ATP! Review: Pierce The Veil - This Is A Wasteland (DVD)
The DVD cornerstones are all here - party footage (drinking game idea: take a shot of Jameson every time a bottle of Jameson appears onscreen; you might run out of Jameson), rehearsal footage, joke footage, famous friends footage (the aforementioned All Time Low make several appearances, as do the gentlemen of Sleeping With Sirens; hell, there's even some off-camera, almost-cameos from members of Queen, Metallica, and A$AP Rocky), and even some slight tour hiccups (a broken leg overseas, a show shut down by local authorities). It's worth noting, though, that the cinematography of much of this footage is actually rather remarkable. One can attribute this to the ubiquity of HD recording equipment, what with iPhones no longer being any sort of "status symbol," but credit must also go to director Dan Fusselman, and even Vic Fuentes himself, who co-edited the 60-minute mini-documentary.
This Is A Wasteland, like The Urethra Chronicles and similar films before it, will likely serve the same purpose to a new generation of music fans: a visual handbook on how to start your own band, how to dress like you're actually in a band, how to have a great amount of fun while doing so, and - yes - how to drink a lot of fucking Jameson.
Trace William Cowen
This Is A Wasteland will be released on November 25th via Fearless Records.