Michael Rowe is best known for playing antihero Floyd "Deadshot" Lawton on DC's TV series Arrow, but he's a punk rocker at heart. Having spent 10 years writing songs and drumming with his punk band Bucket Truck (a gig that saw him sharing the stage with Slayer, Fishbone and more), the actor knows a thing or two about the DIY underground.
Enter Crown and Anchor, an upcoming, hardcore-inspired indie drama starring Rowe as a straight-edge cop who's forced to reckon with his family demons after returning home for his mother's funeral. Natalie Brown (The Strain), Robert Joy (CSI: NY, The Hills Have Eyes) and Stephen McHattie (Orphan Black, Seinfeld) round out the cast for the movie, which Rowe co-wrote with his brother Andrew (who also directed) and music/film journalist Matt Wells. (The movie's currently bound for the festival circuit, with a widespread cinematic release TBA.)
An exclusive new trailer for the Crown and Anchor (see above) offers a fleeting, violent glimpse of the drama, set to music from Boston hardcore legends DYS. It follows a similar trailer soundtracked by industrial-rap posse Ho99o9 and lo-fi Brooklyn rockers Blood on the Wall, which you can check out below.
In addition to the aforementioned bands, Crown and Anchor features music from seminal punk bands such as the Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Project X, Side by Side, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and X-Ray Spex. An official soundtrack release has yet to be announced. Stay tuned to the film's website for future updates.
Crown and Anchor's raucous musical accompaniment isn't just background noise: According to Rowe, hardcore is essential to understanding the differences between his brother's character, James, and his freewheeling cousin Danny, portrayed by Matt Wells. "Punk music became a way to join the two, but also make them opposite," he explains. "The songs would reflect them as characters: James' music would be aggressive, alienating, straight-edge, judgmental, and Danny's music would be more fun, more loose, less aggressive, easier to relate to for the audience."