This coming week at Nitehawk, New York band Morricone Youth will be making their second appearance at the theater after irreparably damaging Theater 2 with their score for Jean Rollin’s erotic lesbian vampire fever dream Fascination last month.
For May, the band will tackle two features for Nitehawk: for the first, director F.W. Murnau’s (Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror) Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, a film that shows what happens when you give a German expressionist unlimited funds and free reign to make whatever he wants; and for the second, the band will be closing out our Late Night Lynch series by providing the score for Eraserhead, a film that shows what happens when you give David Lynch a camera and about $20,000.
Morricone Youth has been playing on and off in New York since 1999. Starting off by exclusively adapting library music and film and television scores, the band eventually started putting together their own compositions, which they collected in their in 2005 album Silenzio Violente–an album that AllMusic Guide called “kind of fun.”
Below we’ve collected some live recordings from the band that reflect their range of styles:
The swinging main title from the 1960 British film “Beat Girl,” a film that boasts Christopher Lee as the owner of a seedy strip club:
The twangy Ennio Morricone guitars in their original composition “Silenzio Violento (Titoli)”
A badass rendition of the theme from The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
And, finally, the much known and beloved theme theme song from the short lived, 1960’s German science fiction serial “Space Patrol Orion.” Okay, so I haven’t heard of the show either, but the song’s good.
You can see Morricone Youth at Nitehawk Cinema four times this month:
F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans: Sunday, May 13 at Noon, and Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 pm
David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 at midnight.