"You have kings, you have priests, you have gods, you have demi-gods, then you have WiNO" - Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Down).
"First you have Sabbath, then you have Wino, then you have everyone else" - Matt Bacon (Dropout Media)
Wino is Scott "Wino" Weinrich, frontman of iconic doom metal pioneers The Obsessed and Saint Vitus. Out now through New Terms Productions is "Wino: The Documentary", available on DVD and digital formats. Directed by Sharlee Patches this movie uses clips and interviews to encapsulate the outlaw life and 40 year music career of Wino. Commentary by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Phil Anselmo (Pantera,Down), Pepper Keenan (COC), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Bobby Liebling (Pentagram), Dixie Dave (Weedeater), and many others is used to give insight into what Wino has meant to the underground music scene and how his music has inspired so many musicians.
Unless you have heard the music Wino has created with The Obsessed and Saint Vitus it's hard to grasp just how dirty and heavy one man and one guitar can be. "Wino - The Documentary" features plenty of in concert clips of his music and through interviews with Wino you're able to understand where this power and heaviness comes from. With a raw, unfiltered look into Wino's life and career Patches dives into the friends, the tours, the drugs, the philosophy, the peer respect, the love from fans, and most importantly the music of Wino.
I have always known of The Obsessed but after watching this documentary I'm able to get such a bigger understanding of the talent Wino has. His mastery of the acoustic guitar is something I had no freaking clue of and man, Wino plays acoustic with the same power as he does with the electric. But the shredding and gritty playing on the electric is not forgotten and highlighted at every turn during the film. Oh yeah, the lyrics. Wino has a way of not holding back and writing songs that perhaps others wouldn't have the balls to write.