September 1st will see the release of the original score for the film The Glamour & The Squalor, composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. The film was produced and directed by Marq Evans with music supervision by Kevin Moyer, who also produced the album and accompanying upcoming soundtrack. The film is available now on all platforms.
The Glamour & The Squalor tells the tale of Marco Collins, a true tastemaker before tastemaker culture became a buzzword, and a source behind some of your favorite bands. If you’re a devoted AQ reader, there’s little chance that Marco hasn’t affected your music tastes. He was the first DJ to play Nirvana, Pearl Jam or Weezer on the air. He ranks in the final front of America’s last great rock radio DJs, the gatekeeper of discovery at a time when finding music worth devoting yourself to was a grueling, dedicated process in the pre-digital world.
The story is, of course, not without its pitfalls. Marco turned his passion into a significant lifetime of work, but battled serious demons along the way, being drawn too deeply into the world he was covering. Nevertheless, he’s still standing.
The film is packed with musical heroes. “Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney,” lists Evans. “Mike McCready, from Pearl Jam, not only is in the movie but scored the film too. There’s a great interview we found with Kurt Cobain talking about, I don’t want to spoil it, but talking about Marco and the End. That’s a great little scene with Marco and Kurt. Patty Schemel from Hole, Matt Pinfield from MTV days, Shirley Manson from Garbage.”
McCready wrote and performed a generous batch of tracks for the score showcasing both his guitar chops and flair for creating striking moods with his use of a variety of instruments including Mellotron, autoharp and strings.
This Antiquiet-exclusive track is actually three different sections of the score, the first two offerings being Darkness and Lightness. The intro track gives way to a deeply-rockin’ 90s era jam vibe which sounds like it’s waiting for a Dave Grohl vocal, then to a gorgeously delicate, sunrays-through-the-trees poignancy, on wings of layered strings and acoustic guitar.
The movie is now available on Amazon, or for purchase/rent on iTunes.
Grab the McCready’s score for The Glamour & The Squalor here.