MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM ROCK DOC HIGHLIGHTS THE EARLY 2000S NYC SCENE
They say music is the soundtrack of our lives and it often evokes the most vivid memories. Life landmarks are often punctuated by music playing in the background or by the music we choose to punctuate the moment. The rock doc Meet Me In The Bathroomtake a nostalgic glance at the NYC music scene of the early 2000s—pre and post 9/11.
Inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s bestselling book, Meet Me In The Bathroom is an immersive archival journey through the explosive New York music scene of the early 2000s. Set against the backdrop of 9/11 and a world unaware of the seismic political, technological and cultural shifts about to occur, this acclaimed documentary tells the story of the last great romantic age of rock 'n' roll through the prism of a handful of era defining bands, including The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, TV on the Radio, and The Moldy Peaches.
Directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace (Shut Up and Play the Hits) present an exploration of myth and music, time and place that tells the story of how a new generation kickstarted a musical rebirth for New York City that reverberated around the world. Combining never before seen footage, intimate audio interviews and a visceral sense of time and place, Meet Me In The Bathroom is a raw, confessional and authentic evocation of the pre-social media, pre-gentrification world of New York, as it examines the lives of key figures from each band, the transformation of the city, and the cultural forces that shaped it.
And at the very least, the music is great for any scenesters from back in the day. It’s fascinating to watch The Strokes emerge and then self-destruct. The same with Interpol. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs struggled but have managed to find longevity as have LCD Soundsystem. The NYC music of this era saw young bands rise up and build a scene imploding or continuing—all while crafting groundbreaking music in a world before social media and music streaming.