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Heavy Heads Presents Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback

Thu 26 November 2009 // 20:00

(Thu 26th / 8pm / £4/3)

The Heavy Heads proudly present a rare UK screening of this award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary. The film examines the intriguing tale of five disparate men who met while serving as GIs in cold war Germany and went on to form The Monks, undoubtedly one of the most ground-breaking cult bands in pop history. Along with their two art-obsessed mangers they christened themselves as the anti-Beatles. They were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo; they had strange haircuts, dressed in black and paved the way for many musical and pop cultural trends to come. Their sound has been quoted as everything from an early form of heavy metal and industrial, to pioneers of techno music and krautrock trailblazers. 'You can hear their influence across decades', states Radiohead's Colin Greenwood.

The five protagonists of the film came to cold war Germany in 1961 as soldiers and left the country in 1967 as avant-garde musical originators. For more than thirty years after the event they didn’t talk about their former lives, in this film for the first time they recount their adventure. Also includes appearances by Joachim Irmler (Faust), Jon Spencer and Genesis P-Orridge.

In the bar the Heavy Heads DJs will be playing fine selection of Garage Punk, Heavy Psych and Krautrock.