Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - D.O.A. Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Sunday, 03 August 2014 03:30

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Legendary Canadian hardcore punks D.O.A. appear to be giving KISS, Status Quo and their ilk a run for their money in the forever-farewell tour market. The band began its farewell tour at the start of 2013, yet on it goes: D.O.A. perform at the Rebellion Festival next week so what better time to look at the UK release of their excellent 'To Hell N' Back' DVD?


Released via Sudden Death Records (band founder Joey "Shithead" Keithley's label) and MVDvisual, and through Wienerworld in the UK, 'To Hell N' Back' arrives on these shores on a region-free NTSC disc and packaged with D.O.A.'s latest (last?) studio album, 2012's 'We Come In Peace': not a download code or with the audio as a bonus feature, either - a proper disc packaged in the Amaray case with the DVD.


Included as a bona fide bonus feature on this release is fly-on-the-wall studio footage of when Keithley, alongside bassist Dirty Dan Sedan and (then) drummer Jesse Pinner, recorded the potent 'We Come In Peace' and it is a fine companion piece to the long player itching for you to crack it out of its push-to-release hub...but this DVD really impresses with the thirty live songs compiled from four different D.O.A. shows.




The eight-song 'Welcome To Chinatown' and its follow-up, the thirteen-song-strong 'Return To Chinatown', bookend highlights of a pair of shows from 2011 - 'Cowtown Chaos' from Calgary's Palomino Club, and 'Rocky Mountain High' from Alberta's Canmore Hotel - but it is the pair of shows from Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre (the first from June 2011, 'Return' from January 2013) that really hit every mark.


With multiple cameras utilising every possible vantage point, this footage, to use an advertising cliché, really does put you into the thick of the action! This is easily the finest example of making the viewer feel as if they're in amongst the sweaty folk at the concert. There's even split screen work going on here - basic punk rock by numbers this DVD is not.


Thirty incendiary political punk rock songs spread over ninety minutes, with a free full-length album, and the opportunity to watch how said album was made - what more could you want?


If the Godfathers of Hardcore really are going to disappear soon then this DVD set is a more than worthy addition to their legacy. Let this must-have release occupy your shelves.