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I'm Too Old For This Sh*t Documentary Movie

By Francisco Zamudio, Metal X Candy 2.0
Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 8:11 AM


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When you think of Florida’s Metal scene, you probably think of the infamous Death Metal scene it spawned, at least that’s what comes to my mind. Granted there have been a lot of great bands to have sprouted from that end of the east coast but what about the great bands no one has heard of? Or at least bands you THINK no one had heard of. Enter Brandon, Florida’s own SIREN and their tale known as I’m Too Old For This Sh*t, produced by the multi-talented Chris Jericho.

This Rockumentary is one of those that gives hope for the little guy, or in this case the little band that could… or could they? After what can only be called a 30 year hiatus the group is sought out to perform at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE FEST and the film follows the 5-piece consisting of original members drummer Ed Aborn and vocalist Doug Lee along with bassist Gregg Culbertson and guitarists Todd Grubbs and Hal Dunn as they get an opportunity to fulfill theirs and any bands dream of playing Europe and one of its prime festivals.

Without giving too much away about their journey to Germany, with the re-kindling of friendships and the bumps along the way in finding bandmates that are well enough to be a part of this special occasion, there is additional commentary and support from the film’s producer Jericho and FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward who is also long-time friends of Ed and SIREN. What started way back in the early 1980’s, these teenagers had a plan to rule the world of Metal. Disagreements and misunderstandings lead to the demise of SIREN at a young age. Through the blessing of die- hard fans on the other side of the world, an aged Ed and Doug would set those differences aside and leave it in the past where it belongs to team-up once again and help achieve a dream their young teenage minds had back then. There isn’t a moment where they don’t pause and soak up the energy and all the emotion leading up to the big gig. This is something that I hope takes notice because it was admiring to see them living in every moment.

Back in the day SIREN had quickly gained recognition through fanzines (as they were known at the time) and true DIY (DO-IT-YOURSELF) hustle. Their name spread throughout the world as far out as Saudi Arabia, South America and of course Europe where our story would eventually take us. With additional support of Brandon locals NASTY SAVAGE, they arranged a local warm-up/comeback to shake the cobwebs and any stagefright before packing up and heading to Germany.

There are a lot of highlights throughout the film that reflect how wide an audience and impact SIREN had. It even shocked them to realize how far their sound reached. Any musician in a band will gravitate to the story here and I think non-musicians will also feel a bond as this isn’t only a tale of a band getting their shot (albeit 30 years later) but for those of us that don’t let a dream go and are able to buckle up for the ride and enjoy every aspect. I couldn’t imagine myself sticking with the same first band that I was in back in the day (GAWD that was a waste of time) but for some, probably many, their first band is like their first love and have stuck with it and likely for reasons very much like SIREN’s, that one day a raging fan from the other side of the world will get you on the phone and ask,”hey you guys want to play a European festival?”

5.0 Out Of 5.0


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