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Judd Apatow offers powerful look at The Avett Brothers in ‘May It Last’ documentary

By in Press Enterprise on February 12, 2018

By Erik Pedersen

Brothers fight.

And brothers in bands? Well, just a short list of scrapping siblings would include Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, Phil and Don of the Everly Brothers, John and Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival and, most famously (or just the loudest), Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis.

Which is just one more reason why the Avett Brothers duo of Scott and Seth Avett are such a unique pair. As seen in the new HBO documentary, “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, the brothers come off not only as fine, hardworking musicians, but as exemplary siblings, as well .

Filmed over 2 years as they toured and worked on the 2016 album “True Sadness,” the documentary shows the brothers composing together, easily picking up on each other’s work to create songs together. And they address their own relationship, copping to the fact that they couldn’t really imagine working with anyone else in the same way.

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Providing some funny stories of them as kids as well as some early live recordings with a loud early band, the documentary mainly sticks with the brothers, their family, their band and crew and producer Rick Rubin. While it doesn’t offer a wide-angle look at the band, it does offer something perhaps more poignant: intimate portraits of their working lives and relationships.

One telling segment shows the brothers cutting firewood with their father (they all live near each other in North Carolina). It’s sweet, funny and unaffected, and their father is an especially delightful added voice to the documentary. He’s both supportive – he says he would like their music even if they weren’t his sons – and a down-to-earth presence who doesn’t appear to have let their success change how he treats them (which, for […]    

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