Monday, July 6, 2009


A new documentary on Bad Brains. Appropriately titled Bad Brains, the documentary tells the story of the legendary D.C. hardcore band from their beginning to present-day. Bad Brains is an American hardcore punk band formed in Washington, D.C. in 1977. It is widely regarded as among the pioneers of the genre, though the band's members objected to the term "hardcore" to describe their music.

Originally formed as a jazz fusion ensemble under the name Mind Power, Bad Brains developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound, which was both musically complex, and was often played faster and more emphatically than the music of many of their peers. They were also an adept reggae band, in a sort of Jekyll-and-Hyde arrangement, while later recordings featured elements of other genres. Bad Brains are also notable as religious followers of the Rastafari movement. Bad Brains broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers and/or drummers. The band's classic and current lineup is singer H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson, H.R.'s younger brother.

Despite reforming in 2007, seminal hardcore punk band Bad Brains are still an overlooked entity. That could change with a new documentary that tells the band's story through interviews with their contemporaries and with footage of the band on their reunion tour. The documentary isn't completely finished yet, but the trailer is below for you viewing pleasure.