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Pistol Grip

Pistol Grip: Live at the Glasshouse DVDLive at the Glasshouse DVD (2003)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: maverickScott
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Another month, another "The Show Must Go Off!" DVD released. This installment features BYO Records upstarts Pistol Grip at their record release show for Another Round in their hometown of Pomona, California. A sold out crowd of over 600 is documented in this DVD, the seventh in the series. As w.
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Another month, another "The Show Must Go Off!" DVD released. This installment features BYO Records upstarts Pistol Grip at their record release show for Another Round in their hometown of Pomona, California. A sold out crowd of over 600 is documented in this DVD, the seventh in the series.

As was the case with the Guttermouth DVD I reviewed, I must look at this from purely a filmmaking aspect, as I'm really not a fan of Pistol Grip. That is not to say that I didn't find myself enjoying some of their 18 song set, however: this band is chock-full of energy, and while the crowd does seem a bit quiet at points, the band more than makes up for it with street-punk anthem after street-punk anthem.

The band's set is divided rather equally between their 2 full lengths. Another Round is represented with 8 songs, 9 tracks from The Shots From Calico Rose make it into the set, and the remaining song, "Viva La Revolution," is the band covering The Adicts classic [a move that seems to get the most cheers of the night, it seemed]. The audio [prasies as being 24 track digital] of the show is very clean and clear, although the bass seems to be insanely low in the mix.

The video production for this installment is the best I've seen thus far, with every angle being shot on digital cameras, and the editing being virtually flawless [meaning the video and the audio never get out of sync]. Shots of the crowd are rather minimal until the last few songs, probably disappointing some liberty-spiked dude who was positive that he and his threads would get documented. Alas.

The band commentary consists of the singer and the rhythm guitarist [I think - it may be the bassist] making fun of everyone else in the band, for the most part. Lots of eerie silences occur in the hour long commentary, with Joe Escalante once again prodding band members to talk more [I think I'll start calling this "Alkaline Trio Syndrome," or ATS for short]. It's kind of creepy, how Escalante more or less is making them talk. Other extras on here are minimal - the usual "quint split" feature of a song, as well as some "bonus footage," this time from the show's afterparty. It's rather boring, and it seems like the camera wasn't even miced, as you can barely make out any of the dialogue going on as people are talking directly into the camera.

If you're a fan of Pistol Grip, you'll probably be happy with this DVD. I still question just why a band this young would be documented opposed to a band with a longer history/bigger fanbase/larger back catalog, but for what it is, it is a very solid concert experience on film, easily the best I have seen out of this hit-and-miss series.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (October 1, 2003)

"wait, these guys are street punk? consider the phone held"

Do yo consider Cock Sparrer, Swingin' Utters, and Angelic Upstarts street punk?? If not then you are a moron and your comment isn't even worth this response.

Anonymous (September 28, 2003)

in 2 weeks i'll be at the glasshouse watching the bouncing souls/strike anywhere/tsunami bomb/vision (whoever the fuck they are...i thought none more black was playing) show.
sweet.

TheOneTrueBill (September 27, 2003)

Damn you, ElVaquero, and your incessant ability to make laughter come from my bowels

ElVaquero (September 27, 2003)

wait, these guys are street punk? consider the phone held

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

Oh god, that mest comment ain't even worth making fun of

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

i liked the mest one.

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

"the editing being virtually flawless [meaning the video and the audio never get out of sync]"

first of the audio and video being in sync is not editing, and if the audio and the video wasnt lined up this would be the king of all amateur productions, its not as if thats some big fuckin achievement

Anonymous (September 27, 2003)

So how is/was the guttermouth one?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I can't wait until the Adolescents one comes out. It's gonna be sweet.

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

because you'd rather fork out money for an unoriginal band that's been around for a while?

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

Yeah... I dont see the point of paying for a live DVD of an unoriginal band that hasn't been around that long and is pretty much a pile of crap.

-BSD

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

the reason this band got the DVD is because theyre young and marketable. ill pass on this one.

bryan styles

recordings (September 26, 2003)

fun live band. great albums, too.

this, along with the one man army SMGO! release just make me fuckin tickled. great punk rock all around.

TheOneTrueBill (September 26, 2003)

Sounds fuckin' great. This is on my "to pick up list"

Anonymous (September 26, 2003)

I fucking love pistol grip, is this already out?

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