Rosetta is not a typical band, and every album in their 10-year long discography attests to that statement. The Philadelphia post-metal band have consistently been reshaping the genre with each release, and especially on their newest album, Quintessential Ephemera. They have found a sort of cult following for their contemplative music, which have been their main support in recent years since going DIY. So what’s their story?
With Rosetta: Audio/Visual, we get a glimpse into the band, and the members’ lives as well. Just like the band, the story is not a typical story. This documentary takes us into the early (and quite hilarious) beginnings as a fake grind-core band, and shows their transition into the Rosetta we know today. Not only do we get a walk-through of their albums, EP’s, and splits, we get an insight into who each member is personally and how that fits into the band.
As you could imagine, the stories aren’t all positive, and their great advancements were first met with the hardships of being a struggling band. We learn about Mike Armine’s job as a high school teacher, we get an insight into Matt Weed’s personal family struggles, we find out about BJ McMurtrie’s goofy behaviors, and we learn what Dave Grossman’s integral part is in the band. With this, the documentary walks through releases from the band, starting with Galilean Satellites and ending with The Anaesthete. Each band member talks about the making of the album, the writing and recording process, and what stage the band was in when they released the album.
WATCH: ROSETTA LIVE IN NEW YORK – APRIL 19TH, 2013
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The documentary is packed tight with information on who Rosetta is, but they really drove the point home with beautifully shot live performances of songs spanning their discography. Justin Jackson, who was the director and producer of Rosetta: Audio/Visual really captured the essence of Rosetta in these performances, and combined it with wonderful imagery to meet the music. There were also clips of Rosetta in the studio recording The Anaesthete, which was my favorite part for the fact that I loved seeing how that album was created.
Rosetta: Audio/Visual is both an ambitious release for Jackson and the band, as it is not easy to cut into their deep, long history as a band and as people. It was executed outstandingly with a woven story connecting these 4 people, along with their family and friends, together. This is the first real look at the band, and after watching this documentary I’ve began to take more and more out of their music. I truly feel like I know these people, and I know exactly what their music means to them. I know what they were going through and why they wrote each album, and through that, I connect with the music even more. If you enjoy Rosetta, this documentary is worth your time to truly understand this band and their decade-long progression into the cultivation of post-metal.