Hedonism’s Second Album follows the four-piece, all male indie rock group ‘Hedonism’ made up of Gareth, Chimney, Michael and Sumo. They’re four lads in their mid-twenties who are obsessed with music and who’ve had quiet dreams of breaking it big for a long time now. But mainly they’ve enjoyed mucking about, living in near squalor and being young; living, in fact, fairly hedonistically. When we meet them, they’re locked into the studio to challenge the dreaded second album curse. Their studio, Empire, has given them a tight-deadline to produce sheer brilliance, but it isn’t going so well.
Enter Phil. A hot-shot new producer the studio has sent in to get, and keep, the boys on track. They have mixed feelings about a new producer, but are taken further aback when Phil turns out to be a domineering woman. Phil’s arrival in the boys’ life sends relationships reeling and crashing but at the same time, awesome tracks are being laid down. The pressure mounts. The shit hits the fan. Will Hedonism even stay together, let alone make their deadline?
This is a tale of men fighting for their identity. There are friendships here, dirty studio floors, old guitars, the smell of beer and lots of ‘fucks’, as well as a particularly strong desire for money and fame. Relationships are tested and values questioned as ultimately the boys have to figure out the value of growing up when they’ve been given a pass to never have to. It tackles the idea of contemporary Australian masculine identity head-on, interrogating its flaws and ideals in a funny and moving fashion.
CO-WRITER/CO-DIRECTOR / DAVID BURTON
CO-WRITER/CO-DIRECTOR / CLAIRE CHRISTIAN
PERFORMERS / PATRICK DWYER, GREG MACKENZIE, STEVE PIRIE, ELL SACHS, BEN WARREN
2014 / La Boite – Indie Performance Season
2013 / Metro Arts – Creative Development