“No Delusions” Documentary Review

Yesterday, Loyolacore hosted our first ever  movie screening; “No Delusions” is a documentary by Steven Cergizan about the history of the Chicago hardcore scene. This movie, about an hour and 45 minutes long, showed the development of hardcore music in Chicago starting in the early 1980s. With this all being said, I was excited. I love Chicago and the music community it fosters, but I have never been really been into hardcore, so it was going to be a new side of the music community for me to learn about. All day yesterday I was eager to see what this documentary would go into, because we all know that the music scene is more than just about the music.

This movie hit all the key parts of relevant history, brushing on topics such as politics, gender and race, historical venues, the uniqueness of Chicago; no ground was left uncovered. Segmented into time periods, “No Delusions” broke down even further into the history of certain bands and how they impacted the scene. The musical, political and social influences of bands such as Plan of Attack, Charles Bronson, Los Crodos, and Billingsgate were discussed in a way that didn’t just talk about the band and their beliefs, but how it lead to progression and change in the music community. No one was left out either, as mixed opinions from many of the features (band members, photographers, zine writers, promoters, etc.) gave you an inside perspective of what it was like to be a part of the scene.

At the end of the film, I was left so interested in this scene and what it did for Chicago’s music community.  “No Delusions”  brought light on the importance of the individual in the music and how style changes because of individual bands and people. The genres of hardcore, punk, and metal always have influenced each other, but never did I see that where the music industry and community is today is so similar to its historical roots.

For anyone interested in the Chicago music scene, “No Delusions” is not a movie to sleep on. Although the information gets a little heavy, it really hits the key aspects of why Chicago has such a dedicated music scene.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where the next official screening will be, but the documentary is available for purchase from Steven by emailing him at blougaville@gmail.com. I picked up a copy at the end of the movie, so Loyolacore stay tuned for a movie night at my apartment. Check out the trailer right here! 

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