Category Archives: Film

Music With A Message..

Any of you who know Rise Against will know that they are not a band who have ever been willing to compromise their message in exchange for commercial success. Reaching huge heights with their latest release, Endgame, and becoming arguably one of the biggest punk rock bands in the world at the moment, they have the opportunity to reach out to millions, and as proven with their video for ‘Ready To Fall,’ Tim Mcilrath and co. are able to put across just as strong a message onscreen as with their razor sharp lyrics.

So it is fantastic to hear that they have been nominated for the VMA Award at this year’s MTV Music Awards. The award is given to the band with the best video with a message. Rise Against’s offering – the new video for single ‘Make It Stop (September’s Children). This fantastic video sees Rise Against teaming up with ‘It Gets Better’ – an organization set up to convince victims of bullying and abuse for their sexuality that it does get better. Mcilrath stated that the song was written after a fan wrote a nervous letter to the band asking whether they had any problem with his sexuality. Tim was shocked to think that a member of the punk community would ever think that they wouldn’t be accepted for what they are. This only served to highlight the macho culture that surrounds rock and music as a whole, and the song was written to draw attention to an issue that has caused a lot of concern in the US in particular.

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the video below, and feel free to vote for them at: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2011/best-video-with-a-message/

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Proof That The Foo Fighters Are The World’s Nicest Band..

In recent years the Foo Fighters have taken over the world. In the UK alone they have conquered two world famous venues – The Milton Keynes Bowl this summer, and Wembley Stadium a few years ago. So, they could be forgiven for fitting the typical rock star image. Separated from the fans by huge barriers or shying away from their devoted followers in the finest hotels – but not the Foos!

A new 40 minute film has been released that documents the recent ‘Garage Tour’ that the Foo Fighters did to allow them to go back to their roots and get in touch with the fans.

A competition ran asking fans for reasons as to why they deserved this once in a lifetime opportunity, and the documentary really helps capture the emotions of the winners, and just what it means to them to have Dave and Co. in their garage!

This, for me, cements Dave’s title as the nicest man in rock, and proves just how much the Foos live for music, and music alone!

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Frank Turner Featured In Film

This year, Relentless Energy continued their Short Film competition, with the first entry featuring Frank Turner.
The short film was made by up-and-coming filmmaker from Hertfordshire, James Henry. He chose Frank as the candidate to fill the competition’s themes of ‘No Half Measures,’ and ‘Focus,’ two adjectives which I cannot think of anybody better to grace with. James stated that: “I want to explore who he is at his core: it’s Frank’s story so who better to tell it than him himself?”
The film, titled ‘The Road,’ unsurprisingly documents life on tour for Frank – his highs and lows, and his inspiration to carry on making music.

Whilst only brief, is a great insight into Frank’s personal side, with behind-the-scenes interviews and as well as containing some great live footage and is truly inspirational, as it goes to show that hard work and passion can take you to places you could never have imagined!

James, since graduating from Hertfordshire University, the site for this years Slam Dunk South Festival, has been making a name for himself making films about various underground artists and fashion companies, as well as producing pieces for numerous magazines.

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England Keep My Bones Update…

As I am sure you will be aware, Frank Turner will be releasing the much anticipated follow-up to his last album Love Ire and Song, with ‘England Keep My Bones.’ From what I have heard already, the album is set to be yet another fantastic release, if not his best yet. He has already released a couple of songs from the album over Youtube, including the new single and video for ‘Peggy Sang The Blues,’ which you can see below:

He has also released a new favourite of mine, called ‘I Am Disappeared,’ a soul-baring and emotional track that sees Frank exposing himself yet again for the pleasure of his fans! This is bound to be a hit for the future, and has racked up over 50,000 views online already!

And if you’re keen to see what’s gone into the album, Frank has also recorded an album diary, documenting everything from a question and answer session for fans, to the origins of the album title. Check it out below:

All of this has really whet my appetite for seeing Frank at the end of May – This Spring’s solo tour is bound to be fantastic, and it looks as if Frank will have a whole lot more songs for us to enjoy whilst we’re there!

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Rise Against- Another Station: Another Mile

Having just missed out on the one off London release show for Endgame in Camden the other month, of which its fantasticness my friends lovingly remind me of regularly (age limit was 16+, 10 days before my 16th birthday!), I opted for the next best thing, which was watching their fantastic live DVD, Another Station, Another Mile.
The DVD follows the band’s progress since their last DVD, Generation Lost, which was released in 2006, after the release of one of their best albums to date, Appeal To Reason.
The band made a conscious decision to keep all of the footage unedited, in order to give a real flavour of the live experience, and I think it has paid off. The film really gives a sense of what the band does best – live, raw and meaningful performances, where every word they sing means everything to not only them, but the devoted fans singing along in the crowd.

What I love about this film is that it shows so much more to what the band are about, than just the songs themselves. The crew follow the band across the globe, making different stop-off along the way, including a visit to an animal shelter, a baseball stadium, where Tim makes the first pitch, and a tube station where Tim starts busking on the train! Not only this, but they talk about the lyrics and their inspirations, as well as a whole section on their rehearsals when writing their latest album, Endgame. It is really interesting to see how, after the album was released, the songs had been put together – seeing them in their opening stages at their dingy old theatre of a rehearsal space, and then in their finished glory. It’s great to see the whole process that goes into making an album, whether its Tim’s unique way of making lyrics up on the spot, or the way the whole band jam together to come up with the backbone of their songs.
This is a must-buy DVD for any RA fan, as it gives an insight not only into the band’s live performances, but into the world behind Rise Against – Their beliefs, life on the road, and their often nerdy habits!

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Joe Strummer – The Future Is Unwritten

I have been a fan of The Clash for quite some time now, and in particular, Joe Strummer and his unique personality and attitude towards life that made him such a inspirational man. So, when I saw this film, among many others documenting the Joe and the Clash, and the fantastic reviews it had received, it was a must for me to buy.

The film documents Strummer’s life in a very unique way, combining interviews with the man himself, with friends and family sitting around a Strummerville festival campfire, rare video footage of Joe on stage, and other unusual clips, such as his cartoons reflecting his thoughts and feelings towards life, which were animated and adapted for film.

The film begins by discussing Joe’s childhood. It was so interesting to find out where the roots of his D.I.Y and hard working ethics originated from, such as being sent away to boarding school, and then having to bully his way out of falling into a completely miserable childhood.

The film also documents the breakdown of Joe’s career in The Clash and how he progressed onto writing his own solo material. It also shows people views of the man today, and how his legacy has lived on even in today’s world. I found the film truly thought-provoking and was a great insight into the life behind the scenes of one of punk’s most famous figures. For anyone even remotely interested in the Clash, this is a must-see, as Strummer was one of a kind, who made such a difference to the world around him.

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