Billy Talent Scandalous Travelers (Atlantic) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
The most surprising detail on this DVD is when Billy Talent's drummer does the robot to an Aphex Twin song. Who'd've guessed he had a soft spot for Cornish IDM? Besides that, this is pretty standard stuff. Essentially, we get the "backstage view" of the rise (and rise) of Canada's new rock 'n' roll champions. Be there when they graduate from cramped tour van to air-conditioned bus, chuckle along with the guys as singer Ben Kowalewicz hams it up in the studio, and, of course, sympathize when they complain about not getting enough "alone time" out there on the long, cold road to superstardom. On that note, there's also some riffing of the philosophical kind from Kowalewicz: "I think people need to start being better people and start having more fun," he pontificates during a thoughtful voice-over. Well said, man. Now will you please go back to screaming like a banshee and rocking thousands of 15-year-olds?