QUOTES & REVIEWS

“Directed by the band’s vocalist Kevin Egan, WHAT AWAITS US: A Beyond Story is a documentary that is just as kooky and unique as the band itself. Not your typical punk rock doc of old men wheezing on about their glory days, it is both an origin story as well as a soul-searching journey to rekindle the flame of youth that will be cited for years to come as a truly singular document of a very important chapter in underground culture”-Tony Rettman, author (NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990, Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History, Why Be Something That You’re Not: Detroit Hardcore 1975-1985)

“Fun, kept me engaged, honest, learned some history I’m not sure I knew, saw some photos I had never seen before. Not a boring slow moment, great flow”- Tim McMahon (Mouthpiece, DoubleCross Webzine)

“The time tested tale of kids practicing their hearts out in the suburbs, hoping one day to play that one club in ‘the city’, gets a masterful treatment in the hands of Kevin Egan. At times it’s a personal band history, a meditation on time’s passing, a celebration of lifelong friendships and how choices we make as teenagers resonate decades after the fact. It’s also wickedly funny and filled with priceless trivia for any diehard NYHC aficionado. Here’s to Holbrook’s finest sonic purveyors!”-Freddy Alva, author (Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore)

“Beyond were the keystone of late ‘80s NYHC, as partly evidenced by the web they’ve spun through other bands…From the day I picked up their demo at Some Records,(which still gives me chills as if I’m hearing it as I did in my youth, by the way), until now, I am a huge fan. My friend Kevin documents, so beautifully, some of their story here. Please check it out. Dew It!”-Howie Wallen (Alone in a Crowd)

“A very New York City story about taking your art to the end of the country. A nod to the classical influences and cowbell fostered by the Italian Americans in hardcore. A mediation on revisiting your youth, not in a nostalgic way but in how awkward it can be forming the chords and hitting the notes that made you feel like you were cutting through the malaise of adolescence as an adult so detached from that vulnerable yet determined kid…. it’s wild to think that music made by kids can resonate globally and take you on a trip and leave behind a legacy greater than a single moment.

Thanks for putting this love letter to a great band and the other great bands and humans in the Beyond universe Kevin Egan.”-Anthony Pappalardo, author (Live Suburbia, Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music)

“If you are in a band that had goals, just of playing your local club, putting out a demo, doing some touring, etc. this is something you should watch. It makes you appreciates your youth and the company of friends, creating, traveling, etc. Kevin Egan you knocked it out of the park my friend!”-Chris Enriquez, musician (Spotlights, Primitive Weapons, On the Might of Princes)

“Cool story about a very cool band. Nice work Kevin Egan!”-Charlie Garriga, musician (CIV, Judge, Outface)

“What? … a documentary about NYC hardcore in the late 1980s that is also a laugh fest? Yes, that is what WHAT AWAITS US is…You don’t have to have any insider knowledge of the NYC hardcore scene in the late 1980s to fall in love with this film. Anyone who has been a part of any subculture will enjoy the camaraderie, idiosyncrasies, and hyper-specific language and behaviors that come to life in this film. It’s such a fun watch. DEW IT!!!!!!”-Dennis Trainor, Jr., filmmaker (American Autumn: An Occudoc, AcronymTV)

“I would have never guessed a slowpoke sap like Egan could make a movie this cool. Probably someone else made it? All the cool-kids are in this movie. And it has 3D. You don’t even need red and blue glasses. Stuff pops out like those cool books with 10 ducks in a nest in the mountains. Also it has stage dives. And Alan Cage. Anyway its about time someone (whoever it REALLY was) made a movie about the only death-to-false-metal bugjuice-sloshin jamboree-starting poser-killing truck-grinding band in the entire world. Hopefully all you saps will finally do something right with your lives and buy 20 copies so Egan can stop eating vegan dog food and get a proper eggplant parm sub.”-Vic Dicara (108, Inside Out, Beyond)