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VariousVarious: Homesick Vol. 1 DVDHomesick Vol. 1 DVD (2004)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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This a DVD comp, but not a comp purely to promote the label's bands-only 3 of the 13 videos are The Militia Group bands-it is just a collection of music videos. The popularity of the bands are pretty middle-of-the-road indie label bands with the exception of the major label Thursday and All-America.
This a DVD comp, but not a comp purely to promote the label's bands-only 3 of the 13 videos are The Militia Group bands-it is just a collection of music videos. The popularity of the bands are pretty middle-of-the-road indie label bands with the exception of the major label Thursday and All-American Rejects, but all the bands put in decent quality footage, and it is a decent watch overall. I will give a brief synopsis of each, so let's get to it before this gets out-of-hand long.
1. A Static Lullaby "Lip Gloss and Letdown" - Pretty standard screamy emo fare, but well done at least with a video to match. Simple yet effective, it shows the band playing with some nice camera shots, quick cuts and on-purpose shaking, this mixed with some morbid imagery of course. But my favorite part of the video is how they are wearing the typical tight black clothing with black hair, but then you've got the one guitarist with natural red hair wearing a white Nerf Herder shirt. I can picture the other guys before the shoot saying, "Dude, why don't you wear your AFI shirt?"
Special features include a making of the SOIA video, where a guy takes you through the process of creating a scene of the cartoon. I found it interesting, but it is not displayed in a very exciting manner. "Punk Rock Pads" is a guy from Anadivine (who I've never heard of) showing off his home, his parents' home that is. It's moderately funny, more funny in the way they rip-off Cribs than what the dude actually says. There are also two interviews, a five minute one with Murder By Death, which would only be interesting if you're a fan, and one with Number One Fan, another band I've never heard of and was therefore not real exciting. There is director commentary on every single video, which I thought was real cool, even though most of them just are the band giggling and making fun of themselves. Some actually interesting ones are Rufio, SOIA and Thursday, in which I found out that their video was directed by the same guy who did Refused's "New Noise" video.
You probably only needed a list of the bands to decide whether you would buy this or not, but I tried to do you one better. Personally, I think this will sit and gather dust for the most part; maybe I'll pull it out for one or two of the videos now and again.
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