5 old VW camper vans. 4 bands. 3 thousand miles. 2 weeks. 1 gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands (Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bear’s Den) pile into their rides and head northeast. They play everywhere from bars to barns, rooms to rooftops, packing out tiny venues and wowing crowds with their unique sounds. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together. Featuring Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett and narrated by Gill Landry this documentary is about a modern tour, done the old fashioned way. 70 mins.
User Reviews: I love music. I was hoping to get a view of the road from other musicians’ perspective. Instead, I got garbage.
Most of the footage captured should have been edited for Instagram. The musicians are boring, incredibly pretentious people. I found myself hoping all the mini buses stopped working forcing the tour and the documentary to end.
Speaking of documentary, what does Austin to Boston document? Most of the shots are of the Staves singing in the woods while a shaky cameraman attempts to record "art" and nature.
Simply put, nothing happens. There is no drama, story arc or resolution. Again, this would have been GREAT Instagram footage.
Let me summarize this movie for you. Some people tour from Austin to Boston. They drive, sing the same songs over and over again, and then they swim in a swimming pool.
Even if you’re a fan of the artists depicted, don’t watch it. Horribly boring.