MUSHROOMHEAD will release their first DVD, entitled "Volume 1", on July 26 via their own label, the Lumberjack-distributed The Filthy Hands Co. The title is available for pre-orders at www.mushroomhead.com for $19.98 (pre-orders will arrive one day before release date). Fans may also enter online to win prizes ranging from signed masks to free show admission and backstage passes for MUSHROOMHEAD's upcoming tour with DOPE.
The band self-produced, shot, directed and edited the entire DVD, which offers fans the opportunity to experience the band in several ways. It includes music videos, "Solitaire/Unraveling" from their Universal debut "XX", as well as tracks from their follow-up, "XIII", "Sun Doesn't Rise" and "Kill Tomorrow" (a new video which the band lensed themselves), live performances and candid behind-the-scenes footage of the band, unmasked. Shot in the cinema verité style without narrative, the film reflects the zaniness of being in a band, let alone an eight-member band like MUSHROOMHEAD, without the stuffy structure of the documentary format.
"We've been collecting footage," says band founder and drummer Skinny, "from our last two years of touring with AVENGED SEVENFOLD to GODSMACK to MESHUGGAH to SEVENDUST, many of which are featured in the film. We shot everything ourselves and did all the editing. Everyone who has watched it says it's like an early PANTERA video; it's fun to put on at a party and watch three or four times in a row. We bring you lots of surprises!"
MUSHROOMHEAD financed the project entirely themselves, says Skinny. They reinvested their album advances in "some badass stuff," including cameras, editing equipment, computers and books on cinematography, which they knew would come in handy someday. "We knew that the label well might run dry one day and that we would want to do our own thing again," he says, "so we built a fantastic production studio, one piece at a time."
As with any other MUSHROOMHEAD project, the band pooled their artistic talents — several members, including Skinny, are trained visual artists — to create a singular aesthetic that spotlights the visual aspect of the band. Yet, in copious behind-the-scenes footage, the band allows its fans see them without their trademark masks and makeup. Skinny says the intent is to bond with the fans, let them see the people behind MUSHROOMHEAD's intense stage presence. "We're not that hardcore about concealing our identities," he says, adding that the point of the music with masks, makeup and costumes has been to offer a multi-sensory experience. He believes MUSHROOMHEAD fans will enjoy the intimacy of seeing the the real guys behind the masks "just screwing around." Running time on the film is 70 minutes.
MUSHROOMHEAD is are currently in pre-production on its sixth studio album, to be released later this year. The record will be the first to feature new vocalist Waylon, replacing J-Mann, who left the band late last year. The group will show off its new blood this summer and fall on tour with DOPE.
Upcoming MUSHROOMHEAD shows:
Jun. 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Scene Pavilion
Jul. 02 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Jul. 03 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Jul. 08 - Bellefontaine, OH @ Blue Cat
w/ DOPE and CROSSBREED:
Jul. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Jul. 26 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pieres
Jul. 27 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Jul. 28 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Jul. 29 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Jul. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Aug. 01 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Aug. 02 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Aug. 03 - Orono, ME @ Ushuaia
Aug. 04 - Manchester, NH @ Bombshelter
Aug. 05 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Aug. 06 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Aug. 07 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Aug. 08 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 09 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
Aug. 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Aug. 11 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
Aug. 12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Aug. 13 - Tampa, FL @ The Masquerade
Aug. 14 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Fuel Nightclub
Aug. 17 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
Aug. 18 - Austin, TX @ The Back Room
Aug. 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Aug. 30 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Aug. 31 - San Francisco, CA @ Pound S.F.