Human Skab (2012) – By Brian Morton

I’m a big fan of documentaries, I’ll watch nearly any kind of documentary that’s out there, history, nature, music…I love them all. But, let’s just admit it, some docs are better than others and I just watched one that was just a bit too confusing to call one thing or another. Its call Human Skab and it can’t decide if it’s about music or the man behind it.

Human Skab is the story of Travis Roberts, who started the band, Human Skab, in 1986, when he was only 8 years old. The doc begins with the band and it’s getting back together in 2009 for a reunion tour in the northwest. The issue with the movie comes with Travis himself, an Army vet, who’s clearly having some issues, the doc can’t decide whether to watch the band get back together or follow Travis as he begins to unravel, and so, about half way through, we never hear about the final ‘big show’ of the Human Skab, but learn that Travis’ marriage fell apart, he’s living in a trailer in New Mexico and is generally a bit of a mess.

If you’re a fan of human drama, then you might enjoy Human Skab, it’s filled with that, but it’s a bit too long and a bit too into itself….there’s a lot of time spent extolling the virtues of the band’s music and how great it is. I’m giving Human Skab 2 out of 4 cigars, it’s watchable, but I never really understood whether this was a look at a band or a man with issues. Find out more over at