Lightyear, who make their return next week as they kick off their 20th anniversary tour with two hometown dates at the Hairy Dog, have launched a Pledge campaign for new documentary Lightyear: This Music Doesn’t Belong To You.
The documentary focuses on the band as part of the second wave of punk in the UK and the mostly undocumented era of underground music, from 1995 onwards, where ‘kids’ were responsible for a homegrown scene.
On the campaign page they describe the film, “Circa 1995, the UK started to develop an underground DIY music scene. Teenagers were working with professional agents to book full time touring bands. Fanzines were in circulation providing press in a pre-internet age. Shows sprung up in community centres, churches, shipping containers, abandoned abattoir’s and anywhere else you could (or couldn’t) fit a P.A. and a crowd. “Kids” where responsible for every aspect of the scene, and chose to do this purely out of a need for this type of music and to push a positive message.
“One of the bands at the forefront of this scene was Lightyear.
“Injecting punk, hardcore and pop influences into their songs they rapidly became one of the most dynamic, enjoyable and outrageously unpredictable recorded and live bands in the UK. Whilst becoming infamous for their pranks which saw them invading Ice-t and Body Count’s Reading festival show dressed as a pantomime horse and being chucked off the Jack Ass tour, amongst other foolery, they struck a chord on a much deeper level with their surprisingly deep lyrics and at times clever and intricate song writing.
“It was a golden era of innocence, passion and debauchery. And it was never truly documented. Until now.”
Options for supporting the film, which will be available on DVD as well as digital download include packages including tickets to the London premiere of the film.
Lightyear have reformed after originally splitting in 2003 after release of their second album and playing their last ‘ever’ gig at the Assembly Rooms. They start a UK tour next week with two dates at the Hairy Dog in Derby – 19 October with support from Pet Crow, and a sold out show on 20 October with support from Unqualified Nurse Band.
Support the Pledge campaign for Lightyear: This Music Doesn’t Belong To You here.
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