- Words Matilda Carnall
The long-awaited documentary, 'Meet Me in the Bathroom', depicting New York’s electric music scene in the early 2000s hits cinemas on March 10th.
Inspired by Lizzy Goodman’s 2017 archival book of the same name, Meet Me in the Bathroom is a time portal into the explosive music scene of 2000s New York. A timeless film that any music lover must watch, it captures the essence of the era from mischief and danger, to romance and fiery sexuality. Driven by the excitement of the turn of the century, the decade marked a newfound love for indie-rock and was fuelled by the boundless freedom of twenty-somethings in a happening crowd.
The film, directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, is mainly comprised of archival footage with added new and archived voiceovers from veterans of the scene including Karen O, Paul Banks and many more. Although titled after the prolific track by The Strokes, who notably spearheaded the entire scene with their instant rise to fame, the doc also focuses in on the artists Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and Moldy Peaches among others.
Meet Me in the Bathroom got its first soundcheck, if you will, when it premiered at the 2022 Sundance film festival. It comes a decade after director Lovelace’s Sundance debut with 2012 film Shut Up and Play the Hits, which was met with success by both critics and fans alike. His most recent project has all the potential of the aforementioned, with the addition of myriad dizzying names to hook in even those less versed on noughties culture.
Offering an exclusive insight into New York’s grimy love affair with indie-rock, Meet Me in the Bathroom is out Friday. Take it or leave it.