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The Sound of Animals Fighting - We Must Become the Change We Want to See DVD / Tiger & the Duke [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

The Sound of Animals Fighting

The Sound of Animals Fighting: We Must Become the Change We Want to See DVD / Tiger & the Duke [reissue]We Must Become the Change We Want to See DVD / Tiger & the Duke [reissue] (2007)
Equal Vision Records

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With these two items in their discography, the Sound of Animals Fighting's entire career thus far has now been properly documented: the reissue and the DVD were all that was "missing." In any event, they're both fairly fine pieces that offer a more convincing angle into the project's being, and seem.


With these two items in their discography, the Sound of Animals Fighting's entire career thus far has now been properly documented: the reissue and the DVD were all that was "missing." In any event, they're both fairly fine pieces that offer a more convincing angle into the project's being, and seem to help craft a better understanding of just what they do.

We Must Become the Change We Want to See is the band's first DVD, and is mostly a hit. It features the band's only performance, from August 2006 at San Diego's House of Blues. The audio and video is absolutely perfect; you can hear a little bit of the crowd, but it's just enough to where it never interferes with the crisp sound. The stage is almost always well-lit, but it has to be: At any given time there's at least half a dozen people on stage. Most of the time this includes vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive), guitarist Matt Embree (Rx Bandits), guitarist Steve Choi (Rx Bandits), bassist Joe Troy (Rx Bandits), and drummer Chris Tsagakis (Rx Bandits). Various vocalists come on to either join Green or take up frontman duties.

The Rx Bandits crew all take fairly relaxed stances on stage and tend to let the singer have the spotlight -- which is perfect, because they nail every note. Green's stage moves are humorous and bizarre, as he's usually shaking and slinking around -- same goes for Days Away's Keith Goodwin, who has a nearly identical free-spirited vibe when he takes the mic for his song or two. Green is accompanied at one point by the similarly-pitched Craig Owens of Chiodos, and Owens' presence is generally kind of annoying with his clichéd, terribly forced flamboyancy on stage.

Other than that mild annoyance, it's an entertaining performance. The band run through their four original songs (Acts 1-4), three of those coming in a row early on, and seven songs from Lover, The Lord Has Left Us. What may have sounded excruciatingly unlistenable on record at first is much more mesmerizing live, and even though there's some astoundingly odd occurrences on stage that could be labeled as gimmicks (a projection screen showing the entirety of "Metropolis" as the show goes on; someone putting the finishing touches on a painting; characters in various regalia [cat-costumed somersaulters, dancing long-beaked creatures in grim reaper-style black hooded outfits]), it helps create one supremely strange display.

Bonus features merely include a photo gallery, but the main performance itself is strong enough to overcome the lack of much else.

As for the reissue, it's somewhat justified: Tiger and the Duke went out of print in late 2006, so Equal Vision picked it up and re-released it with all-new artwork, remixed and remastered versions of the original Acts, redone interludes and remixes of various songs off Lover, The Lord (a section titled Postlude: Lover, The Remixes). It pushes the whole thing to a hefty 70 minutes, but everything looks or sounds good. The original songs themselves sound as spectacular as ever, with Green's insane shout/scream letting loose over noodly, technical, Mars Volta-inspired stop-start licks in a louder format. The artwork is less literary looking and more cartoon-y, but this is sort of ironic since the new liner notes contain a peculiar short story. The redone interludes are much, much more captivating than the original release's, as it occasionally adds some vocal samples, cool loops, and a more humanized feel despite retaining each's electronic base. The remixes, done mostly by Technology and Portugal. The Man (with the Optimist, Evol Intent and a live version here as well), have the same benefit as the DVD -- they actually make the original Lover, The Lord songs more listenable, as the vocal melodies actually become easier to pick up on and more enjoyable to listen to unfold over eclectic, stylistic mish-mashing; despite inherently experimental songs being experimented on further, it almost acts as a sort of canceling out. Standout "My Horse Must Lose" actually comes off like something Dntel would do, while "This Heat in Dub" uses keyboards to create what the song implies: a dub feel.

Complaints are hard to come by with these companion pieces from the Sound of Animals Fighting. The DVD is picture perfect and well-performed while Tiger helps correct flaws that may have hampered their past material.

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vaginalinferno (August 20, 2007)

everything the Rx bandits and Anthony green do on the dvd is golden. fans of either or both should certainly pick up the dvd, because they're all in their element. this dvd displays which musicians can actually do what they do live, and not just sound good on recording. Craig Owens from Chiodos sucks on this thing. everytime he sings he's off key, and posing like a queer little bitch in his girl pants and belly shirt. how did they let him on stage with them? I'm a big fan of the days away guy, and for the most part he does well.

very entertaining, and in a format that helps people actually appreciate songs from Lover, the Lord Has Left Us.

as for the Reissue, excellent quality sound and a neat little package that feels like reading a children's story with fun illustrations. the remix's are good, i got each item at very reasonable prices and am happy to have done so.

but for real guys, sit down, smoke a blunt, and give lover the lord another try. i too at first thought it was a mess of sounds that didn't work together, but it grew on me enormously and now the only songs i'd skip are craig's little girly poem-songs

fuck craig owens. i'd give it a ten if he didn't exist!

andrethegiant (July 22, 2007)

score is for craig owens.

most of the remixes are crap, but de-ceit and the heretic are pretty rad, if you ask me. despite a few obvious flaws, both these discs are must-haves.

Anonymous (July 22, 2007)

that Craig guy from Chiodos made me hate Lover The Lord Has Left Us...... plus all that bullshit electronica shit they threw in.

toiletry.

the song from the guy from Days Away was good though..

SilentStorms (July 21, 2007)

Although I think Anthony Green and the first EP by this band is amazing, Lover, The Lord Has Left Us was the biggest pile of shit I have ever encountered. This sounds interesting but I already wasted 20 bucks on that last 'full length' piece of fucking garbage. Yeah, I was actually quite upset after my initial listen ... cuz it was shit. Can I find this for free somewhere so I don't have to waste anymore money first? Do they have a refund policy? Cuz that could work.

maverick (July 20, 2007)

I thought this reissue was half-awesome, half-crap. The awesome part is the four remastered songs -- they sound HUGE, crisp and clear now. It's great.

The crap, though, are the overlong instrumentals (I liked the old ones better) and the remixes, which are all total throwaways.

I recommend anyone who's interested in the reissue to just buy the four proper songs from Downloadpunk or something.

-Scott

Anonymous (July 20, 2007)

This is finally a really fair review of this band. Their work does indeed suffer from unlistenable moments of wankery but their good moments are amazing. Tiger and the Duke (Specifically acts I-IV) is incredible and the remixed and remastered versions sound better. As for the DVD, it is perfect. It captures the bands energy and musicisnship, and the live versions of the songs off of Lover... have all the interesting elements while abandoning the annoying parts from the record. This rerelease and DVD show this band at their best.

FatTony (July 20, 2007)

Score's for Tiger & The Duke, though I have the original version. Is picking up the re-release justified? You sold me on the DVD.

coldwaffles (July 20, 2007)

totally forgot about both of these releases. now i want them, and i don't have any money. shit.

how much does the dvd retail for if i can still find it?

glasspipemurder (July 20, 2007)

very hit or miss band i think.

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