TrinityRoots: Music Is Choice CD/DVD
By Lydia Jenkin
This package is full of gems that help explain why TrinityRoots connected with so many Kiwis. It contains a CD of tracks from TrinityRoots’ live performances at Wellington Town Hall in 2004 and ’05, plus a DVD of the excellent ‘Music Is Choice’ documentary by Wellingtonian Sarah Hunter, along with a few extras such as the beautiful Chris Graham-directed music videos for Little Things and Home, Land & Sea, and the hilarious ‘True, bro’ promo clip.
It has a meandering, musing quality that suits the subject and feels comprehensive at its ‘70 mins plus extras’ length, a valuable documentation of a band who helped to define NZ’s musical landscape in the 2000s with their particular fusion of roots, jazz, blues, reggae, folk and soul. The CD captures their ESP-like ability to communicate as a live trio which made their shows a spiritual experience. In-depth interviews with Maxwell, Gooch and Hemopo, filmed separately, in their own spaces after the band broke up in 2005, form the backbone of the doco. It also features interviews with various colleagues, contributors and friends, interspersed by a wealth of footage shot over their six years together, which frequently draws a laugh or tear. Even though the emphasis is firmly on ‘tribute’ rather than ‘expose’ it sets a high standard for band documentaries and is a delightful watch.