Video: The Entertainers 12"

Third Man Records


There's no band that can lay claim to being the true best in the business, except Video. Crawling from the musical wasteland that is Texas, their intentions are simple: they want to own the world. While the band features members of Bad Sports, Wiccans, Radioactivity, and the Wax Museums (just to name a few), Video stands on its own as one of the most powerful and visceral bands active today. Combining equal parts snotty punk, hard rock, and melodic dissonance, Video are pioneers of their own subgenre, Hate Wave. Going well beyond the confines of paint by numbers punk, and generic, flaccid garage rock, Video forges a new cult like movement. The band's new full length LP, The Entertainers will be released on Third Man Records in October 2015. So pay attention, consumers, and don't miss out on the best thing going today. Long Live The New Faith, Long Live Video!

Our take: I really loved Video's debut LP and their first handful of singles, and I was really surprised when they signed to Third Man for their sophomore LP. I guess I assumed that Video would be one of those bands that never really changes. They found a unique voice really quickly, writing compact, catchy-as-the-plague punk that always reminded me of the Adolescents (though no one seemed to concur), and occasionally they'd write an end-of-year-list-worthy hook that quickly made them one of the hottest bands in punk. I figured that The Entertainers would be more of the same, but this is hardly a rehash of Leather Leather. There are some quirks to their sound that are still the same (like the frequent use of the wah pedal), but overall The Entertainers seems to drift away from the compact, pop-oriented songwriting of Leather Leather toward a swampier, more groove-oriented sound that seems very much grounded in the Fun House tradition. Consequently, Video seem less like a straight up hardcore/punk band, sliding into whatever the genre is that is populated by bands like Destruction Unit, Ex-Cult, and the Ukiah Drag, all bands who combine the intensity of hardcore with the groove of the Stooges' Fun House and sprinkle just a little bit of pop in to make it go down easy. Though it's a bit jarring on first listen, The Entertainers is a definitely a grower, and it's even more exciting that it seems to open up a lot more potential in the band's sound. Depending on what road they go down I could see The Entertainers being viewed as a transitional record, but for now it's a powerful statement from a band that isn't willing to just rest on its laurels.
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