“It was like the island of misfit toys, with all the weirdos and the smart kids. Once we found each other, it was like, ‘You’re not gonna fuck with us.’” That’s how Sab Grey of Iron Cross describes the early Washington, D.C., hardcore scene chronicled in the new documentary, Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution.
The film spotlights the decade from 1980 to 1990 with interviews, photos and never-before-seen performances. It took director/writer Scott Crawford four years and $50,000 from a Kickstarter campaign to make the film, which includes footage of Bad Brains, Fugazi and Dag Nasty playing before screaming, stage-diving crowds of D.C. teens. Interviews include there-when-it-happened icons Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins and an overwhelmed-by-the-memories Dave Grohl.
Rather like the hard-touring bands it immortalizes, Crawford has taken Salad Days on the road, where it has played a number of festivals, and a string of sold-out dates across California. In Las Vegas, it will be screened 8 p.m. March 13 and 1 p.m. March 15 at a warehouse space (XOXO B Modern Events Venue, 9272 Tamarus St., Suite 110) rather than a conventional theater, adding to the DIY vibe.