watch the trailer for ‘Redd Kross: Born Innocent’ documentary
It's kinda amazing that there hasn't already been a documentary about Redd Kross, the cult L.A. band led by brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald since 1978. They were just 15 and 11, respectively, when they formed -- originally called Red Cross before changing it after a cease-and-desist from charitable organization Red Cross -- and have forged their own weird, awesome path ever since, from their early punk days into glam, powerpop, '70s riff rock and beyond. We are getting one now, though, with director Andrew Reich's Redd Kross: Born Innocent. Featuring interviews with Jeff and Steve, as well as Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover (The Melvins) and original Red Cross member Greg Hetson (Bad Religion, Circle Jerks), Born Innocent makes the case that Redd Kross is "the seminal Los Angeles band of the last 40 years." The film recently launched a Kickstarter to fund its production and you can watch a trailer for the film below.
Redd Kross released Beyond the Door this summer and just started their tour with Melvins and ShitKid that hits Brooklyn’s Warsaw on October 10 and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony on October 11. Tickets for both are still available.
While Born Innocent is their first documentary, it is not the first film for the McDonald brothers, having starred in 1984 low budget underground cult classic Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and its sequel, Lovedolls Superstar. You can watch Desperate Teenage Lovedolls below.