MxPx â€“ B-Movie / 2004 SideOneDummy / http://www.mxpx.com / http://www.sideonedummy.com /
Hey, I didnâ€™t realize that MxPx had been doing music for twelve years. I remember getting introduced to them when their song â€œChick Magnetâ€ hit the air in 1998. Well, thatâ€™s been what? 7 years â€“ and thats when they got incredibly, almost annoying large in terms of punk music. However, the anger that I felt about â€œChick Magnetâ€ has muted itself as MxPx has came out with a host of more palatable tracks. B-Movie is a sort of a â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ for the band, showing the band in their element and more importantly in a way that someone watching a concert would see. â€œB-Movieâ€ is the quintessential concert film, interspersing an interview-esque discussion by the band in-between live tracks. The live footage begins with â€œWell Adjustedâ€, and while that is done with the utmost care in terms of video footage, sound production, and performance the pseudo-interview is tedious to say the least. Remember that MxPx is a Christian band, and where a video like Def Leppardâ€™s â€œIn The Roundâ€ was fun just because of their drunkenness or debaucheries, there is none of that on â€œB-Movieâ€. The most risky that the band gets is their â€œtheme nightsâ€, which smack of the â€œwildâ€ activities that youth groups win over new converts with.
The necessary audio montage comes into play when MxPx is talking about their â€œA/C EPâ€, showing the overall rote-ness of the DVD more visibly than anything that has preceded it. The tepidness of the interview sections is bizarrely coupled with the intensity of the live performances. â€œTomorrow Is Another Dayâ€ is circle pit-worthy, and yet the entire front of the crowd is almost comatose â€“ the people just arenâ€™t moving in any meaningful way. However, the crowd redeems itself with the sing-along to the aforementioned crowd â€“ practically everyone in the crowd belts out the chorus (too bad the crowd has absolutely no talent in that department).
The footage of a foreign land is another concert-video essential, and MxPx doesnâ€™t skimp on this regard. Covering their touring around the world provides the audience with a different view of the world â€“ some of the individuals in Japan are just as ugly as those that populate the front rows of a MxPx show in the United States. Acoustically playing â€œLet It Happenâ€ gives a different spin to the track, but allows for watchers of the video to notice something slightly discerning. The vocals arenâ€™t synced with the performance during the track and seem not to fit in any meaningful way with the acoustics. While I know that a number of bands do re-dub their vocals for these live videos, I feel that they should do it in a way that the average listener could never tell.