Sweet Rock: The Red Weasel Story: DVD

Red Weasel was an alt-rock band from small-town Maryland, circa 1990. Sweet Rock includes a half hour documentary covering the band’s original run, recent reunion, and a rerelease of their EP, Rawlsdeeep. While Red Weasel didn’t do anything on a national scale, Sweet Rock shows how important they were in a certain place at a certain time. Every weekend, they’d host open rehearsals that attracted all of the local misfits and helped to a form a community. Among the documentary’s talking heads are a married couple who met at one of these parties. The band played Butthole Surfers-influenced alternative rock, with swirling guitars overtaking the drums and the occasional bit of heavy metal to shock the system. The music and movie aren’t gonna knock you on your ass, but both are charming and lovingly rendered. If you’ve seen your favorite band play in a basement, you will definitely find this story heartwarming. I bet there are a few dozen graying gen-X-ers who can’t wait to get their hands on this and get nostalgic. It worked on me, and I’d never heard of this band. –Chris Terry (sweetrockdoc.com)