Friday, November 5, 2010
Review: The Killdares release concert DVD Up Against the Lights
Man, these guys have a serious fanbase. If you want a free DVD, keep reading.
DALLAS Thursday night, a band unlike any other in the DFW area hosted a screening to show off their upcoming live-in-concert DVD. The Killdares are a Celtic rock band that blends a power pop sound with a mix of rock 'n' roll hooks and a sometimes-traditional Celtic rock flair – thanks to the amazing use of fiddle and bagpipes. The result is an easy-to-listen-to, accessible sound for people of all ages. And perhaps because of that, the band has quite a large and loyal fanbase that filled up nearly every seat for the private screening at the Angelika Theater.
The band features Tim Smith on lead vocals and the drums – think Phil Collins of Genesis and Texas’ own Don Henley of The Eagles. Brek Lancaster plays lead guitar, and guest musician Gavin Kelso is on bass. World Champion fiddler Roberta Rast plays the fiddle faster and more precise than imaginable, while Matt Willis plays the equally-difficult Highland bagpipes, Irish uilleann pipes, and the Scottish small pipes. Both Rast and Willis complement each other musically and help round out the Celtic sound while giving the band a unique musical dimension live.
As members of the band entered the theater just before the screening, fans cheered, clapped, and whistled wildly – some saying The Killdares are not just a favorite local band, but their favorite band of all time.
Throughout the private screening of Up Against the Lights, which featured a July 30 performance from the Granada and nothing else, many fans sang along and stomped their feet. The majority of fans attending the screening were also in attendance at the filming of the live-in-concert DVD. Squeals and proclamations of joy filled the dark theater as members of the ardent fanbase recognized themselves and each other in the audience.
After the screening ended, The Killdares answered questions from fans, including the ever-popular When's the next record coming out? Smith explained that the DVD is the new record since it features previously-unreleased tracks and a two CD set of the entire show. (Bonus materials include four previously-unreleased tracks, fan footage, and an extended interview with the band.) But yes, the band is writing new material.
Up Against The Lights is a classic concert DVD. What makes it special is that it features a Dallas band at a Dallas venue, but it did lack the private look into the lives of the band as they are on tour, in the studio, or at home. That addition would have given great personal insight into the lives of The Killdares.
BONUS: We've got a DVD to give away! If you want it, do two things: First, log into PegNews. (It's free and simple to sign up if you haven't already.) Then, tell us in the comments section below why you want the DVD. We'll draw one name on Wednesday, November 10 and email the lucky winner. We'll mail you the DVD.