Even if you don't know who Lance Bangs is, you know who Lance Bangs is. A) He's the husband of Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. B) He's directed music videos for Sonic Youth, Moby, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, the White Stripes, Arcade Fire, etc. C) He was one of the dudes who filmed Jackass, both the television show and the movies. D) He's filmed all your favorite comedians' stand-up specials—Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Marc Maron, David Cross.
Bangs' latest project, however, is a return to his musical roots—a documentary about the influential Louisville band Slint. Breadcrumb Trail: The Story of Slint, is a full-length film that includes never-before-seen footage of the band members from the early 1990s, when Bangs was just starting his career in Athens, Ga. It's being shown twice this weekend at Pilot Light in the Old City—on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m., with music performances to follow each night.
Slint is one of those mythical bands that broke up as the album that made them famous was released. That album, 1991's Spiderland, then influenced thousands of other bands (and would-be bands). Although three of the four band members—Brian McMahan, Britt Walford, and David Pajo—would go on to play in other renowned bands like Palace, Tortoise, the Breeders, and the For Carnation, the outsized legend and mystery of Slint continued to grow until they briefly reunited for a few shows over the past decade.
The documentary apparently deflates the myth. "We were really just super nerdy dudes playing in a basement," McMahan recently told the Louisville Courier-Journal. But that's probably for the best—I mean, do record geeks really need anything else to obsess over?
If you can't make the Pilot Light encore screenings (the Old City club presented the documentary during the Hello City Festival in March) this weekend, a copy of the film also comes with Touch and Go's new deluxe box set reissue of Spiderland. That's if you can find one—even at $150, all the pre-orders sold out.