[SXSW 2011] Review: Foo Fighters: Back And Forth

Sharing names with a track from their upcoming album Wasting Light, the Back and Forth documentary tells story of how the Foo Fighters went from a demo tape during part of singer Dave Grohl's healing process after Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain passed away to the rock gods capable of playing two sold out shows at Wembley Stadium and fast-forwarding to them returning to their analog roots as they recorded Wasting Light.

The film is by far one of the most entertaining rock docs I've seen to date. Not only is it beautifully shot and put together, but it's genuinely as funny as the guys in the band. I was also impressed by how they tackle the "drama" that the band has experienced over the years. Grohl deserves a major hat tip for facing those areas of the bands history head on and not being ashamed to admit to the decisions he felt he needed to make. The lack of unnecessary finger pointing came as a pleasant surprise throughout the film. It seems as though for once we have a collection of level-headed rock musicians on our hands. How great is that for once? 

When the band started to get down to business and work on Wasting Light during the film, it was just another moment for the Foos to shine ever so brightly. Since the album was recorded in Grohl's garage, it removed a lot of the typical formalities that normally come with recording. You see a lot of interaction with their families and an overall easygoing atmosphere amongst everyone involved, which I'm sure will somehow end up having an impact on the way the record sounds in addition to being recorded to tape. It should also be said that the interaction captured between Dave Grohl and his daughters is one of the most heartwarming yet entertaining things you will ever see. To see Grohl, the ever screaming firey frontman patiently let one of his daughters crawl all over him while he's attempting to track his guitar tracks is worth the admission price alone. 

Anyone on the fence about how the Foo Fighters will be won over with this doc. Anyone already in love with them will feel all the more connected to an incredible band. 

 

Bottle rating: 5 out of 5 bottles!

 

You can catch Back and Forth screening on April 5th at a theater near you below: 

CITY STATE SHOW TIME(S) THEATER  
HOOVER AL 8:00 PM RMP PATTON CREEK 15  
HUNTSVILLE AL 8:00 PM VALLEY BEND 18  
MONTGOMERY AL 8:00 PM RAVE FESTIVAL PLAZA 16  
LITTLE ROCK AR 8:00 PM RAVE COLONEL GLENN 18  
SURPRISE AZ 7:00 PM ULTRASTAR SURPRISE POINTE 14  
PICO RIVERA CA 6:00 PM VILLAGE WALK 15  
LOS ANGELES CA 6:00 PM RAVE 18 – LA (FORMERLY THE BRIDGE)  
RIVERBANK CA 6:00 PM GALAXY 12-RIVERBANK  
TULARE CA 6:00 PM GALAXY 10-TULARE  
BUENA PARK CA 6:00 PM KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATRES  
MONROVIA CA 6:00 PM KRIKORIAN 12-MONROVIA  
REDLANDS CA 6:00 PM KRIKORIAN PREMIERE THEATRES  
HOLLYWOOD CA 6:00 PM CHINESE  
APPLE VALLEY CA 6:00 PM ULTRASTAR APPLE VALLEY 14  
CHULA VISTA CA 6:00 PM ULTRASTAR CHULA VISTA 10  
COLORADO SPRINGS CO 7:00 PM CHAPEL HILLS 15  
FORT COLLINS CO 7:00 PM CARMIKE 10  
BRADENTON FL 9:00 PM CARMIKE ROYAL PALM 20  
MELBOURNE FL 9:00 PM RMP AVENUE 16  
FERNANDINA BEACH FL 9:00 PM CARMIKE AMELIA ISLAND 7  
PENSACOLA FL 9:00 PM RAVE BAYOU 15  
PORT ST LUCIE FL 9:00 PM RAVE PORT ST LUCIE 14  
COLUMBUS GA 9:00 PM CARMIKE 15  
CONYERS GA 9:00 PM CARMIKE CONYERS CROSSROADS 16  
SAVANNAH GA 9:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 11-SAVANNAH  
JOHNSTON IA 8:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 16-JOHNSTON  
CHAMPAIGN IL 8:00 PM BEVERLY CENTER 18  
DEKALB IL 8:00 PM CARMIKE MARKET SQUARE 10  
PEORIA IL 8:00 PM GRAND PRAIRIE 18  
PLAINFIELD IN 8:00 PM RMP METROPOLIS 18  
EVANSVILLE IN 8:00 PM EAST 18 EVANSVILLE  
MANHATTAN KS 8:00 PM SETH CHILDS 12  
BATON ROUGE LA 8:00 PM RAVE MALL OF LOUISIANA 15  
GRAND RAPIDS MI 9:00 PM CELEBRATION! CINEMAS GRAND RAPIDS – NORTH  
NOVI MI 9:00 PM EMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT NOVI  
BIRCH RUN MI 9:00 PM EMAGINE HOLLYWOOD 10  
OAKDALE MN 8:00 PM CARMIKE OAKDALE 20  
WARRENSBURG MO 8:00 PM CARMIKE UNIVERSITY 8-WARRENSBURG  
BILLINGS MT 7:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 10-BILLINGS  
MISSOULA MT 7:00 PM CARMIKE 10-MISSOULA  
HICKORY NC 9:00 PM CARMIKE 14  
ASHEVILLE NC 9:00 PM CARMIKE 10-ASHEVILLE  
FAYETTEVILLE NC 9:00 PM CARMIKE MARKET FAIR 15  
JACKSONVILLE NC 9:00 PM CARMIKE 16-JACKSONVILLE  
WINSTON-SALEM NC 9:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 12-WINSTON-SALEM  
CARSON CITY NV 6:00 PM GALAXY FANDANGO 10  
NORTH LAS VEGAS NV 6:00 PM GALAXY CANNERY 16  
LAS VEGAS NV 6:00 PM RAVE TOWN SQUARE 18  
MENTOR OH 9:00 PM ATLAS CINEMAS GREAT LAKES STADIUM 16  
COLUMBUS OH 9:00 PM RMP POLARIS 18  
WEST CHESTER OH 9:00 PM RMP WEST CHESTER 18  
STILLWATER OK 8:00 PM CARMIKE 10-STILLWATER  
CORVALLIS OR 6:00 PM CARMIKE 12-CORVALIS  
CENTER VALLEY PA 9:00 PM RMP PROMENADE 16  
CHARLESTON SC 9:00 PM JAMES ISLAND 8  
FRANKLIN TN 8:00 PM THOROUGHBRED 20  
JOHNSON CITY TN 8:00 PM JOHNSON CITY 14  
MORRISTOWN TN 8:00 PM COLLEGE SQUARE  
CHATTANOOGA TN 8:00 PM EAST RIDGE 18  
DYERSBURG TN 8:00 PM CARMIKE 9-DYERSBURG  
KNOXVILLE TN 8:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 16-KNOXVILLE  
EDINBURG TX 8:00 PM CARMIKE 20  
AUSTIN TX 8:00 PM GALAXY HIGHLAND 10  
FORT WORTH TX 8:00 PM RMP RIDGMAR 13  
HOUSTON TX 8:00 PM RMP YORKTOWN 15  
HURST TX 8:00 PM RMP NORTH EAST MALL 18  
TYLER TX 8:00 PM CARMIKE 14-TYLER  
PROVO UT 7:00 PM CARMIKE WYNNSONG 12-PROVO  
ROANOKE VA 9:00 PM CARMIKE 10  
FAIRFAX VA 9:00 PM FAIFAX  
CHARLOTTESVILLE VA 9:00 PM CARMIKE 6-CHARLOTTESVILLE  
GIG HARBOR WA 6:00 PM GALAXY UPTOWN 10