Started as a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, The Color of Noise documentary is now set to premiere via Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, May 30th. The first trailer for the film, which tells the story behind Tom Hazelmyer and his Amphetamine Reptile Records, was just released, giving voice to the vast number of musicians and artists affected by Hazelmyer’s work.
Hazelmyer, otherwise known as Haze XXL, got stationed in Seattle in 1983, after being enlisted by the Marines. He became very involved in the local punk scene, and would open Amphetamine Reptile in 1986, paving the way for such artists as the Melvins and Helmet.
The label would often use graphic and street artists to create show posters and flyers for the bands, and in the ’90s, Hazelmyer built a gallery to feature innovative pop artists – his involvement and activism in the arts helped establish successful careers for such artists as Frank Kozik and Ed Fotheringham.
The Color of Noise, directed by Eric Robel, weaves together the story of the two art worlds Hazelmyer helped foster, and features interviews with many of the big names he worked with. See the trailer below: