Steve Kimock Band: Live at the Gothic Theatre DVD

The Steve Kimock Band has just released the first DVD from their New Year's Eve 2003 performance in Denver entitled Live at the Gothic Theatre. The DVD offers backstage interviews with Rodney Holmes and Kimock in addition to ten full-song performances. Executive Producer Andy Monfried commented, "Kimock is a technical genius and his live performances demonstrate his incomparable pursuit of sonic creativity...there are so many reasons why a Kimock DVD, if done right, would be a breathtaking experience."

Monfried may be a little biased, but that doesn't mean he's wrong. Indeed, Live at the Gothic features an amalgam of cutting-edge technology with classic methods of recording, resulting in a crystal-clear reproduction of sound. While the video production doesn't have all the bells and whistles, there are a number of different camera angles used to yield some interesting close-ups.

Photo by Tony Stack
Perhaps most importantly, the band sounded fantastic that night. While the band as a whole is undoubtedly solid, the two superstars are Kimock and the Grammy-winning Rodney Holmes on drums. The two form a gorgeous dyad: Kimock's exploratory guitar riffs are reigned in with a snap of the snare drum, maintaining the integrity of the beat and further propelling the jam. One thing that separates SKB from other acts is their ability to jam as a unit, having all four members working around a specific beat or melody, and then having the rhythm and bass hold down the beat while Holmes and Kimock navigate the other members through the song.

Photo by Tony Stack
If you haven't physically seen the band play before, you aren't missing a whole lot: its all about the music. The lighting is sparse, and Holmes is the only band member that tends to show any emotion onstage. Kimock is perfectly stoic in his performance, and can be absolutely shredding a filthy rock guitar solo and look as though he's reading the Wall Street Journal. An inspection of the extra features on the DVD may lend some insight as to why this may be the case. For Kimock, music has a much deeper, more personal meaning than attempting to "rawk the crowd" with cheesy barroom antics. The approach is refreshing, and is truly a deconstruction of traditional notions of the parameters of the performer/audience relationship.

In an era where musical gimmicks come and go, the Steve Kimock Band offers a refuge for those more interested in substance than image. Few guitarists are as tasteful in selecting the right notes as Kimock is on a nightly basis. Live at the Gothic showcases the band at the top of their game and contains a nice array of diverse tunes from their repertoire. Top-shelf musicianship and impeccable production make this DVD a keeper.

A set list for the DVD is as follows:

Avalon, Bad Hair, High & Lonesome, One For Brother Mike, Bouncer, It's Up To You, A New Africa, Cole's Law, Tangled Hangers, Rodney's Drum Moment, Electric Wildlife

Nathan Rodriguez
JamBase | Colorado
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[Published on: 5/6/04]

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