Coming to theatres today, Wednesday, May 15:
PARALLEL LOVE: THE STORY OF A BAND CALLED LUXURY
Newport Beach, St Louis, Southern Circuit
The unusual history of alt-rock band Luxury, from its 1990s origins to the present.
The members of the band that would become known as Luxury met in a Christian college in Toccoa GA. Though they signed with independent Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records, their music was not particularly concerned with religious or spiritual messages, and, instead, pushed the boundaries of acceptable content, with lyrics suggesting ambiguous sexuality. Gaining attention and an audience locally, the band saw their dreams of stardom be upended after a major vehicular accident while touring, and within a few years, the bandmates went their separate ways. When they reunite several years later, three of the five musicians have become ordained Orthodox priests in the intervening years, the accident having had a major impact on their worldview. Matt Hinton’s film takes a loving, if at times somewhat insular, view of Luxury, with which most viewers likely will not be that familiar. Still, the bandmates come off as very appealing, charismatic subjects, particularly lead singer Lee Bozeman, and the unusual path they took to embracing religion, while not as central a topic as it could have been, makes this an intriguing portrait that elevates it beyond the typical rock band doc.