While the so-called digital revolution has no doubt affected the film industry, it can’t compare to the way the music has essentially imploded post-Napster. It’s harder than ever before for many musicians to make art and still make a living, even when they have some semblance of success. It’s a conundrum that the member of Montreal experimental outfit Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (aka A Silver Mt. Zion, The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band with Choir and Thee Silver Mountain Reveries) face in the new documentary “Come Worry With Us!” and the first trailer has arrived to give you a glimpse at life of musicians trying to make it in today’s landscape.
Focusing on singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck and violinist Jessica Moss, the Helene Klodawksy-directed film takes a look at how having a child can complicate touring and how it can bring to light the problems that the music profession can bring. Whereas the somewhat thematically-similar doc “The Other F Word” spread itself too thin by featuring too many punk rockers-turned-fathers (and only fathers, it must be said), this film appears to give a deeper and more intimate look at the day-to-day struggles of marrying parenthood to the life of a musician.
“Come Worry With Us!” hits iTunes on May 13th with other digital platforms getting the film starting May 30th. Watch the trailer and read the synopsis below.
Singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck and violinist Jessica Moss, both members of the revered Montreal band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Menuck is in fact a founding member of the group), had it all figured out … or at least some of it. Partners in love and art, they were making music and a modest living touring in their own band, the extraordinary Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. But when their son Ezra is born, everything changes. In the age of the digital download, constant touring is synonymous with economic survival. But is the road a place for a toddler? Featuring extensive footage of Thee Silver Mt. Zion performing live on their North American tour, Come Worry With Us delivers a heartfelt depiction of the increasingly complex personal choices musicians – and especially women – have to make in today’s music business.