Zeke You!

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Though Zeke's documentary Zeke You! may serve as a curiosity for fans, the film is unlikely to hold the attention of anyone who is not already a devotee of Zeke's music. There's a raw quality to the candid shots and lo-fi live footage that matches the loose and thrashy quality of Zeke's brand of rock, but the documentary fails to delve beneath the surface. Zeke You! never quite touches on the most interesting aspects of being in a long-term rock band -- the movie provides no answers; it barely even asks any questions. The high point, though brief, comes with interviews where a selection of fans espouse their theory of "good-time rock & roll." This sequence gets to a real and fascinating facet of gritty rock culture, but sadly, the film quickly abandons it. Even as a concert documentary, Zeke You! just can't match the intensity of the Blood Brothers' and Lightning Bolt's live DVDs. Also included are three old, admittedly low-budget music videos that, while not particularly inspired, add to the portrait of the band and a short documentary shot in 1996 that serves as a nostalgic window into a different time in Northwest rock & roll.