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Boys Night Out

Boys Night Out: Dude, You Need to Stop Dancing DVDDude, You Need to Stop Dancing DVD (2006)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I've definitely had my minor issues with Boys Night Out's live show the past two years. Starting some time in 2004 it seemed like the Burlington, ON-based band, beginning to grow out of their early post-Grade phase, showed it in their live performances of material from both 2002's Broken Bones and B.
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I've definitely had my minor issues with Boys Night Out's live show the past two years. Starting some time in 2004 it seemed like the Burlington, ON-based band, beginning to grow out of their early post-Grade phase, showed it in their live performances of material from both 2002's Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses and the followup debut full-length, 2003's Make Yourself Sick. The songs were always awfully slowed down and consequently awkward, making the crowd sing-alongs feel like slow motion replays. I never got to see the band play said material with the keyboardist/vocalist they added for the recording of 2005's Trainwreck, Kara Dupuy, but I imagine it didn't exactly reinvigorate the band into once again showcasing fist-pumping pogo-fests.

And then something happened. Dupuy left the band, and the remaining members promised more early songs would be played live on a recent headlining tour -- and what do you know, at their original tempos, the same for which could be said about the MYS tracks. Now while I loved Trainwreck, no doubt, this was definitely more like the fully energetic band I'd first seen open for Catch 22 long before.

Unfortunately, not only does Dude, You Need to Stop Dancing contain a really awkward, strange mockumentary of sorts, but captures the band shortly after the release of Trainwreck and before the completion of the transition phase I wholeheartedly endorse.

But first, the documentary. One of the 2 main pieces of Dancing is a 55-minute piece that highlights the "downfall" of the band -- the tension between band members that eventually leads to their "breakup." You see, these words are placed in quotation marks as this is merely an act, with a number of candid little interviews with the members in which they put on a front in order to create some very bizarre story. The idea is that the most tension is within the trio of drummer Brian Southall, guitarist Jeff Davis, and lead vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser -- bassist Dave Costa offers criticism on all 3 while Dupuy receives nary a second of face time. The acting is par considering the actors' day jobs, with the ambivalent frustration conveyed well; if it wasn't for a few exaggerated themes and statements, you could almost believe it. Some rudimentary, abbreviated live clips are scattered throughout -- one from a Long Island headlining gig and a few from hometown shows.

The purpose of the documentary is surely beyond me. The entertainment value in it is mild and the humor is relative, the funniest part being when "former" member Southall describes his recent activities in the post-breakup interim. Hopefully the other half of the DVD makes up for it?

Not necessarily so. As previously mentioned, the hour-long set, a headlining set in Toronto on the recent tour with Armor for Sleep, is bogged down by songs performed a little bit slow and even less admirably on the whole. Lovat-Fraser misses about 70% of his notes, as the same can be said for Davis on his backup role. Musically there seems to be little problems -- again, aside from the tempos -- but the vocals seem to rough everything up. A huge barrier between the band and crowd seem to exist, and thus, little connection between the two seems present and it feels a little disheartening considering the rabid fan base the band seems to often carry. The stage is huge and the camera angles are nearly always distant. The sound is quite fine and one of the better elements. Despite that and a sensible selection of material from the band's 3 releases, the set is relatively mediocre and, frankly, a little boring even for the most adamant fan.

Dancing is quite skimpy on the extras, too. In fact, there are no extras, simply a third section entitled 'Music Videos' with 2 of such: "I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other People's Business," the lead track on MYS, and "Medicating," the first single from Trainwreck, both of which were well publicized by Ferret Records upon their respective releases.

It's no secret around these parts I'm a rather big fan of Boys Night Out, having enjoyed watch a band with punk rock roots planted firmly in bands like Lifetime, NOFX, and Grade experience significant growth and ambition through the years all the whilst writing easily likeable, catchy songs that have always managed to simultaneously showcase some sort of creativity. That being said, they've put their first release forth that I can't in good conscience recommend. The intentions on here are strange and the results simply minimal and/or bland, but in the very least, I'm glad to be able to say this for a DVD release and not necessarily the fruition of their musical talents.

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sally_field (July 2, 2006)

So, why did that chick leave the band?

She got married. Or is getting married.

One of the two.

moneenerd (June 29, 2006)

Man
Wtf happened to boysnightout?

their demo and ep were golden. what is this keyboard laden murder mystery concept album crap?!

i wanna hear about stalking chicks and killing them!

TheWise (June 29, 2006)

Fucking Boys Night Out! How the fuck could Bri leave the fucking Fullblast to go here? Don't get me wrong, they're not a terrible band, but The Fullblast were fucking kings. I miss them so much, it's not even funny.

SilentStorms (June 29, 2006)

They're four song demo thingy was amazing, then it all went downhill. Maybe the new stuff with be good again ... but I am a pessimist. Fuck that demo is great though.

swank (June 28, 2006)

Just thought I'd mention...I'm watching this DVD as I write this, and I'm having a damn good time!

The documentary, while at times long-winded, was good for a few good laughs. Could have been a bit shorter though.

The Live set pretty good so far too.
Damn, it's a shame Kara left...her vocals sound great with Connor's.

Anonymous (June 28, 2006)

i don't know anything about this dvd but all i know is boys night out rocks!

inagreendase (June 27, 2006)

more like where is the good riddance review

Yell at sickboi.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

more like where is the good riddance review

inagreendase (June 27, 2006)

It's not coming because no one wants to read about preachy, trend-hopping Christian wackcore.

I luv snap judgements too guyzzz!

The Underoath album is good. Try actually, you know, listening to it.

Regardless of everyone's sarcasm, I'm reviewing it for Friday, end of discussion.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

Or they're just regular users posting anonymously to ask where it is because they think it's funny, Like this.

Scruffy (June 27, 2006)

Naw, the Underoath review isn't coming because everyone who wants to red it and has the album is too busy asking where it is to write one.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

"Where's the Underoath review?!?!?!?!?!?!"

It's not coming because no one wants to read about preachy, trend-hopping Christian wackcore.

Big_Guy (June 27, 2006)

So, why did that chick leave the band?

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

i love their albums, but i've never seen them put on a good show in the past 4 years.

feeeding5000 (June 27, 2006)

Eeeeeeeeemmmmmmooooooo

skolarx (June 27, 2006)

when kara was in the band there were two people from detroit playing with them, now its back to just brian(the drummer) though

Big_Guy (June 27, 2006)

who in this band is not Canadian?

just the drummer?

nietzsche (June 27, 2006)

its a good thing i didnt buy this, then.

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

This band sucks so bad, god they fucking suck.

danperrone (June 27, 2006)

i haaaaaaaaaaaate the title of this dvd

Anonymous (June 27, 2006)

Where's the Underoath review?!?!?!?!?!?!

crazytoledo (June 27, 2006)

I'm indifferent about this band. Sometimes I can get into them, sometimes I can't. They're not really good, but they're not bad either. They kind of fit in the fine line of average with slight bursts of enjoyability.

dir (June 27, 2006)

I don't like this band, even though I only own "make yourself sick" and saw them live once, around the time that cd was released.

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