig TX tour while taking advantage of their appearance at SXSW. They crisscrossed our big ole state of TX playing shows in various venues. Some shit and some shine…all while gaining fans along the way.
Early on in Turn It Up to Eleven 2: Wild Days (반드시 크게 들을 것), filmmaker Baek Seung-hwa (백승화) establishes his own intelligent witty doc style via engaging interviews and snarky, impartial voice-overs and scene markings. Props go out to whoever did the subtitles as well. Helping him (and dare say making it easy for him) shoot this highly entertaining doc is the unintentionally charismatic Galaxy Express band members, their manager, music journalist and fashion stylist friend.
Inter-cut with the appropriate number of shots of nonchalant listeners, ignorers and super involved rock lovers, director Baek Seung-hwa paints an accurate picture of the American independent rock scene and its spirit of loneliness and redemption that is experienced by touring underground musicians. Baek Seung-hwa manages to pull off a music doc that showcases Galaxy Express (referring to themselves as Dumbass, Moron and Idiot) as three separate rockers who successfully unite to form one cohesive smart-ass unit. And they remain refreshingly drama-free amidst the stress and somewhat disappointing scene.
Well edited the pacing of the film is succinct with apropos talking head sections from band members, friends and show attendees making it a quick, thrilling ride. And yes, the band’s music is awesome. Having never heard of Galaxy Express before, I can say that I’ve found a new band and filmmaker to watch and follow.