Fantomas Melvins Big Band DVD


 Coming out 26th August on Ipecac Records, The Live DVD of Fantomas & Melvins performing their 2006 London show. 

In early 2006 I asked Greg Werckman at Ipecac if I could come along to a Melvins show and take some photos, being my favourite band, I really wanted to get some good photos to include some cartoon monsters in. Then one thing led to another and ended up going along with my video camera and friends Matthew Rozeik and Alex Gunnis. We all had a camera each, Matt sat on the balcony and Alex wandered around and I sat up front under Dave Lombardo’s drums. He owes me two new ears.

We recorded the whole show and then I spent the next 6 months on and off through weekends and after work editing this beast together. Whilst doing this Matt, using a really crappy desk recording of the performance, had to pull audio from the cameras and mix together the show, I saw what he was doing a few times and it looked like a massive headache yet he did a brilliant job. Well, it finally got finished after a lot of tweaking and redoing certain songs and whatnot. We spent a bit of time doing some wonky menus for the dvd with help from Dominic Hailstone who authored the dvd for us. Ooh la la.

The DVD also features a commentary track by the Melvins and Fantomas’ no 1 fan Danny DeVito. Which is worth it alone.

here is a bit taken from the MovieWeb interview with Mike Patton

“I have to admit. I am not crazy about music DVDs. Just the thought of sitting and watching a full concert, you know? From front to start is hard enough in person for me. Let alone on a fucking DVD. To me, unless the footage looks really spectacular…Unless it’s a one-time project that I want to document, I have no burning desire to do concert DVDs. That being said, every now and again someone does something really cool. And the next one we will be doing after Patton/Kaada live is The Fantomas Melvins Big Band. That is a similar case. It was a friend of Buzz’s, from the Melvins, that happened to be at one of the London shows. And he said, “Hey, I am going to do this whether you want it or not. You don’t have to pay me, blah, blah, blah.” I was like, “Okay. No harm. No foul.” And he sent footage. It is fucking stunning. He did a bunch of visual effects. It is more than just a concert. There is animation in it. It is really well done. We will be putting that out in the summer of 2008.”

 and another bit from Buzzo taken from the Billboard website..

“At the last minute, Greg Werckman [who runs Ipecac with Mike Patton] came up with this idea of doing a commentary on the whole thing. Mike Patton and Greg are friends with Danny DeVito, and he agreed to come down. So it’s me, Greg, Robby Frazier from William Morris, Dale and Danny all talking. Mostly, it has nothing to do with the DVD itself. We got to ask him any question you can possibly think of — what it was like to work with Andy Kaufman, and who was the biggest a**hole he ever worked with. He told us really great stories — all of which are on there.”


DVD Review here

Couple of youtube clips too from the dvd. Night Goat from the Melvins & Cape Fear from Fantomas.

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