MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM
From the smoke-filled, cramped apartments and sweaty dance floors of pre-9/11 Manhattan, it was impossible not to hear about one band: The Strokes. These five shaggy-haired prep school kids played revivalist garage rock for the modern age, and were constantly heralded for saving music from MTV’s chokehold. But they were just the tip of the iceberg for an eclectic music scene that danced on the ashes of Y2K anxiety while encouraging creativity and debauchery equally. In Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern’s exhilarating nostalgia overload documentary MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM, the directors tell the interlacing story of over a half dozen bands that would come to define an entire era. Adapted from the oral history tome of the same name by Lizzie Goodman, the doc eschews traditional interviews for wild behind-the-scenes antics, sobering confrontations, and the nasty hangover when things go a little too far.
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