One of the best things about The Process Live: The Vassar Theatre, I think, is the fact that I didn't have to drive all the way to Vassar, MI to see it. That's right. Thanks to the wisdom of The Process and the fine production work of Big Bang Films the entire show was captured and released on DVD for you - and lazy local music dorks like me who rarely leave the cave anymore. But why spend the gas money when I can watch it from my couch?
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DVD Title: The Process - Live Vassar Theater
Venue: The Vassar Theatre, Vassar, MI.
Film Date: Saturday, March 22nd 2008
Produced by: Big Bang Films & The Process
Directed by: Gary Bredow for Big Bang Films
Camera work: Gary Bredow & Per Franchell
Sound & Lighting: Bissonette Sound
Live Mix: Art Bissonette
Live Recording: Lavel Jackson for Mobile Studios
Mix by: Lavel Jackson Studios by Lavel Jackson & The Process
Production Assistance: Tim O'Brian, Chuck Harrington, Seth Payton
Chapters: Blood Running, Jah Made The Herb, Craven Dog, Rapdown, Rising Up, Mist Of Time, Rasta Soldier, Run Them Down, Spread The Money, Pigman
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Though performance video is the new norm for indie bands, The Process Live @ The Vassar Theater is not just another crappy DIY YouTube video; this is a slick, two-camera production directed by Gary Bredow that covers all the live reggae action in crystal-clear, vivid color; from the the ghostly green swoops of the laser lights to the spectral constellations of the disco lights, you get a modern rock show complete with fog machines and rear-projection special effects in better-than-live detail. Add to that top-shelf sound provided by Art Bissonette and a classic venue built in the 1930's and you've got something special.
Filmed live on Saturday, March 22nd 2008, Live @ The Vassar includes some of my absolute favorites like "Rapdown", "Run Them Down", "Rasta Soldier" and "Spread The Money". Earlier choice picks are also include, like "Jah Made The Herb", "Craven Dog" and "Pigman".
Thankfully, the production values are light-years beyond 2002's "Pigman - The Movie". It sounds and looks great and you get all the schtick you've come to expect from The Process: skull-man, pig-man, dread wigs & dress-up - it's all here and it's all live. If you've always meant to see The Process in concert but never quite escaped your box, this DVD is for you.
The only detractors, I'd say, are some cheezy canned applause and the lack of extras; It would have been nice to get some candid video of band members David Asher (vocals), guitarist Garrick Owen, bassist/keyboardist Bill Heffelfinger and drummer Gabe Gonzalez.
Noticeably absent from this performance is back-up vocalis by Michelle Shaw who really put the shine on the "Blood & Bones" release. But if you're as big a fan of The Process as I am, you'll fill those back-ups in yourself - Mitch
The Process Live: The Vassar Theater will soon be available at CD Baby. Visit The Process' websites for the latest details.