SHINDIG! Magazine Review


Independent magazine SHINDIG! known to focus on the more neglected moments of rock’s royalty to the weird and wonderfully unsung world of garage bands, psychedelic fly by nights, pot smoking country-rock bands, hippie folkies and country singers; took the time to review Pushin’ Too Hard and had some wonderful words to share about our rock documentary!

Read the entire review below:

5 Star Review

“This could easily have been just another low-budget puff piece, with blurry/grainy footage you’ve seen a hundred times. Given this band’s history, it could just as easily have been a lurid, sensationalist hatchet job. It’s neither. It never flags, never gets boring, and delivers the full truth on both sides of the happy/sad ledger. Sky Saxon literally invented the sneering template that defined garage-rock in the mid-60s, a full year earlier than you saw anyone else doing it. And, unlike most others working that genre, his band didn’t have to wait a couple of decades to be appreciated. They were big international stars and sold tons of records – on a very small LA label with spotty distribution. No mean feat. That music’s creation is covered admirably here. The band’s history is covered even better – with brand-new interviews with the two surviving original members and ample conversation with the two that have left us. Saxon’s post-Seeds travails-off-the-rails are detailed extensively – lovingly but factually, warts-and-all. Members of his 21st century “Seeds” come across as likeable, sympathetic figures, as does virtually everyone else in this story. The inevitable array of talking heads is brilliantly chosen, their joyous fandom is obvious and sincere. Iggy, The Bangles, Rodney Bingenheimer, Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Mark Weitz, and an awestruck (almost humbled) Kim Fowley are all on hand, as is Love’s Johnny Echols, who provides much colour and perspective. But the best surprise comes from an unlikely source: Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, who speaks at length about Sky and The Seeds in the same way you’ve seen Keith Richards talk about Chuck Berry. “

Mike Fornatale   SHINDIG magazine U.K.