by Seth Graves
Local filmmaker Seth Pomeroy's seven-year labor of love Couldn’t You Wait? The Story of Silkworm was released digitally via VHX back on Monday. In a rare move for a Nashville documentarian, Pomeroy spent over half a decade collecting interviews — with indie heavyweights like Stephen Malkmus, Steve Albini and Jeff Tweedy — and stock footage that had absolutely nothing to do with a Nashville band, or anything really to do with Nashville in general. Rather, Pomeroy's film chronicles the notoriously little-known career of veteran indie act Silkworm.
You can stream or download "Just the Movie" for $5. The more avid Silkworm fan can get “The Movie Deluxed” for $10, and that includes 86 minutes of “live Worm.” For a total of $20, you can get “Absolutely Everything,” which includes the kitchen sink of what Pomeroy spent the better part of his 20s collecting. It's an interesting model for a film release. Pomeroy attributes the following review on his Facebook page to Albini:
Just watched the documentary, god damn. It's like the "finished" movie I saw a year ago was only an outline. Probably the most comprehensive, loving movie about a band ever.
It's what everybody who loves the band would want it to be. The tone suits the people involved and it's not over-full of information, crappy live audio or meaningless talking. Most band documentaries, in the interest of completeness, go through a meticulous laundry list of career talking points, without appreciating that certain episodes just aren't that interesting. This documentary is like human memory — the dull parts are acknowledged but not paid lip-service and don't burn up your attention span. The essence of the band and the people comes across better than any other attempt at a movie like this.