Get an Exclusive Peek at ‘Who is Lydia Loveless?’
Gorman Bechard has made films about the likes of The Replacements, Archers of Loaf and Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart. Now, he’s training his camera on alt-country singer-songwriter, Lydia Loveless. Who is Lydia Loveless? comes to DVD on November 24, but, today, TIDAL has a 10-minute clip exclusively from Bechard himself.
The doc follows the Ohio native in the studio as she records her 2016 album Real. “Lydia is the future of rock & roll,” the director says in a release. “She straps you onto an emotional roller coaster of love, lust, drunken mistakes, a little stalking, a lot of heartbreak, and you’re left breathless, stunned, happy to have taken the ride.”
Loveless grew up surrounded by country music (her dad owned a country music bar) mixed with a hearty shot of punk, melding all those influences into her own distinctive sound: somewhere in between Loretta Lynn and The Replacements. She also covered the aforementioned Bieber hit song “Sorry,” so you can through some pop in there, too.
We chatted with Loveless about the doc and how it came to be.
On how she met Gorman Bechard… We were both into The Replacements. Obviously, he did a Replacements documentary a few years ago. And I think he was asking for music suggestions, and I was thrown in. And he really liked [my music]. We were basically keeping in touch on the Twitters for the most part. He ended up coming to one of our shows, and I kind of sensed that he was going to throw out there that he wanted to do a movie. And it just seemed like a weird thing to say no to. So I said sure.
On having the camera follow her… I should probably just accept that my life is just always going to be weird. After a while it didn’t really seem like people were there filming anything, because you just go back to doing your job. I had made it really clear: I don’t want this to affect anything that we’re doing for our record. [The camera crew] definitely did a good job of blending in.
On watching herself on film… I’ve seen it like four times because I had to help edit it. That was awkward and awful. But it got eventually better and easier to watch. It was almost like I was sitting in a critique of my own self. It was kind of like editing my own life.
My behavior and the way I speak… has never been my strong suit. And then I watched a two-hour movie about myself talking. But I guess it was kind of helpful. You could just kind of see discomfort, I thought, radiating off of me, like with just being myself. So that was something that was kind of jarring, and I’ve been sort of trying to work on since then.
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