- John Breslin
A feature documentary about the Irish DIY and independent music scene, tracing a history of bands, labels, designers, zines, music stores and venues crucial to this rich and extensive seam in the nation's music culture.
Featuring a diverse crop of acts including Villagers, Jape, The Ambience Affair, Kidd Blunt, and Hands Up Who Wants To Die among many others, as well as bloggers, zine-publishers, promoters andÂ enthusiasts, the 60 minute film connects the impact of Fugazi's first gig in Ireland to the rise of a thriving indie mind-set in music and the art, events and writing integral to it.
A Joyful Slog was produced by Community of Independents, a collection of videographers with an interest in documenting the bands and artists that make Dublinâ€™s music scene unique. Through gigs, discussion programmes, and regular interview and performance videos, the group highlight the talent in Dublinâ€™s pubs andÂ venues.
This is a fascinating documentary for anyone who is either unfamiliar or interested in discovering more about the real Irish music industry. The overall sense is one of determination, hope and enthusiasm. Itâ€™s heart warming, passionate and will hopefully instill desire, passion and support for not just the bands involved, but for the DIY / Indie scene in general.
Colin McCracken, louderthanwar.com