Love Ghost: Ireland Tour

A band's first tour is an incredible thing. Traveling overseas with young people who have never left the United States, facing adversity (shows being cancelled, band members getting sick and arguing), and coming out the other side was both exhausting and exhilarating.

Genre: Documentary

Length: 29:56

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Producer/s : Dan Bell,

Director/s : Dan Bell, 

Writer/s : 

Actor/s : Finnegan Seeker Bell, Samson Young

 

First Ireland, next the world

Live Ghost is an LA rock band, comprising four members who don’t look quite old enough to buy alcohol for themselves in the States. Perhaps that’s why they chose to tour Ireland, with an Irish band who would supported them in a reciprocal California tour.

The lead guitarist and singer Finn looks like Ridgemont High era Sean Penn; bassist Ryan looks even more of a stoner; drummer Samson is well named; and the violin/keyboardist is surely up past her bedtime. But the guys can play, and if you want to conquer the world, you may as well start in Galway, especially if your music already has a grungy Waterboys-ish feel.

This is a film review site, not a music site. As a documentary, the film keeps up interest with a variety of camera angles, some sharp editing, and rapidly switches from fly-on-the-wall, to interviews and voiceovers, the gigs, and audience reactions. It zooms in on so many interesting aspects: how the four grew as people; the friendship between Mya and Samson; Mya feeling scapegoated when things went wrong; Ryan’s evident shyness on stage (bassists, eh?); the relationship between the two bands; Finn’s Irish roots, and his role as the band’s de facto, if reticent, focus and leader. Then, zoom done, it pans away.

With a strong topic and inbuilt conflict, the documentary director’s route is clear, and it can be scripted. But this subject is less well-defined, and the art of docu demands a handle, a theme, a story. Without this thread, we are left thinking that though it’s more than a scrapbook, it remains less than the sum of its parts. Not a bad film, then, just one that doesn’t transcend the predictable. Music fans, and anyone in a band, will rock along happily.

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