Blame It On The Youth





The Sun began with a demo tape from Columbus, Ohio's music wunderkid Chris Burney, but quickly blossomed into a full time venture that included friends Sam Brown on drums, Bryan Ardnet on guitar, Brad Forsblom on bass and multi-instrumentalist Brad Caulkins on uh, everything. After a major label bidding war (before the band ever played live), this young garage band inked a deal with Warner Bros. and released a pair of EPs that received high praise from both the critics and fans alike. The Love & Death and Did Your Mother Tell You EPs showed a band ready to explode into the main stream with a pop song writing prowess not unlike that of Weezer. A long time coming, the band's full length debut, Blame It On The Youth, doesn't just show a band with an uncanny ability to write hit songs (which it totally does), but it also shows a band that is making music history, literally. Blame It On The Youth is the world's first DVD album, at least that's what it says on the sticker that's on the cover. All 14-tracks are accompanied by a video. More accurately, these songs are meant to be watched, as well as heard. While Justin Timberlake doesn't have to worry about losing his sex symbol icon status to these guys (Chris Burney looks like a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Buddy Holly), but these videos are well shot and creatively put together, incorporating both indie, low-res clips with big budget video making. In lieu of going track by track and describing the video, I'll just pick a few highlights from this release and hopefully it will be enough to entice you into investigating further. The album opener, "Must Be You" is 1/2 a performance video and 1/2 a narrative video taking place on a high school campus. It begins with a catchy guitar lick and Burney being escorted out of his school by a pair of cops. In true Memento fashion, the video then shows snip-its of the events leading up to the arrest. "Justice" is a strange Stanley Kubrick a-la Eyes Wide Shut video combining a band performance with weird scenes of hot babes with masks and laser guns hunting the band members and dancing. Perhaps the most shocking and memorable video is for "Romantic Death". The song itself is sexy and erotic, but the video takes it to another level. Incorporating clips from www.beautifulagony.com, a website dedicated to the beauty of the human orgasm, the video shows the faces of about 100 people as they masturbate to a full climax right before your eyes (both guys and girls and there's no nudity, just faces). Leaving you feeling slightly dirty and voyeuristic, the album then leaps into the intense, pounding and evil "2B4" before going into the fun and exciting bike-riding expedition of "Lost At Home". This album is shows just how creative this group of youngsters truly is, conquering both audio and visual media with complete proficiency. Will this be a new trend? Are new DVD albums from Radiohead, Bjork and U2 on the way? Well... who knows, but The Sun, a relatively unknown American rock band, have shown that it can be done... well.

The Sun
Warner Bros.

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