Doc ‘n Roll is back after it’s Scottish debut in Edinburgh earlier this year, but this time in Glasgow, a city renowned for it’s music scene. Tonight I am there to see the poignant documentary, Our Most Brilliant Friends, which follows Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, as Slow Clu,b on their final tour around the UK.
After four well-received albums and ten years of touring, conflicting perspectives on success and Slow Club’s future have pushed the two apart. For many this was upsetting, but watching these seventy minutes of formidable relationships outlines the hardships that consequently come from permanent touring with different takes on where the band should go.
An intimate, bittersweet, honest portrait of what appears to be the band’s final tour, filmmaker Piers Dennis joined Charles and Rebecca on the road, capturing the vulnerabilities and blemishes, and yet the brilliance and affinity of their musical partnership and documenting what friendship looks like from the back of a bus. It gets everything, the camaraderie, elation, frustration and boredom of road life, but also captures the existential questions – ambition, artistic purpose, emotional fragility.
Shot in black and white, with a hand-held camera, Our Most Brilliant Friends documents the more delicate moments of the band, as this final tour really starts to get to them. The awakening scene is with a rather brutal interviewer, who asks them direct questions about their relationship, Charles directing the question towards a cushion. On the road witnessing the harsh and formidable relationship Piers captures the sad moments that could end a friendship but certainly a band. Rebecca at one point describes a relationship that is outstaying it’s welcome, when it’s sometimes nice but mostly unhealthy with lots of bad bits. It’s brutal and yet lovely simultaneously, Our Most Brilliant Friends is a must-see for any Slow Club fan.
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