Hot Docs 2014 Review: Come Worry With Us!
What happens to female artists once they have a baby? Do they become stay-at-home moms, continue to make their art or somehow strike a balance between both?
Violinist Jessica Moss is married to singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor). For the past 15 years they have formed part of the band, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. When Baby Ezra is born they decide to take him on tour. Come Worry with Us! Is an exploration of the growing trend in bands taking their kids on tour with them in an era where constant touring has become an economic necessity.
For the most part Moss and Menuck seem successful in their endeavours to make their art, make their own money (without relying upon government grants) and raise Ezra all whilst avoiding falling into stereotypical gender roles. But despite their best efforts there are many moments in the film where Moss has become (for lack of a better term) a stay at home mom. This coincides with Menuck touring with his band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Menuck mentions early on in the film that being broke has never bothered him much but obviously having a baby changes all of that. He goes on to say later in the film how he’s constantly thinking of the hustle.
This is the reality for independent bands in the context of downloading. Just as much time is spent on the hustle as it is on making music. Come Worry with Us! is a fascinating and honest look at what happens when you add raising a baby into that uncertain mix.