The makers of the upcoming documentary “Eternity Road: The Story of Lowlife” — chronicling the cult Scottish band that formed in 1984 and released its final album a decade later — promise to expose “the greatest post-punk band you never heard” through rare footage and interviews with band members, family and fellow musicians.
Director David Bruggink, who is co-producing the film with original Lowlife guitarist Stuart Everest, tells Slicing Up Eyeballs he hopes to begin production this summer with an eye toward a 2014 release. He expects to create a longer, 90-minute version to be screened at film festivals and released on DVD, plus a shorter version that the producers will shop to television.
Bruggink said he’s not yet sure whether he and Everest — who left the band after its second album — will finance the project through private funding or use the ever-popular Kickstarter to solicit donations from boosters. For now, Lowlife fans can track the project via the documentary’s Facebook page, and check out the short teaser trailer that’s posted above.
Between 1985 and 1995, Lowlife — which featured original Cocteau Twins bassist Will Heggie and was managed by Brian Guthrie, brother of the Cocteaus’ Robin Guthrie — released five albums and a number of EPs before disbanding around 1997.
The band’s story ultimately has a tragic ending, though, as lead singer Craig Lorentson, whose deep baritone helped give Lowlife its signature sound, died in 2010 at the age of 44 after suffering from liver and kidney problems.