HERE’S A GREAT NEW REVIEW FROM UNDERGROUND METAL MAG, DECIBEL!
Click on the magazine cover and follow the link (or read the text below):
40 Bands/80 Minutes
Sounds Are Active
Not recommended for use with Ritalin
“I’m not gay, but my boyfriend is,” might be the best chorus for any song under two minutes. Then again, it’s all in the conviction that unsigned L.A.-based electro hip-hop group Faux for Real sells it with. Challenging bands to prove their worth in two minutes or less, the producers of 40 Bands/80 Minutes rounded up a motley crew of acts from all imaginable genres. Extreme music standouts include bearded doomsters Harassor (in the Asunder vein of screamy doom), Converge worshipers Weekend Warrior, like-minded punk rockers Abe Vigoda (too bad it isn’t really Abe Vigoda), Slutty Knuckles, with their free jazz-laden scream-core, and Bipolar Bear (great name!), with their annoying-core punk.
Naturally, a lot of the bands are pretty awful. Groups like the grating noise ensemble Halloween Swim Team and weird-dude-in-a-trucker-cap Unwrinkled Doctor seem more interested in making a racket than making their two minutes of fame count. In this regard, as a documentary of the L.A. music scene, the film is very fair. Perhaps the whole show’s highlight is Wives’ final performance. Watching these decent punkers squeeze three songs into two minutes on a borrowed rig, it’s too bad they didn’t get more credit when they were around. One cool special feature is how you can select the bands alphabetically (too bad you can’t play them that way), and there’s also 10 more bands in 20 minutes. (Notably, Debaser do a low-end, synth-metal hybrid).
Also, extra special props go to the band I Rape Nick Lachey, a spacey grindish concoction, for actually coming up with the idea of raping Nick Lachey. They’re not gay, but their boyfriends are.
—Kory Grow, Decibel Magazine
HERE’S AN AMAZING REVIEW OF HEALTH, FOOT VILLAGE, & OTHERS…. THEY MENTION 40 BANDS! BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THEY DISCOVERED THE L.A. UNDERGROUND… GREAT TO HEAR, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THE DVD WAS DESIGNED TO DO—TURN PEOPLE ON TO NEW MUSIC!
“We first saw HEALTH in that nice 40 Bands 80 Minutes doc about the wonders of LA scene…” (Follow the link and read the rest for yourself… this one’s LOOONG)
40 BANDS / 80 MINUTES! is now online for the very first time in remastered form!