Elliott/DRUM:KAN - Last Realize DVD (Cover Artwork)

Elliott / DRUM:KAN

Elliott/DRUM:KAN: Last Realize DVDLast Realize DVD (2004)
Waver Waver

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: maverickScott
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As Elliott fans such as myself patiently wait the release of the live CD/DVD combo on Revelation later this year, Japanese label Waver Waver [home of Elliott's last tourmates DRUM:KAN] have stepped up with the release of Last Realize, a DVD of both bands' performances on Elliott's last tour in Japan.

As Elliott fans such as myself patiently wait the release of the live CD/DVD combo on Revelation later this year, Japanese label Waver Waver [home of Elliott's last tourmates DRUM:KAN] have stepped up with the release of Last Realize, a DVD of both bands' performances on Elliott's last tour in Japan.

The DVD opens with a montage of footage of both bands hanging out and touring Japan to the tune of "Suitcase & Atoms" in the background. It's a nice behind-the-scenes look at both bands, and shows you that even a group as musically serious as Elliott can still crack a smile offstage. The next 8 songs are all culled from two different performances in Japan. The editing is completely flawless, and the only way you can really tell that two different shows make up the visuals is due to the band members wearing different clothing. The audio is spot-on, as well, to the point where I honestly can't figure out which performance which song's audio was taken from. Excellent work on this.

From a setlist standpoint, the band's all-too-short 8 song set breaks down album by album as this:

US Songs - Dionysus Burning
False Cathedrals - Drive On To Me, Blessed By Your Own Ghost, Calm Americans, Shallow Like Your Breath, Speed Of Film
Song In The Air - Away We Drift, Drag Like Pull

While the set is very False Cathedrals-heavy, all the material has the newer Elliott "sound" to it, heavy on atmospherics and reverb. None of the songs falter at all. My only complaint is that the bass is sometimes hard to hear in the audio, as the recording sounds more like it was recorded form the audience and not the soundboard. It still is an excellent performance piece, however [and once again proves that Kevin Ratterman is one of the most underrated drummers in indie rock, thanks to a wonderful over-the-shoulder camera angle on him the entire time].

DRUM:KAN has the unenviable task of coming second on the DVD [after another short behind-the-scenes piece, this time of both bands touring the US], but does a respectable job in keeping the energy high. Their video is also shot from the same two performances, and the audio/video editing is superb. Their sound is more akin to the Blue Hearts than Eastern Youth, only they sing in English part of the time. Probably the cutest thing about their whole set is that you see the back of Elliott singer Chris Higdon's bald head numerous times from the crowd video shots. It's nice to see touring bands actually enjoying each other's performances.

The DVD then wraps up with DRUM:KAN's music video for the song "Something." The clip is one of the better music videos I've seen in some time, and in a perfect world would be playing on M2 right now. It's chorus will be stuck in your head for days, if you just hear it.

While it's not the most comprehensive documentary on Elliott, it's not trying to be - it's simply documenting the band live, something that sorely needed to be done. For those looking for a complete retrospective, wait for the band's live CD/DVD later this year. If you're as much of a fan as I am, this DVD is definitely something worth tracking down.


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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 (April 21, 2004)

You posted it at: 2004-04-20 10:55:58

Why? The world will never know.

lieutenant (April 20, 2004)

I have no idea when or why I posted that last comment.

lieutenant (April 20, 2004)

I am still waiting for Round II: The Apocalyspe, when Jesus finally returns to destroy the ongoing Rapture which we, the human race, continues to live every day. Jesus will be the largest demon, and he will be the one to set upon the end of human kind. Thanks.

ElVaquero (April 18, 2004)

http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001E3EX0/ref=sr_aps_d _3/250-0675487-7396217


KirbyPuckett (April 18, 2004)

Im Rick James, Bitch!



I never heard that before!!!111


- Kirby

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

Im Rick James, Bitch!

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

If you slightly altered the word drumkan you would get DrunkMan

xmidipunkbastardx (April 18, 2004)

elliott were a damn great band...
i've probably done the last interview they gave to a european fanzine with them (actually, probably not - but one of the last.)

maybe this should kick my ass to finally get this fucker printed...

maverick (April 17, 2004)

I think that was the price he was quoted for multiple copies for everyone who wanted one, not just 1 copy.


Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

"The DVD is less than $20. Dumbass."

Sorry, dickwad, but I based this on the thread that's going on Elliott's yahoo group right now. There some dude trying to get a whole bunch for the rest of the people in the group and he quoted the price as $60, directly from one of the dudes in Drumkan. I'm happy to hear it's actually cheaper though.


Anonymous (April 17, 2004)

Man, did anyone see Passion of the Christ? The Romans totally kicked Jesus's butt.


Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Probably a Canadian.


ElVaquero (April 16, 2004)

The DVD is less than $20. Dumbass.

ElVaquero (April 16, 2004)

Drumkan is fucking awesome. Elliot is good too. I might actually get this.

Icapped2pac (April 16, 2004)

Sorry, I'm not paying $60 to get this imported, no matter how good it might be. If it was pre-Benny, I would, but that goes without saying. I'll wait for the Rev version.

Score's for False Cathderals, If They Do, US Songs, and when I saw them in Madison with HWM.

Anonymous (April 16, 2004)

Elliott's brilliant

I love their music

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