It’s 1990, and life sucks.
There’s nothing good on TV, movies are lame, and the
future looks worse; good thing you still have music.
No, not your parents’ music, and not the Top 40 crap
MTV crams down your throat -- music from bands with
mysterious names like Joy Division, The Pixies,
Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction … and some guys from
Seattle named Nirvana.
Radio doesn’t understand. Your parents don’t either.
But your friends do. That’s how you communicate with
them – through music, and through a mix tape. You
made a mix tape to tell everyone who you were. You
made a mix tape because those songs said what you
didn’t have the courage to say yourself. And in the
end, that mix tape said more about you than you
Mixtape (monthly from February 2012) is the story of
the 90s alternative rock revolution as witnessed by
high school seniors Jim, Siobhan, Terry, Lorelei and
Noel. United by their shared love of music found
“left of the dial,” we follow them through their
many emotional travails, grappling with sex,
suicide, depression, and the horrors of “real life.”
Looking down the barrel of the separation that will
come with graduation, they resolve to forge their
bond through the music they love, but find that the
friendships they thought would last forever have
already begun to break apart. While everyone’s life,
even theirs, has a soundtrack, that music, like the
friendships it forges, has already begun to fade.