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The Felix Culpa: Thought Control [EP/DVD]Thought Control [EP/DVD] (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: StevemanSteveman
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I’ll start off by saying I love the Felix Culpa and their style of “hard indie rock.” I’ve been going to their shows for years and they are my favorite local band by far, and in my top five bands in general. Local or not, they rule and have a special place in my heart. With that said, I did my best to give them an impartial review.
When it’s good it’s good and when it’s bad it’s still better than every single thought you had before you were together. When it’s good it’s good and when it’s bad it’s still better than every single night you spent before you ever met her...and flows into “Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body” with more light riffs, riding on waves of delay. After the long intro, “Pain…” becomes the most aggressive song on the album. Marky and Tristan get to scream a bit more before the song drops back down to the original riff and ends.
The excitement is just beginning as I put the DVD in. On the DVD, in addition to the full show, they have a music video, an interview with the band and making of the EP, a teaser movie for their full-length, Commitment, some random photos, and home movies / tour footage. The home movie part is over an hour of footage with quite a bit of extra live footage from various shows. Other than the live footage, it is just basic touring randomness and “you had to be there” jokes that can get a little old, but they do a good job of spreading out the live stuff to keep it interesting. Some notables are a song from the last Twostepsback show and their full Cornerstone set. My only gripes are that I wish they had added more footage from local venues in Rockford (their hometown) and Beloit (their birthplace). The only acknowledgement is a single picture of them playing at The Pit in Rockford.
As for the full set at Knights of Columbus in Arlington Heights, I wish I had made the trip for that show. Haphazard Films did a great job of filming this set. Full sets can be a tedious thing to make a video of, because they can become boring after a couple songs from the same angles, but they do an amazing job of changing it up and synching everything with the music. Parts of this would make a better music video than the actual music video on the DVD. With rapid-fire changes along with the drums and some nicely placed split screen action, none of the filming appears repetitive. They also don't use the crowd as a crutch for breaking up sections. In fact, the crowd makes only a few appearances, and even then, it's usually just a quick pan or shot of someone rocking out.
In my collection, this is already my favorite musical DVD and the EP has already seen constant play from my stereo. Haphazard did a great job on the DVD, better than any of the DVDs I have from bands with much more money. Did I mention the art is also great, courtesy of Midwest Love, Marky’s company? I even managed to spot myself in the DVD. If you haven’t checked these guys out, you need to. If you have, then you should have this album.
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