Ten Years War, The: DVD

Tor Johnson Records has been an integral part of the Providence, RI, and greater New England music scene for over ten years. In May of 2012, a number of past and current bands from the label’s roster came together to celebrate the label’s ten year anniversary. Seeing nearly all of these bands in their primes was a touchstone to life in my early twenties. It was great to see them all come together for a night of music. This DVD does an excellent job of capturing and preserving a show celebrating one of the shining lights of local DIY music and culture. The DVD features highlights of each band’s set, including some of my favorite songs by each band: Saint Jude’s “Extinction Won’t Be So Bad,” Another Dead Juliet’s “Search for the Snow Leopard,” and Weak Teeth’s “Repetition Implies Importance, Implies Importance.” Some of the footage is a bit grainy, particularly the Another Dead Juliet track I mentioned, but the audio quality is great for a live recording, and the footage does a good job of capturing the essence of seeing each band live. This DVD is great not only as a capstone to a decade of amazing music, but it also shows that the future of Tor Johnson Records looks bright. Here’s to the next ten years! –Paul J. Comeau (Tor Johnson, PO Box 1556, Providence, RI 02901, torjohnsonrecords.com)