The Charlatans Announce 'Mountain Picnic Blues' Documentary
Published Dec 21, 2012This year, English rock unit the Charlatans celebrated the 15th anniversary of their Tellin' Stories LP with a deluxe reissue and their 2012-recorded concert set Tellin' Stories Live: HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, but the band will keep the nostalgia trip going in 2013 with the release of a new documentary called Mountain Picnic Blues.
Named after a lyric from Tellin' Stories track "With No Shoes," the documentary will be issued on DVD in the UK on March 4. The film centres on the period around the recording of the 1997 LP, which yielded UK chart toppers "One to Another," "How High" and "North Country Boy."
As you can see in the trailer down below, interviews with band members will home in on some key moments of a pivotal period in the long-running outfit's career. "It just felt like our defining moment at the time," singer Tim Burgess says in the preview.
Despite the watershed performances on Tellin' Stories, the film will also have the surviving members of the Charlatans discussing the tragic car accident that killed original keyboardist Rob Collins midway through the recording sessions.
"It's in post production now and we don't want to watch it 'til they've finished it," bassist Martin Blunt told NME, adding of the filmmakers, "We left them to it, because if we started meddling in it would start to become a bit of a vanity project."
While the DVD hasn't pegged a North American release date, you can pre-order the set, which also includes a live CD record at Glasgow's Barrowlands and era-specific tour photos, over here.