Brooklyn's Life of Agony are true survivors, overcoming obstacles including the crippling depression that infuses their all-time classic debut, 1993's River Runs Red, and the challenges surrounding lead vocalist Mina Caputo's gender transition. The tenacious band's story is told in the new 90-minute documentary The Sound of Scars, directed by Leigh Brooks and was filmed across several countries while LOA was on and off the road. "This isn't a typical music documentary. It's as personal as it gets," says Brooks. "I first saw the band live at the London Astoria in 1996. Since then, LOA has become an absolute go to when I felt alone and insecure about myself. This film is an intimate portrait that sheds light on the real life stories that makes their music so vital and relevant."
Starting Friday, April 16th, for a limited two-week window, fans will get the opportunity to stream a virtual screening of The Sound of Scars Director's Cut along with other bonus material, including a Q&A discussion with the band and director on the making of the film, moderated by SiriusXM's Liquid Metal host Shawn the Butcher. Tickets are available now and part of the proceeds go to benefit two charity organizations: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and All Out.
The Sound of Scars utilizes personal archive footage, rare photographs and lost interviews, along with new, never-before-seen conversations with the band and their family members that tells the story of how three friends overcame domestic violence, substance abuse and depression to make music that continues to inspire. "We've completely ripped our deepest selves open for this film," says guitarist Joey Zampella. "The audience and our fan base will completely understand the mold we were broken from, and what this journey means to us."
The 90-minute film also takes a deep dive into lead vocalist Mina Caputo's gender transition. "We've never avoided tough conversations and we don't pretend to have all the answers," says Caputo. "But, this film is a roadmap with many great lessons. It shows a ton of vulnerability... moments of falling downward and others where we rise strong. Enjoy this gift of imperfection. May you find the tools to be braver with this film."