I’ve got to admit that I didn’t want to like this, but something about the DVD portion of the package really got me to admire these guys as total working stiffs who just have a love for one another, their fans, and their music. The DVD is their live show at what appears to be a really small venue in Pittsburgh, the Smiling Moose. Their banter in between songs and the little interviews with different fans and members of the band makes this out to be almost something of a sociological study. The band definitely has a good sense of humor even if their music isn’t the most thrilling thing in the world. In the end, I found myself fast-forwarding through the music (who wants to see a shirtless fat guy with flabby arms and man-boobs play guitar anyway?) and just watching the interviews. That alone made the viewing of the DVD not just sufferable but even somewhat enjoyable. Granted, Submachine fans will want to get this for sure, but it still may prove to be an enjoyable time for fans of punk music in general.
–kurt (Da’ Core)