Rally And Sustain: The Cracknation Documentary
Born out of the early-90s Chicago metal-industrial music scene carved out by Ministry and Wax Trax! Records, Acumen (later Acumen Nation after a band name dispute) released their first album on Fifth Colvmn Records in 1995. Led by their hit song "Gun Lover," Acumen quickly earned a cult following and toured with KMFDM, 16Volt, The Clay People, Chemlab, and Front Line Assembly.
Branching out into electronic music focusing heavily on drum 'n' bass, Acumen Nation frontman Jason Novak and guitarist Jamie Duffy created the group DJ? Acucrack. Their "So To Speak" single off the album Sorted featured Curve's Toni Halliday on vocals and the music video created by Astropolitan Pictures won a VES award for Best Visual Effects.
Eventually forming their own label, Cracknation Records became home to not only Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, but also Iron Lung Corp (comprised of Acumen Nation and The Clay People members), shoe gaze rocking Fawn, and progressive metal group Czar.
This documentary chronicles the Cracknation's history, struggles, and the loss of one of their own, over their nearly 20 year history. It includes interviews from band members past and present, along with their peers from 16Volt, The Clay People, Cyanotic, and others.