Sound for the Future
THE HIPPIES were a bizarre English punk band formed in 1979 by the Hulse children, Toby (12), Matt (11) and Polly (8). Their cassette album 'A Sound for the Future' featured songs about disease, assassination and The Antarctic, echoing the naïve charm of THE SHAGGS and DANIEL JOHNSON. The band performed ticketed live shows for their mother/managers' kindly and chaotic group of friends, part of the ramshackle 'Cambridge squat scene': the homeless, drunks, animal rights activists, junkies, cross-dressers and a pair of gay Franciscan Friars. Using archive, music of the period and poetic re-imagining's of key episodes from the past, director Matt Hulse, the band's drummer, promises an energetic, jarring, comical musical ride through a part-remembered, kaleidoscopically fractured family history.