The Mae Shi DVD review [5RC]
May 1, 2007, 05:34
THE MAE SHI Lock The Skull, Load The Gun DVD
The first DVD from Los Angeles' wind-em-up-and-watch-em-go punkers, The Mae Shi, is a hyper-paced double feature.
Exhibit A is a 45-minute long carnival ride through thirty video treatments of songs that appear on the bands Terrorbird LP and various other EPs.
In many of the vids fast acting animation and squint-inducing dayglo colors are mixed with images of band members that flit by at a pace that could only have been maintained by using a strobe light for a metronome.
As on the The Mae Shi's records; short songs with chaotic, reckless riffs burn heavy rubber and slower, synth-based songs like "Testify" and "Body 1" throb slowly on idle.
The second main event of the DVD is a documentary of The Mae Shi's 2004 US tour.
Following a trail of 31 shows in thirty days; each dot on the map represents an arthouse party, basement bathroom, dive bar or dungeon.
The music often plays a secondary role from the viewpoint of the documentarian as the band explores the green pastures of off-the-beaten path music venues in twenty-first century America.
Throw in DVD extras like the interactive "Maze-Shi" and you have the makings of an art-tastic evening with the The Mae Shi. Without having to leave your home (or have them invade yours). [5RC]
-Jeffrey L. Ouch