Kid Dynamite LPs on Sale

Kid Dynamite played their last US shows this past August and a fun time was had by all were lucky enough to be there. And a few of those people were also lucky enough to pick up both Kid Dynamite LPs at the band’s merch table for only $10. For those who weren’t there and never had their own copies of these records, we’re happy to give you another chance to pick them up. Both Kid Dynamite and Shorter, Faster, Louder are now on sale in the Jade Tree store for $10 each. The sale lasts all weekend. Enjoy.

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Kid Dynamite (Multi-Cam Full Set) from hate5six on Vimeo.

Kid Dynamite to Play Final Shows

Kid Dynamite sent us a few words regarding their final shows. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to see Kid Dynamite live, there are only a few opportunities left. Tickets are still available for the This Is Hardcore Fest. The RSVP for the free House of Vans show starts Monday (7/29) at 9 AM.

 

“It was 2010 when we were first invited to play This Is Hardcore in Philly. It was our first show in nearly 5 years, since playing CBs. We’ve always gotten offers to reunite for a show or two, but nothing ever really panned out. It seemed like all of us were interested in possibly hitting the stage a few more times. Why not? Right?

Over the past 3 years we’ve had the pleasure of playing some pretty exciting shows; a warm welcome in California, a magically dusty weekend in Austin, a unexpected romp in Gainesville, a beautifully nostalgic show at the Church in Philly and most recently our first trip to Europe. We played with great bands and felt a great deal of love and energy. But what next?

We’ve seen many bands reunite over the past few years and surely every one of them asks themselves the question “What are we doing?”  Do we move forward and progress with new material, keep playing in the cyclical manor til we wear out our welcome or do we take a final bow?

In less than a month we will be playing two of our biggest headlining shows ever; This Is Hardcore in Philly and House of Vans in Brooklyn. Things can’t get any more exciting for us. It seems like an appropriate time to announce these as our final U.S. shows. We say U.S. shows because we’ve been working on one more trip over seas for some time now. If it happens it will be in 2014.

We are fortunate enough to be able to rewrite the ending of our story. Our first farewell in the year 2000 was mired in confusion, sadness and anger. This time around we get to ride off into the sunset with nothing but love and pride for this band who’s music  has somehow, with the help everyone around us, resonated through the past 16 years.

We’d like to thank all of the people who have kept this band alive; those of you who have shared our music with your friends and covered our songs. Thank you to all of you who have come out to our shows to sweat with us, smile with us and ultimately scream with us, reminding us that this band is and always will be our “Fuck You!””

Four Years In One Gulp

Four Years in One Gulp is the vibrant 90-minute documentary of the all-too-brief life and times of KID DYNAMITE. For the first time you’ll hear the side of these Philadelphia punk heroes’ story that’s gone previously untold, and not just from the band themselves, but also from their friends, supporters and fans. Highlighted by 25 raging live performances, the DVD reveals KID DYNAMITE’s guts: the personalities, the music and the motivation, life at home and on the road, and the process of putting the band together only to watch it prematurely fall apart.

90 Minutes
Color / NTSC
Region 0

Special Features:
Band Commentary
Roadie Commentary
Mark Beemer Photo Gallery
Jeremy Dean Art Archive
Deleted Scenes

Thanks to all of you who have sent videos over the years. You know who you are.

Exclusive photos & contact sheets:
Mark Beemer
Tim Owen
Taryn Hickey
Martina Duffy
Nate Martin
Shane McCauley
Danielle Dombrowski

Who the hell shot this:
Jason Shevchuk – Philly Interviews
Steve O’Brien – NYC Interviews
Joe DiGerolamo – KD Group Interview
Mark Beemer – Super 8mm
Andy Wheeler – 16mm

Artwork by Jeremy Dean at Comfortable Lead
Live sound fixed by West West Side Music
Jason Shevchuk made this at Playground

Other music taken from: EUPHONE “Nick Is Ryan” From the album Hashin’ It Out LP/CD (JT1054)

1. Intro
2. The Story Begins
3. Kid Dynamite
4. Pacifier
5. Big Red Truck
6. Fuckuturn
7. Clobberin’ Time
8. Zuko’s Back in Town
9. Sweet Shop Syndicate
10. The First LP
11. News At 11
12. K05-0564
13. Shiner
14. PH Decontrol
15. First Tour
16. Never Met the Gooch
17. Wrist Rocket
18. Feather Duster
19. Gate 68
20. Boogers
21. Pause
22. I Swallowed It
23. Showoff
24. Rise Above
25. The End
26. Three’s a Party
27. Reunited
28. 802 Lombard St.
29. Heart A Tact
30. Living Daylights
31. Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
32. Looking Back

Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems

This posthumous release contains songs culled from every compilation and split release, cover songs, the original six-song demo, a live radio appearance, and assorted demo versions of KID DYNAMITE classics. The CD also includes a booklet with extensive liner notes written by the band and a bonus DVD of never before seen live footage and photos, as well as flyers. This DVD has Region 0 encoding.

Kid Dynamite was:
Jason Shevchuk: Vocals
David Wagenschutz: Drums
Dan Yemin: Guitar, Bass on tracks 1-3 & 5
Steve Ferrell: Bass on tracks 4 & 6-20
Michael “Spider” Cotterman: Bass on tracks 21-29
Layout: JD @ Comfortable Lead
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

CLASSICS
1. Heart a Tact
2. Breakin’ a Memory
3. Give ‘em the Ripped One
4. Two for Flinching

COVERS
5. Rise Above
6. Deny Everything
7. Hateful
8. I Don’t Wanna Hear it
9. Macho Insecurities

DEMO
10. Showoff
11. Sweet Shop Syndicate
12. Never Met the Gooch
13. Fuckuturn
14. Scarysmurf
15. The Ronald Miller Story

UNRELEASED
16. Bookworm
17. The Unheard Chorus
18. 32 Frames
19. Wristrocket
20. News @ 11
21. Death and Taxes
22. S.O.S.

LIVE RADIO SHOW
23. Heart a Tact
24. Handy with the Tounge Sword
25. KO5-O564
26. Never Met the Gooch
27. The Penske File
28. Ph. Decontrol
29. Deny Everything

Shorter Faster Louder

If they had named their record something else, we’d probably be sitting here right now telling you how KID DYNAMITE‘S second and final album is a lot like their first – only shorter, faster, and louder. But goddammit, they beat us to it and now we need to come up with new adjectives for a gloriously no-frills hardcore album so straightforward, precise, and skillfully executed, it probably had to be their last.

Jason Shevchuk: Vocals
Dan Yemin: Guitar
Michael Cotterman: Bass
David Wagenschutz: Drums

Additional Musicians:

Alison/Fast Times: Vocals on 14
Andy/Kill Your Idols: Vocals on 14

Backup Vocals:

Dave Hause, Ernie Parada, Jason Shevchuk, Michael Cotterman, Dan Yemin

Recorded September 1999
Released February 2000

Recorded at Trax East, NJ
Engineered & Produced by Steve Evetts
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, NJ
Layout by Jeremy Dean
Cover Photo by Taryn Hickey
Additional Photos by Taryn Hickey, Mark Beemer, Nate Martin, Justine
DeMetrick, & Danielle Dombrowski

1. Pits & Poisoned Apples
2. Death and Taxes
3. Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
4. Copout
5. Handy with the Tongue Sword
6. Living Daylights
7. Introduction to the Opposites
8. Gate 68
9. Troys’ Bucket
10. Rufus Wants a Hug
11. Got a Minute?
12. The Penske File
13. Rid of the Losers, Bring on the Cruisers
14. Three’s a Party
15. S.O.S.
16. Two For Flinching
17. Birthday
18. Give’ em the Ripped One

S/T

KID DYNAMITE‘S eponymous debut wants to party like it’s 1982, when hardcore street punk was a heartfelt reflection of an alienated life and screaming your head off indecipherably was a performing art. At the same time, this ain’t no time warp. Refined for a post-punk generation, these Lifetime and Ink & Dagger alumni keep it relevant with a perspective of the past twenty some-odd years, the wisdom of maturity, and a progressive lyrical approach that carries as much responsibility as it does rage.

Jason Shevchuk: Vocals
Dan Yemin: Guitar
Steve Farrell: Bass
David Wagenschutz: Drums

Recorded September 1998
Released October 1998

Recorded at Trax East, NJ
Engineered & Produced by Steve Evetts
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, NJ
Layout by Jeremy Dean
Cover Photo by Martina Duffy
Inside & Back Cover Photos by Tim Owen
KD Cement Art by Steve Farrell, Photo by Martina

1. Pause
2. K05-0564
3. Sweet Shop Syndicate
4. Table 19
5. Ph. Decontrol
6. Showoff
7. Bookworm
8. Scarysmurf
9. The Ronald Miller Story
10. Bench Warmer
11. Zuko’s Back In Town
12. Never Met The Gooch
13. News at 11
14. 32 Frames Per Second
15. Pacifier
16. 3 o’clock
17. Shiner
18. Wrist Rocket
19. Fuckuturn

Live Stream of Fun Fun Fun Fest

Not in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest? Pitchfork is promising a live stream of every festival stage. While watching online is far from the real thing, it’s gotta beat working.

Friday 2:45 – From Ashes Rise (Black Stage)
Saturday 5:20 – Paint It Black (Black Stage)
Sunday 5:20: – Kid Dynamite (Black Stage)

[Note: At the time of this posting, it seems that the Black Stage stream is Off Air, but we're hoping that will change before From Ashes Rise plays]

Kid Dynamite to Play Chain Reaction after FYF

Kid Dynamite and are pleased to announce an intimate affair, featuring their friends Punch and Comadre. It’s happening at Chain Reaction, situated in the stretch of strip-mall oblivion known as Anaheim, CA, on Sunday September 4th, 2011.

Tickets will be available on Wednesday August 31, 2011, at noon Pacific Standard Time. Don’t sleep. The collapse of the american dream begins here:

Kid Dynamite
Punch
Comadre

Sunday, September 4th
Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA

Kid Dynamite to Play Benefit for Philadelphia Free School

Sun, September 11, 2011

Kid Dynamite
No Friends
Spraynard

5:00 pm
$15.00

First Unitarian Church
Philadelphia, PA

A Benefit for the Philadelphia Free School ( , . A night of fun and fund raising as we welcome Philadelphia’s newest educational alternative, the Philadelphia Free School. A democratic school operated by its students, staff, parents, and community members. A portion of the ticket price will go directly to buying musical instruments for the school. A portion of the ticket price goes toward helping the school buy musical instruments and donations of gently used musical gear will also be accepted at the show.

Kid Dynamite, From Ashes Rise, Paint It Black to Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

Kid Dynamite reunited around this time last year for the a sold out This is Hardcore festival in Philadelphia and have been quiet since. However, the news has just come in that they will be regrouping at this years Fun Fun Fun fest in Austin, Texas. We were quite pleased by the announcement, but even more excited that they will be joined by From Ashes Rise and Paint It Black. The full schedule will be released in September, but a quick browse of the festival site reveals other artists include Public Enemy, Slayer, Odd Future, and Hum.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011
November 4,5,6
Auditorium Shores – Austin, TX

Kid Dynamite Limted Edition 2xLP – Sold Out


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Update: Sorry, this has sold out.

When Kid Dynamite reunited to perform for a sold out crowd at Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Festival, we knew that a special vinyl reissue could be the icing on the cake. This package features both full length Kid Dynamite titles (Kid Dynamite and Shorter, Faster, Louder) inside a custom silk screened cover. The pressing is limited to 300 black vinyl LPs with 100 black covers, 100 red and 100 in random multiple colors. The band sold through 200 copies during the festival, but we made sure to set some aside to give a few more fans a chance to grab one. Get one now, because they are sure to sell out in less than a day.

Order here:

Kid Dynamite to Play This Is Hardcore Fest


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Kid Dynamite has just surprised us with the news that they will reunite to play the This Is Hardcore Fest taking place in Philadelphia August 13th – 15th. The festival also includes sets by Ink & Dagger (), Sheer Terror, Blacklisted, Ceremony and Cro Mags, Tickets are available from .

This Is Hardcore Fest 2010
August 13-14-15

Club Polaris/Starlight Ballroom
460 N 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA
19123

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Kid Dynamite [I]Four Years in One Gulp[/I] Review

For a name that is so often dropped as a key band of modern hardcore, it’s a bit strange to think of how short Kid Dynamite’s reign really was. It certainly was, as the title suggests, Four Years In One Gulp: a brief yet significant presence in the hardcore scene that ended up as one of the most influential in recent years. This 90-minute DVD attempts to chronicle the band’s short existence with live footage and interviews of the band members and those closest to them.

The interviews are very fun to watch, because they are rarely just one person in a room, but rather groups so as to allow for great interaction amongst friends, resulting in some elaborate storytelling. The two main groups they interview are the band and the roadies, the latter providing some of the more humorous moments of the DVD. Roadie Dave Hause, now a member of The Loved Ones, tells hilarious stories from the road, my personal favourite being a bonus scene where he talks about stealing a member of the Misfits’ jacket.

The direction of the DVD is wonderful, and done in chronological order. It is narrated by singer Jason Shevchuk, and begins right with the first phone calls made to get a band started. You get to hear the band talk about jamming instrumentally without a singer, and there’s even footage of the band performing “Pacifier” at their first ever show. As the band tells stories from the road, it often goes to the aforementioned roadies or to Jade Tree’s Darren Walters (who, as you learn, auditioned for the position of singer of the band) to find another perspective on the story.

Live footage intersects the storytelling every few minutes, and the audio is often rather raw, matching the grainy video footage that is found. At times the poor audio and video quality can get a little frustrating, especially when you can barely make out Jason’s vocals, but for the most part the unrefined quality simply suits the band’s passionate and lightning-fast approach to music.

It should be noted, however, that not all of the audio and video quality of the band is poor, but actually, there is some very nice footage to be found. Unfortunately, Jade Tree decided it would be best to hide the best footage the band had, which was filmed at a CBGB’s reunion show. For those that own the DVD, what you have to do is head into the Bookworms section, and scroll to the end of it, and then highlight the words at the bottom, “A chapter in this book that you haven’t read yet.” The footage from this show is excellent, yet it is puzzling as to why this wouldn’t be showcased on the DVD, or at least be found in a more obvious location.

For those of you who remember the heyday of Kid Dynamite and want to relive the moments, or those who have discovered them recently and want to find out the impact that this band had on the people around them, Jade Tree offers an extremely comprehensive DVD. It’s a very thorough and entertaining disc, and is a must-have for any fan of the band.

Kid Dynamite [I]Four Years in One Gulp[/I] Review

It’s a shame that those outside of the city of brotherly love don’t understand the impact Kid Dynamite had on today’s punk/hardcore music scene. While the genre as we know it today is filled with bands whose CDs we wish we could flush down the toilet, Kid Dynamite were pioneers of the genre. Their fast and aggressive style of music was mixed with catchy, sing-a-long vocals that really were built for a live setting. Having only been able to see the boys perform once during their existence from 1997 to 2000, I can honestly admit that it was one of the most powerful performances I’ve ever seen. Strong words for a glaring band.
For a band that featured former members of the legendary Lifetime, and now has members in quality acts Paint It Black, The Loved Ones and None More Black- Kid Dynamite were destined for something special and they delivered. It’s only fitting I guess that Jade Tree’s first ever DVD release features Kid Dynamite and their brilliant, but short career. Four Years in One Gulp captures the blue-collar character and paints the story of just who this genre-defining band were with live performance footage, life on the road, in the studio, and everywhere else in 90 minutes. It seems to breeze by but it manages to knock you on your ass, just like their music did.

The best aspect of this DVD would have to be the 20 live performances from day one to the end that are captured on film. The footage and sound quality isn’t top of the line and often times a tad grainy and hard to hear, but for this band, a group that called Philadelphia home and embraced the city and the music community, it’s almost fitting the recording isn’t polished and clean. A great piece of footage included is the reunion show bits and pieces we get to see from 2003. We also get a glimpse of how the band prepared for these shows, which is quite the treat. I only wish more footage was included here.

The DVD also does an excellent job of capturing the individual personalities of band members Dan Yemin, David Wagenschutz, Jay Shevchuk, Steve Ferrell and Michael Cotterman. As the DVD unfolds the story of the band, you also see how each member of the group worked in their own individual aspects. You also get a perspective of the band from their roadies and more importantly, their friends, who all add that element of an outside voice; it really helps tie everything together.

Four Years In One Gulp also includes some nifty extras like photo galleries and more general band commentary. The photos are definitely worth taking a peek at. I guess there could have been some more added here, but you can’t forget, this band was not together that long. I think that in itself shows the mark Kid Dynamite left on the music scene. A band that barely lasted four years has its own DVD. There is a reason for that, and the reason is that this band really did make an impact and now those who missed out on this band can understand and see for themselves why they did.

Kid Dynamite [I]Four Years in One Gulp Review[/I]

In addition to watching episodes of the Beavis and Butt-head – The Mike Judge Collection Vol. 1 DVD, I’ve recently watched three band-related DVDs: a 90-minute documentary on Kid Dynamite called Four Years in One Gulp, The Hives’ Tussles in Brussels concert and blink-182′s The Urethra Chronicles. While I enjoyed seeing The Hives rip it up in concert and some older blink-182 videos, seeing Kid Dynamite again was a nice reminder of things.

In the fall of ’98, Jade Tree had three highly-anticipated records coming out. A new EP by The Promise Ring (Boys + Girls), Jets to Brazil’s debut album (Orange Rhyming Dictionary), Kid Dynamite’s self-titled debut album. These three records sounded nothing alike, but I wanted all of them. Already a Promise Ring fan and convinced that bands featuring ex-members of Jawbreaker, Handsome, Texas is the Reason and Lifetime were guaranteed to be great.

In an age when MP3s were few and far between and before peer-to-peer networks were everywhere on the Internet, short clips in the Real Audio format were the standard. No audio was available at the time when I sent my money in, but I couldn’t help it because Jade Tree had a sweet deal. They offered a pre-order where you could get the record a few weeks before it came out in stores. So I just went for it and sent my money in.

While awaiting for my records to arrive, sound clips from each album appeared online. Hearing "Bookworm" by Kid Dynamite and "Resistance is Futile" by Jets to Brazil, I wasn’t too hot with what I heard. I couldn’t wrap my head around KD’s Jason Shevchuk’s voice and I didn’t really enjoy Jets’ Devo-like new wave. I’m glad I got the albums though; it’s amazing when you hear more than one song. That’s the beauty of a record!

Kid Dynamite sounded like a much harder version of Lifetime, but they were not a weak, retooled version of it. They played fast and their songs were very short, but they were all worth the while. Orange Rhyming Dictionary turned out to be a really great album filled with mostly mellowed-out rock songs. I would continue to follow Jets to Brazil closely for years to come, but I wouldn’t be as close a follower of KD.

As a full-time band, Kid Dynamite went full-steam ahead with releasing a number of compilation tracks, split-EP with 88 Fingers Louie, and a second album, Shorter, Faster, Louder. Despite their material being really strong, their flavor was going out on me. As much as I love fast punk rock, I can’t listen to it all the time. Kid Dynamite was a casualty in my changing of taste after a couple of years of listening to a lot of pop-punk and hardcore.

When Kid Dynamite called it quits in 2000, people were incredibly bummed. I was sad to see them go, but I was surprised to see how revered they had become in such a short amount of time. They were thought of as highly as Lifetime, but as its own band. The band has since reunited for a few one-off charity shows in the last few years and every show has been packed to the gills.

All of the band’s story so far is placed together nicely in the Four Years in One Gulp documentary. While there is a great balance of fun and seriousness in the interviews with those involved, the true pearl is seeing amateur video of the band playing live. Though the video quality varies, the band’s performances are always top-notch. Seeing the band attack the songs with so much intensity, I really miss this kind of approach with bands now. Shevchuk goes to town as an engaging frontman with a fireball of energy while his bandmates do the same, but in their own ways.

I could get all nostalgic and think that they don’t make bands like Kid Dynamite anymore. Well, I’m not sure a band just like Kid Dynamite will come out, but I’m not worried. KD was a special band that has remained special in the years to come. I’m glad I did give this band another chance even after being not too impressed with the 30-second Real Audio clip that I heard. I think I should apply this a little more than what I normally do. I don’t want to get ripped off with a lame record, but I shouldn’t be so quick to judge bands (especially with just 30 seconds of an album).

KID DYNAMITE "FOUR YEARS IN ONE GULP" DVD (JT1108) OUT TODAY


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For the first time ever in our many years of record-slinging, Jade Tree will release our first official DVD today. What better way to begin the digital video disc mayhem than with Four Years in One Gulp, a documentary about KID DYNAMITE. For the first time you’ll hear the side of these Philadelphia punk heroes’ story that’s gone previously untold, and not just from the band themselves, but also from their friends, supporters and fans. Highlighted by 25 raging live performances, the DVD reveals KID DYNAMITE’s guts: the personalities, the music and the motivation, life at home and on the road, and the process of putting the band together only to watch it prematurely fall apart.

Last week’s advance free screening of Four Years in One Gulp in Philly was off the chain. The packed house at the First Unitarian Church reveled in the unveiling of punk cinematic glory (and free pizza and popcorn to boot) and now the rest of the universe outside of Philadelphia will have their chance to take in and take home the movie.

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CHAPTER LISTING:
1. Intro
2. The Story Begins
3. Kid Dynamite
4. Pacifier
5. Big Red Truck
6. Fuckuturn
7. Clobberin’ Time
8. Zuko’s Back in Town
9. Sweet Shop Syndicate
10. The First LP
11. News At 11
12. K05-0564
13. Shiner
14. PH Decontrol
15. First Tour
16. Never Met the Gooch
17. Wrist Rocket
18. Feather Duster
19. Gate 68
20. Boogers
21. Pause
22. I Swallowed It
23. Showoff
24. Rise Above
25. The End
26. Three’s a Party
27. Reunited
28. 802 Lombard St.
29. Heart A Tact
30. Living Daylights
31. Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
32. Looking Back

KID DYNAMITE [I]Four Years in One Gulp[/I] review

A stringy-haired Steve Evetts looks into a handheld camera held by Kid Dynamite guitarist Dan Yemin. In his hands he grips a small piece of paper with a 2-letter word on it and a punctuation mark at the end. It’s no larger than 4" x 4", but the font is bold-faced, so you can read it clearly as Evetts presses it against the mixing board. "Dan: This is for your benefit. Note the well-placed ‘GO.’" There is Kid Dynamite’s existence summed up in one small, intentionally metaphorical action: Abbreviated but aggressive. Short but impacting. Brief but powerful. A duration that lasted no more than 4 years, but one that turned heads, and continues to do so today.

Four Years in One Gulp, the melodic hardcore legends’ first full-length feature DVD, captures the band’s history in a chronological fashion with candid looks inside the story of their history. Jade Tree presents an absolutely wonderful collaboration of talking heads’ stories, crisp photos, direct narration from lead singer Jason Shevchuk, a bit of tour footage and a diverse array of interspersed live clips from over the years. The entire sequence leads from the ex-Lifetime members starting to collaborate on the band all the way to the heartbreaking end of the band, and with a look at the band’s reunion shows in 2003.

The major players in terms of the talking heads are the collective band themselves, hanging out in a living room and reminscing of practices and tour occurrences. Jade Tree co-owner and former roadie Darren Walters spills the juice on "inside the van" tidbits, as does former roadies Dave Hause (now singing and playing guitar for the Loved Ones) and Colin McGinnus (now in None More Black), who get plenty of face time themselves with their plethora of stories ("and Spider ate some rancid Doritos…," "they were wrestling in the nude…"). A number of other area band members get their say in, as well.

The sound for the videos are not at their respective maximums, but they suffice well and match the sometimes mildly grainy footage perfectly. The very first shown, "Pacifier," is appropriately from the band’s first ever show, which is hilarious in aspects. Shevchuk looks like he walked out of a chemistry final, while the entirety of the band seemingly refuses to shy away from facing the crowd, including a barefoot, gym clothes-covered Dan Yemin. Temporary bassist Ernie Parada (Grey Area), only played a few shows with the band, but footage is included, which is a great clip of "Shiner," shot from a profile view, but one in which the crowd is right up front and whose faces are clearly visible; everyone from the frumpy-looking but pleased as punch fangirl to the spiky haired fellow who doesn’t seem to know any words but is enjoying himself regardless get their cameos in. Even included is a latter-era clip of the band’s cover of Black Flag’s "Rise Above," taken from the last show of KD’s last tour.

While it tends to solely involve the band killing time, including Yemin deeply concentrated on a round of Mortal Kombat, studio footage from the "recording" of the band’s self-titled debut is here and engaging nonetheless, if not just for Dave Wagenshutz’s ‘STRAIGHT EDGE ISN’T COOL ANYMORE’ shirt.

The DVD briefly looks at the 2003 reunion shows as well, with some rather candid footage of the band in the rehearsal space, practicing for the forthcoming shows. This section of the DVD even manages to include a clip of "Fuckuturn," taken from a secret show played as a warmup a number of days before the official shows at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church. The "Heart a Tact" clip here is one of the best on the disc.

Slight mention is even made of the CBGBs benefit from this past August 2005, photos of which are lovely to see.

The extras are worth at least glances, as well. From a quick glimpse, the band commentary appears to be both informative and humorous, which is all you can ask for when it comes to that usually ignored area of DVDs, while Hause and McGinnus team up for more stories.

I have a feeling Kid Dynamite will long be remembered in the minds of all who regard punk rock as an important branch of rock. In the scope of the musical stratosphere, they may be but a blip on the radar, but in hardcore punk, they were kings. The East Coast stalwarts were a band who took an old hat and wore it on their heads like it was the greatest thrift store find of all time. Visual proof is in Four Years in One Gulp, which is a perfect assurance that both Kid Dynamite’s songs and passion for recreating an atmosphere of pure, unbridled punk rock created legacy that will long go unmatched.

KID DYNAMITE [I]Four Years in One Gulp[/I] Review

Yeah, people were deservedly fuckin’ stoked about Kid Dynamite. The band had history: prehistory with Lifetime; post history with Paint It Black, None More Black, and Good Riddance. I personally think Kid Dynamite ruled and were an important bridge between straight-ahead, first generation hardcore and melody-infused modern punk. This is a well-made documentary of a short-lived, great band, that, like that one space shuttle, blew up when it was really taking off. Where the movie excels is in its balance. It’s doesn’t grandstand and put the band on an impossible pedestal nor is it apologetic and mopey. The movie also strikes a balance due to its diversity. It’s part oral history (by the band themselves, long-time fans, and label owners), part well-recorded live performances (from all over the U.S.), part comedy routines (their roadies, who should star in their own public access show), and part reminiscence/therapy session for previously unresolved issues between the band members concerning the abrupt finish to a promising band. Ultimately, all of the members of Kid Dynamite come off looking and acting like real, passionate, and flawed human beings who had a knack for making great music together. In a twist at the end, the band – more popular than ever, it seems- plays a string of sold-out reunion shows to help a long-time friend start his foundation for battling cancer. This movie is the perfect presentation and preservation of a band that should be remembered and regarded as one of the brightest spots in late ’90s/ early ’00s punk. Highly recommended.

FREE KID DYNAMITE "FOUR YEARS IN ONE GULP" DVD SCREENING


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WHAT
DVD Screening (90 minutes)
Free popcorn, food and drinks
Door prizes
Band member Q & A
DVD for sale early

WHEN
Wednesday February 15th 9:00pm

WHERE
The First Unitarian Church’s Chapel (mini sanctuary)
2125 Chestnut Street (22nd and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA
$ FREE / All Ages
*Seats Will Be Issued On A First Come – First Serve Basis (The mini sanctuary holds only 50 people! – so show up on time to ensure entry).

WHY
For fun damnit!

Four Years in One Gulp, a documentary about KID DYNAMITE. For the first time you’ll hear the side of these Philadelphia punk heroes’ story that’s gone previously untold, and not just from the band themselves, but also from their friends, supporters and fans. Highlighted by 25 raging live performances, the DVD reveals KID DYNAMITE’s guts: the personalities, the music and the motivation, life at home and on the road, and the process of putting the band together only to watch it prematurely fall apart.

KID DYNAMITE "FOUR YEARS IN ONE GULP" DVD (JT1108) PRE-ORDER INFO AND TRAILER


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Jade Tree is proud to present our first official DVD release on February 21st: Four Years in One Gulp, a documentary about KID DYNAMITE. For the first time you’ll hear the side of these Philadelphia punk heroes’ story that’s gone previously untold, and not just from the band themselves, but also from their friends, supporters and fans. Highlighted by 25 raging live performances, the DVD reveals KID DYNAMITE’s guts: the personalities, the music and the motivation, life at home and on the road, and the process of putting the band together only to watch it prematurely fall apart.

Each customer will receive a free Four Years In One Gulp poster.

CHAPTER LISTING:
1. Intro
2. The Story Begins
3. Kid Dynamite
4. Pacifier
5. Big Red Truck
6. Fuckuturn
7. Clobberin’ Time
8. Zuko’s Back in Town
9. Sweet Shop Syndicate
10. The First LP
11. News At 11
12. K05-0564
13. Shiner
14. PH Decontrol
15. First Tour
16. Never Met the Gooch
17. Wrist Rocket
18. Feather Duster
19. Gate 68
20. Boogers
21. Pause
22. I Swallowed It
23. Showoff
24. Rise Above
25. The End
26. Three’s a Party
27. Reunited
28. 802 Lombard St.
29. Heart A Tact
30. Living Daylights
31. Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
32. Looking Back

88 Fingers Louie / Kid Dynamite [I]Split[/I] Review

When I first started getting into the underground music scene back in high school, I was fortunate to have been a part of Chicago’s booming underground punk scene. One of the bands I quickly fell in love with was 88 Fingers Louie. Shortly after getting their first full-length Behind Bars, I found out that the band had broken up; the break-up however did not last long, and they came back stronger than ever with the comeback album Back on the Streets. Once again, 88 Fingers Louie would disband shortly after that release, but not before releasing the last of their material with none other than Philadelphia, PA’s Kid Dynamite. Now, I know just about everyone has heard about Kid Dynamite, so I won’t go into too much detail surrounding their history, but I will say that these two bands came together in 1999 to release one of the best split EPs ever (in my opinion).

Starting off the EP is 88 Fingers Louie with “Out There,” one of their heavier songs in their collection. This short number then bursts into one of my all-time favorite songs “Slow Chorus Overlap;” even now when I listen to this song I still find myself getting the chills. This song and the next track “Reparation” are two songs that cannot close out a band’s history any better, and truly bring to life the term “saved the best for last.”

Next up on the split is Kid Dynamite. Like 88 Fingers Louie, they also called it quits shortly after this release at the beginning of 2000. Kid Dynamite contributes two short tracks that showcase the band’s blend of melodic punk and hardcore, “Heart A Tact” followed by “Breakin’s A Memory.” To close out the disc, Kid Dynamite pulls off a great cover of the Black Flag song “Rise Above” and really closes out their career as a band just as good as 88 Fingers Louie’s songs.

If there was ever a split that needs to be owned by anyone into the punk/hardcore scene it’s this one. It’s amazing how well these two bands sound together on this split and how both their careers seem to end here. I mentioned it earlier and I’ll say it again, this disc really brings life to the term “saved the best for last.” Even though this CD might not even break the fifteen-minute mark, the staying power and intensity of these 6 songs show the listener why these two groups are legends in their hometown scenes. This disc is a must have.

KID DYNAMITE UPDATE

As the dust from what was once Hellfest settles on the Tri-State area, at least one event remains unchanged. Monday night CBGB will see the return of Philadelphia’s KID DYNAMITE, playing with friends of old Greyarea along with upstarts Voice In The Wire and Take My Chances, all in support of the effort. Though advance tickets have there will be tickets available at the door. Come on out to what will surely be a night to remember. Don’t forget to leave your attitude at the door and bring your shoes for the dance floor!

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Philly Punks to Help N.Y. club

Defunct Philly punk act Kid Dynamite will play a benefit show for legendary New York rock club CBGB, which faces eviction over a landlord/tenant dispute.

KD’s Aug. 22 gig is its first since a series of reunion shows here in 2003 that raised more than $20,000 for the Syrentha J. Savio Endowment, a breast-cancer charity. Savio was the wife of photographer Mark Beemer, a friend of the band, who set up the charity after her death that year.