Start The Machine [DVD]
UG Team, on june 26, 2008 11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Sound: Probably the most satisfying and unexpected part of Angels & Airwaves' new DVD Start The Machine is the show of humility from vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge. A few years back when the band released its debut album, you might recall DeLonge likened We Don't Need To Whisper to the second coming of Christ. By the time Start The Machine ends, however, it's obvious that DeLonge has a few regrets and it was merely his passion for the project that spurred the over-the-top (even if tongue-in-cheek) comments.
Plenty of bands have released DVDs that deliver a solid live performance or a general biography, but Start The Machine gives an in-depth studio look at the making of We Don't Need To Whisper. Even if Angels & Airwaves' music doesn't click with you, the DVD still conveys something that every musician with a demo or full-length CD can relate to: frustration in getting the perfect sound. We Don't Need To Whisper was obviously DeLonge's baby and the DVD does clearly show him stewing away for hours on end over a riff or a lead. The other members aren't cut out of the spotlight, however, and each is given his own chapter dedicated to what they brought to the album.
Musically, you get to watch as ideas like the U2-esque guitar parts of The Adventure take shape (which apparently was spawned when DeLonge decided to forgo a Foo Fighters' concert in order to continue working on material). Even more interesting is the involvement of the band's engineer, Critter, who developed several beats by recording random noises in the room (think file cabinets closing and jingling tool boxes). It all makes for a very interesting viewing experience, particularly if you're looking for a few tricks of the trade in the studio. // 9
Overall Impression: Tom DeLonge has made a name for himself in the news over the years, and it's not always because of the most positive things (the controversial Blink 182 breakup, comparing his music to the second coming). This DVD could have been a bad move on paper, but DeLonge does himself (and his band) a great service by coming clean about his regrets, his relationship with former Blink 182 bandmates, and his vision for music in general. There's a passion in DeLonge that is very evident in Start The Machine, and that is something you don't always see in the flurry of rockers with I-don't-give-a-shit attitudes. You come out seeing that We Don't Need To Whisper was indeed a labor of love, and for those who were staunch supporters Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus, DeLonge's point of view is brought a little more out into the open. // 9
Start The Machine [DVD]
blankguitar910, on july 07, 2009 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: The sound is impressive, truly done very well and constructed properly. This is not just another band DVD, it is like an actual movie. It tells a story of tom's insecurity and his obsession with trying to bring something new to music. The live songs have a very good sound and do not sound mediocre. The music was followed all throughout the movie with band members constantly being on camera during the writing and recording process. // 9
Overall Impression: It beats out other artists documentaries on a grand scale. When I bought it, I thought it would just be about 45 minutes with performing a couple songs and some interviews, but it far surpassed that. I love the in-depth interviews and how it showed the recording process. It was all real life stuff, no staging, of the recording process and the anxiety of the band members. I wish they would of had a full concert on here, but you can't get everything. The CGI was so incredible and it was directed beautifully. Must own for any blink/angels lover // 10