Slint are one of those weird bands that blew up just by word of mouth, similar to Death but in a more niche way. What happened to Slint is something that could never happen to a band today, there’s no way a band could record an album, break up and then release it with no promotion and the album becomes a post rock classic.
Breadcrumb Trail is the story of Slint, directed by nice guy Lance Bangs (who also directed a great Pavement documentary). Over the the 90 minute or so run time we find out about the weird life of Slint and it’s members, what’s interesting about Slint is how they seemed to be making music just for themselves, members would often release music under fake names and take ages in between songs at shows to tune their instruments. It’s almost like the members of Slint didn’t want fame or attention, well Brit didn’t at least. The documentary itself features appearances from big punk and hardcore names like Ian MacKaye and Steve Albini which were short lived but interesting to hear from.
Unfortunately if you’re already a fan of Slint and know about their story this documentary won’t really add anything new, it’s a collection of all the Slint stories and jokes about Slint that have been floating around for years so Breadcrumb Trail can be boring at times and drag on. Breadcrumb Trail is a good music documentary about one of the more interesting bands in post rock, Lance Bangs does a good job of collecting all the stories of Slint and turning them into one cohesive piece, Breadcrumb Trail is a 6/10.
In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.