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November 16, 2018

PURE ROCKIN’ NIGHT AT DUBLIN’S BUTTON FACTORY

Your Weekly Music Fix

Chase the River Which Way

TRACK OF THE WEEK

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ello and welcome to PureMzine, weekly music news magazine. Each week our publication will bring you all the latest music news and the odd movie review from our contributors. Our weekly music video chart has become even bigger, with the inclusion of the PureMzine #100, that’s one hundred music videos featured each week in the magazine from artists all across the world. I hope you enjoy this week's edition, thank you! Editor -

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TOP 20 IRISH Official Music Video Chart

Hozier - Movement Picture This - One Drink Dermot Kennedy - Power Over Me Derek Ryan & Lisa McHugh - Honey Honey Evamore - One More Yard Curtis Walsh - Perfect Rain ROCSTRONG - CHING CHING CHING Jack Lukeman/National Children's Choir - Starman Sina Theil - Travelin' Soldier LAOISE - Again SIIGHTS - Broke It With Me Sina Theil - Since you’ve gone to heaven Ushmush - Grá Mór Graham Sweeney - Paddy Song Bitch Falcon Prime Number Corner Boy - Moira (Under the Pale Moonlight) Active - Lobotomy New Valley Wolves - Aloe Vera Gilbert O'Sullivan - 'I'll Never Love Again' Fjokra - Sugarface (ft. Annie Bea)

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TOP 10 Global

Acoustic/Live Music Video Chart 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Marshmello ft. Bastille - Happier Jess Glynne x Ed Sheeran - Thursday Rita Ora - Let You Love Me Dodie - If I'm Being Honest Passenger -V He Leaves You Cold VULFPECK /// Lonely Town (ft. Theo Katzman) Nine Inch Nails - Ahead of Ourselves Michael Patrick Kelly - iD ft. Gentleman Kesha - Here Comes The Change Dermot Kennedy - Power Over Me

TOP 10 Global

Audio/Lyrics Music Video Chart

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Post Malone, Swae Lee - Sunflower Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK - Kiss and Make Up David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin - Say My Name Cardi B - Money Ariana Grande - thank u, next Imagine Dragons - Machine Imagine Dragons - Bad Liar ZAYN - Fingers James Arthur - Empty Space Khalid - Vertigo 04


PureMzine HOT 100

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100 top music videos on PureMzine. Videos are added daily as artists upload to their channels and videos one month old from release date are removed. Keep an eye on the live chart via PureMzine.com

Travis Scott - SICKO MODE ft. Drake Anuel AA - Ella Quiere Beber ft. Romeo Santos CNCO, Prince Royce - Llegaste Tú Little Mix - Woman Like Me ft. Nicki Minaj Karol G, Maluma - Créeme C. Tangana, Becky G - Booty EXO 엑소 'Tempo' Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - I'll Never Love Again Jason Derulo/David Guetta - Goodbye ft. Nicki Minaj/Willy William Billie Eilish - when the party's over Jennifer Lopez & Bad Bunny - Te Guste Ariana Grande - breathin Shawn Mendes, Zedd - Lost In Japan Anitta - Veneno Halsey - Without Me Clean Bandit - Baby ft. Marina & Luis Fonsi Imagine Dragons - Zero Migos ATL/Takeoff - Last Memory Kris Wu - November Rain Joyner Lucas - I Love Slipknot - All Out Life Cher Lloyd - None Of My Business Lil Wayne - Uproar ft. Swizz Beatz Zara Larsson - Ruin My Life Anitta - Não Perco Meu Tempo 06


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Wisin & Yandel - Reggaetรณn en lo Oscuro Jonas Blue, Liam Payne, Lennon Stella - Polaroid Shawn Mendes - "Youth" ft. Khalid Backstreet Boys - Chances Shakira - Nada Anitta - Goals Benny blanco & Calvin Harris - I Found You ROSALรA - DI MI NOMBRE Kane Brown - Good as You Lauren Jauregui - Expectations A$AP Rocky - Fukk Sleep ft. FKA twigs Carly Rae Jepsen - Party For One Martin Garrix feat. Mike Yung - Dreamer The Black Eyed Peas - DOPENESS ft. CL BHAD BHABIE feat. YG - "Juice" Lil Xan - SLOPE Khalid - Better Jackson Wang - Different Game ft. Gucci Mane Anne-Marie - Perfect To Me Lady Gaga - Always Remember Us This Way Calum Scott - No Matter What James Arthur - Empty Space Chris Lane - I Don't Know About You Gabbie Hanna - Monster CIARA - DOSE 07


Hozier is the first Irish artist to break into the PureMzine 100, he currently sits at #86 with his latest release ‘Movement’.

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The Chainsmokers - This Feeling ft. Kelsea Ballerini Marshmello - Together Andrea Bocelli - If Only ft. Dua Lipa ECKO - ICE Shawn Mendes, Zedd - Lost In Japan (REMIX) Kash Doll - Ice Me Out Pentatonix - Weather Andrea Bocelli - Fall On Me H.E.R. - Could've Been ft. Bryson Tiller Olly Murs - Moves ft. Snoop Dogg Pistol Annies - Got My Name Changed Back Rich The Kid - Mo Paper ft. YG Brandi Carlile - Party Of One ft. Sam Smith Major Lazer - Blow That Smoke (Ft. Tove Lo) Cheryl - Love Made Me Do It MUSE - Algorithm George Ezra - Hold My Girl BABYMETAL - Starlight KEY 키 'Forever Yours (Ft. 소유)' Kany García, Residente - Banana Papaya Poo Bear - Shade ft. Elvana Gjata Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee - Close To Me Sigrid - Sucker Punch Poppy - X Vice & Jason Derulo – Make Up (ft. Ava Max) 08


PureMzine HOT 100

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Too $hort - Only Dimes ft. G-Eazy, The-Dream Mumford & Sons - Guiding Light Good Charlotte - Self Help Maggie Rogers - Light On Justine Skye - Build ft. Arin Ray Bugzy Malone - Done His Dance Marc E. Bassy - Love Her Too ft. G-Eazy Kane Brown - Baby Come Back to Me Ruel - Not Thinkin' Bout You Major Lazer - Blow That Smoke (Ft. Tove Lo) Hozier - Movement Madison Beer - Hurts Like Hell (ft. Offset) MK, Jonas Blue, Becky Hill - Back & Forth Moneybagg Yo - OKAY ft. Future SKEPTA - PURE WATER Astrid S - Emotion Little Dragon - Lover Chanting Galantis - Emoji YUNGBLUD - Kill Somebody Bazzi - Dreams MUSE - Blockades MihTy, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign - Goin Thru Some Thangz Jay Critch - Try It ft. French Montana, Fabolous MUSE - Break It To Me Moneybagg Yo - Say Na ft. J. Cole 09


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Button Factory Review 11/11/18 by Sean Coyle

unday Nights are supposed to be boring right? They are supposedly filled with the dreaded fear of the working week ahead‌ Well, this past Sunday was an acceptation and all in the name of rock 'n' roll. What happens when up and coming rock enthusiasts meet rock elite? An explosion that’s what happens. Waiting to get into the Button Factory venue on a chilly damp winters night, and noticing the anticipation from fans of all ages was warm, with musings of old rock and roll anecdotes and abounding grand expectations. Opening for Chris Slade of AC/DC fame was Skyfever. The Dublin based group are no

strangers to Pure M and the energy was high. The rebirth of cool could happen in Dublin and Skyfever are helping this process to the fore. 'I Got a Feeling' opened the set with a resounding crescendo setting pulses alight, segueing into 'Get Out' (the first single from the bands 2018 E.P. Rear View Mirror) this could be the best rock anthem to launch a release this year. When performed live the song works to wonderful effect. The infectious guitar melody resonates every time. 'Inside the Fury' followed and the guitar solo at the end synched and complimented the rest of the band as this kicker of a song rises and rises to an explosion of sonic quality. 10

'Kings' was the next tune and kept the gig flowing, pumping the atmosphere up a notch. The Highlight for me was the performance of two new songs 'Where Wild Things Grow' and 'Master and the Slave' these songs have a gothic quality but the base of a good structure and clean guitar lines with rumbling drum and bass parts that set the atmospheric tone with a shot popping ending. 'Where Wild Things Grow' has a jaunty almost talk-boxelectro quality that augments the melody to the hilt, the dark eerie feeling of the song adds a dimension to the band that will hopefully be discovered further with future releases. 'Americana Flame' was also a fantastic highlight. Lead Singer


Luke Lang’s voice sprawled and scaled the Button Factory walls throbbing the crowd’s hearts and minds. Brian Clarke and Tyson Harding revved it up to the hilt bringing the atmosphere to a notch that could have torn the roof off the place especially on Burning Hearts. Ciaran O’Brien on Bass and Karl Hand on Drums excelled too and augmented the sound with a quality that gelled the complete presentation together in sonic pleasure as is always the case, but the group seem to be getting stronger with the live act. 'The Game' closed the set and left the fans reeling for more, ending explosively just as the gig started. Skyfever was in

exceptional form and transcended a melodic charm that rock can and should contain. All in all, they were on fire. Good music still exists with Skyfever.

The Chris Slade Timeline

Out with new and in with the old…well, sort of. Chris Slade and his band took to the stage and rocked on to great

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precision. They performed all the old AC/DC numbers to great delight (Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Thunderstruck) as well as some great covers the best being Tom Jones classic Delilah and Bruce Springsting’s Blinded by the Light (a song popularised by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band whom Slade was also a member of in the 70’s). Chris Slade was in fine form and the musicians were great adding a certain quality and atmosphere a younger act cannot progress, the guitar soared the drums beat to the hilt and the singing was brilliant, the anecdotes were classic. Nostalgia is also another great factor in live music now and if artists are still willing to slug it out on the road…and why not? At 72, Chris Slade can drum and sing with the rest of them. The Stones may still sell out stadiums but give me a smaller venue any day. In fine voice and rocking like a maniac, Slade proves you can ride that highway for years (Who says Sunday nights and rock don’t mix?) The set was structured and concise and very much a crowd pleaser, it was fun, full of stories and rocked on like a power wheel in motion. Slade was kind enough to pose for pictures and sign autographs for fans and friends alike… He may be the last gentleman of rock and roll.


TRACK OF THE WEEK

Chase the River Which Way

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by Dave Simpson

ronted by Northern Irish artist Stuart Lunn, Belfast-based folk rock act Chase the River has been bouncing around the scene for the better part of half a decade now and in that time has succeeded in spawning a sizable assortment of acclaimed material as well as putting on a plethora of well-received shows on both sides of the Atlantic and winning a nomination for “Best Irish Act” at our very own Pure M Awards in 2015. Most recently though, Lunn unveiled an enlivening new single that’s said to deal with the existentialism of life in the 21st century and the absurdities witnessed in modern society. Recorded at Snug Records recording studio in North Carolina and titled “Which Way”, it commences with a captivatingly cool riff which establishes a stirring atmosphere ahead of the

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hushed but haunting harmony of the mellow introductory verse. The music and melody grow considerably more vigorous going into the grippingly energetic first chorus, after which the torch is passed to another alluringly light stanza. The ambience remains affecting moving forward from here as the whole thing trots thoughtfully towards an enticingly pleasant yet powerful instrumental exhibition that starts at the end of third minute and goes on to guide the proceedings to a suitably introspective stopping point. The result is a remarkably moving and amiable folk rock offering from Chase the River that’s full of feeling and fervour. Its accessible combination of cordial yet impactful instrumentation and engrossingly slick and spirited vocals is likely to seduce a large listenership.


O Emperor release new video

Having written, recorded and performed together for the best part of 15 years, O Emperor released their third and final studio album, Jason, on November 2, 2018. They release a brand new video for 'Richard's Dream' taking from their final album, Jason. The band play their two final shows, Dali, Cork November 16 (with Laurie Shaw & the Swamp People) and Project, Waterford November 23 (with Laurie Shaw & the Swamp People) Vinyl copies of the album available at the shows.

Birmingham Rockers Coast To Coast Release New StrippedBack Video Playlist

Hot on the heels of releasing their EP, Coast To Coast have unveiled an acoustic video playlist. The 3-track session was hosted by their label Fox Records, with vocalist Kieran Hyland saying: "We had a lot of fun recording the acoustic tracks...we wanted to show a

different side to our band." 2 of the songs performed are recent singles from their extended player, completed by Josh Taylor on Rhythm Guitar, Zak Taylor on Bass and Jake Oseland on Drums, Coast To Coast are a band to watch for 2019.

Deidre & the Dark unveils single "Bad Day"

Brooklyn-based group Deidre & the Dark share a new single "Bad Day," the latest release off their newly announced album, Variety Hour. Having started Deidre & the Dark as a creative side project during her time as founding member & frontwoman of Brooklyn band Savoir Adore, Deidre delicately balances farcical-fun and drama. Her theatrical performances have been showcased at her Brooklyn-based curated event series, as well as shows with the likes of Alex Winston, X Ambassadors, Gin Wigmore, and Joywave.

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Miya Folick debuts new version of “Thingamajig”

Rising songwriter and vocalist Miya Folick debuts her video for a new version of “Thingamajig”. The new video, directed by Matt Hoffman and featuring choreography by Sarah C. Prinz, features an alternative piano and vocals version of the song. Of the new version Folick says, “We wanted to make a version of “Thingamajig” that distilled it down to its core.” Raised in Santa Ana, CA, Los Angelesbased recording artist and performer Miya Folick first rose to public attention with her 2015 debut EP, Strange Darling,

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Feed The Kid & Cleargreen Drop Epic New Singles Building on the warm reception of their debut single 'Strange Times', Manchester's Feed The Kid announce the release of 'Achilles Heel'. Taking their inspiration from artists such as Gorillaz, Radiohead & Rag & Bone Man. FTK Feed The Kid came to life in early 2018 after Curtis Taylor and Ciaran Egan drafted two new members; Andy Fletcher (Bass) and Thomas May into their perviously named project, 'Feed The Kid'. Writing and recording throughout the Spring and Summer at MMB Studios in Manchester's Northern Quarter,

the newly formed group of individuals set out to express their concern of the distinct lack of morals in today's modern society, and voice those opinions within their music. Achilles Heel will be released on November 23rd. Cleargreen is powered by the formidable song writing partnership of Ali Staley (vocals/guitar) and Liam McIver (vocals/bass) alongside two of the North West's most complete musicians in Josh Haworth (lead guitar) and Mike Wilcox (drums). The band was created by Ali and has since seen a few line up 15

changes. The dynamic of the band completely changed in 2016 when Liam came into the fold through recommendation of mutual friends and took on some of the song writing duties, giving the band two times the ammo. 2018 has seen the addition of Josh and Mike and this line up is the most solid it's ever been. Mike offers the band an uncompromising backbone, while Josh adds tremendous amounts of style and flair to their songs. The epic new single 'Gone' will be released on November 17th.


Hard rock outfit MINDRIOTmt welcomes new drummer Award winning Cork based hard rock outfit MINDRIOTmt officially welcomed Cobh native Jamie Stanton as drummer in the bands new lineup. This comes after last Fridays announcement that founding member and drummer Steve Bartak decided to step away from the band due to an ongoing hand injury. The new line up are due to begin recording the bands 2nd album shortly with a release date probable for March 2019 along with a list of tour dates.


Archie Faulks releases 'Blackout' video

Archie Faulks has shared the video for his new single 'Blackout'. 'Blackout' follows the release of Archie's debut single 'It Rains' earlier this year. The release led Archie to sell out his debut headline show at London's Servant Jazz Quarters, and also saw him taken out on European tours with Rue Royale where he played three shows in Holland & Isaac Gracie where he performed four dates in Germany. He has also just played his very first live dates in the US and played two sold out shows in New York last week. Archie has further live announcement to follow soon.

The Slow Readers Club share video for 'On The TV'

Manchester four-piece The Slow Readers Club have shared the video for their new single, 'On The TV', ahead of their sold out headline tour next month which will see the band play the biggest shows of their career so far. The video blends brooding and atmospheric imagery with a mysterious narrative, cut between shots of the band performing the track in a TV studio. Set against the driving and anthemic track, the video creates an unnerving ambience

to match its anxious lyricism. The video's director, Chris Croft, explains: "As we naively wander through the world each day a barrage of opinions, agendas and messages rain down on us. I imagine all The Slow Readers Club music videos I've made to date to exist in the same near-future postapocalyptic world. 'On The TV' is Lucca's perspective on that world, as he tunes in to see a performance from the band, broadcast from their TV station bunker. The 17

ending is intended for the viewer to bring their own interpretation, in our world it often feels like there's an outside element in control - just waiting to lead us away." The track is taken from the band's new album, Build A Tower, which was released in May this year and went straight into the Official UK album chart Top 20 at number 18, 10 in the physical album chart, 4 in the vinyl chart, 4 in the indie album chart and Number 1 in the cassette chart.


TOP 10 IRISH

Audio/Lyrics Music Video Chart

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Orla Gartland - Between My Teeth Leo Dynamic1 - 'Run & Hide' Ft. Micah All Tvvins - Infinite Swim Daithi - Orange (ft. Sinead White) Sinead O’Connor - One More Yard The Redneck Manifesto - Djin Chin Van Morrison - Spirit Will Provide O Emperor - Effort 1000 Beasts - Trust Me (ft. Marybeth) The Winter Flood - Fire It Up

Louise Distras releases new single 'Street Revolution'

Louise Distras has returned, announcing the forthcoming release of her Street Revolution EP and sharing the video for the brand-new rabble rousing title track, which is out now. Louise describes the track as "A rallying anthem for the new underground movement of working class kids, rising together through music to fight for their future."

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SPICE GIRLS TO OPEN 2019 STADIUM TOUR AT CROKE PARK

"We are beyond excited to be reuniting next year for a stadium tour! Bringing girl power and our message of friendship and love back to the stage feels more relevant than ever. We hope everyone can join us for one big Spice Girls party!"

With tickets going on sale last Saturday morning for the Spice Girls 2019 stadium tour as they added a staggering five additional dates in quick succession over the weekend, and now with nearly all dates already sold out, the girls announce another new date kicking off the tour at Dublin's Croke Park on Friday May 24, 2019, tickets for which go on sale on Thursday November 22, at 9am. Subject to licence. UK's Ticketmasterv MD Andrew Parsons said, "Demand for Spice Girls was off the chart. They have smashed through Ticketmaster UK's records becoming the busiest ever sale. There were millions of people on our site searching for tickets, with a queue at one point of well over 700,000....from what we saw, they could have played nearly every night for a year."


FILM REVIEW

WIDOW

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by Tommy McCormack

unger and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen further expands his already impressive directorial range with this crime-thriller, which comes with a timely, head-turning plot hook: an all-female criminal group heist. Based on a 1980s ITV series with a similar premise, the title refers to the characters' widowed status, having lost their criminal husbands in a job gone explosively wrong in the film's opening, leaving the women indebted to the crime boss that the men stole from. The plan revolves around a mayoral election in Chicago, which entails some additional, noticeable political undercurrents in the story. One would be forgiven, based on the trailers, for expecting a testosteronefuelled (oestrogen-themed) popcorn thriller, and certain viewers may be disappointed- or relieved depending on their expectations -to realise that this is not exactly that type of film. Yes, there are tense set-pieces, helped by a hard-hitting sound design that emphasises the blast of every gunshot and the painful cracks of every injury. But McQueen, when he took on the project, clearly had something deeper, more character-driven and more resonant in mind than just another heistthriller. If anything, this is a crime-drama with thriller elements. The plot unfolds like a multi-stranded ensemble piece, following not just the women, but the extraneous criminal and political players involved as well. Admittedly, this does leave the film, which is at its strongest when focusing on the 'widows', somewhat scattered, sluggish and uneven in places. Colin Farrell's politician's subplot often feels like a tangent, serving the

political US backdrop more than the story or the pacing, as if imported from a different film. Other supporting players, like Cynthia Ervo's athletic Belle, will only feel relevant in hindsight. Thankfully, there is not a single bad performance among the entire cast, so each individual scene has something to offer in terms of drama, tension or unexpected levity, even if the film as a whole could have perhaps benefitted from a tighter edit. The loose pacing allows room for characterisation, and screenwriter Gillian Flynn (yes, the Gone Girl author) ensures that each character, good or bad, has a degree of humanity, if not vulnerability, preventing them from being crime-genre archetypes. These are characters who have lives that exist outside of the central plot, which grants them added depth and real-world verisimilitude. This allows Widows to pull off that enviable crime-drama-screenplay trick of keeping the audience invested despite, on reflection, lacking any true heroes, instead focusing on either 20


violent thugs or desperate players living in moral grey zones. Admittedly, the film is not as sure of itself as McQueen's other work. While he strives for a real-world feeling in his setting and in Flynn's characters, the plot still, in retrospect, is not without clichĂŠ or plot-holes. It is unclear what exactly if anything, the film is trying to say in its depiction of contemporary issues (class, race, corruption, etc.). McQueen tries to tease out themes wherever he can find them as they relate to the plot (grief, underdog-aspirations, etc.), not just politically as if attempting to elevate what could have been just another heist film. He succeeds overall, though the collective takeaway, in terms of message and substance, is somewhat vague. At the very least, this succeeds very much as an 'actor's film'. Viola Davis, who is the closest this has to a lead character, is her typical powerhouse self, combining vulnerability with

ferocity, Fast and Furious' Michelle Rodriguez is arguably at her career-best and Elizabeth Debicki's dim socialite is an amusing scenestealer. Daniel Kaluuya's thug and Robert Duvall's patriarch also steal scenes, as well as other bitplayers whose full contributions would be a spoiler. There are bound to be some future awardnominees in there somewhere. McQueen may have veered more mainstream in his directorial execution since his earlier, more artful films like Hunger, but he still has some interesting shooting and editing choices (e.g. growing hints of character backstory rather than an initial exposition-dump) that remind you of his distinctive presence. Even if Widows does not scale the heights that his fans, or the Academy, may have expected of him based on past form, it is still an impressive addition to his growing list of increasingly diverse works, with plenty of talent both in front of and behind the camera to please audiences. 21


FILM REVIEW

They Shall Not Grow Old

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by Tommy McCormack

here are plenty of World War I documentaries out there to be watched right now to commemorate the Armistice Centenary of November 2018. Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old, however, goes further than any one of them so far when it comes to telling it, as best as possible, through the eyes of the soldiers themselves, or at least the British ones. When it begins, one would assume that it is going to be another lecture-like retelling with black-and-white archive footage and overlaid narration. But at around the 30-minute mark, the film shifts to the revolutionary presentational style of displaying the 1914-1918 footage in technicolour, thanks to a new colourisation process that Jackson and his team have employed. It is worth knowing this in advance, as it is this that will be the main hook for most audiences, and one could argue that those first 30 minutes should have been colourised too order to hook people from the off. Colour now allows viewers to feel eerily close to the events of WWI than they have with arguably any other documentary thus far. The overall portrayal is not a subjectively rosetinted nor condemnatory one, but one that tries to be as objective as possible, an attempted as-it-was sensory reconstruction. The solemn reflection on 22

the dark side of conflict is an honest, organic one that is not shoved down viewers' throats. They will not be spared the grisly details, so those with weak stomachs should be wary- especially now that things can be finally seen in colour. The film tracks the general, chronological experiences of the British soldiers, from registration to basic training, to the horrors of trench warfare on the front lines and, finally, to war's end, after the 1918 Armistice. It is the men who narrate the film, providing anecdotal exposition during corresponding footage clips. And yes, those are the actual soldiers you are hearing, their voices culled from over 600 hours of post-1918 archived interviews with over 200 veterans. The focus is narrow, historically and


politically speaking, by remaining centred on just the soldiers, but that is another deliberate means of hewing closer to their experiences from within the boundaries of their isolated world of service. Authentic sound-effects add another layer to the experience, from the squelch of mud under boots to the blast of gunfire. All of this combines for a viewing experience that may be merely interesting at first and grows more emotionally involving toward the end. The colourisation is admittedly surreal, particularly for skin tones, for there is a big difference between technicolour footage and black-and-white footage that has been colourised. One can give Jackson's team the benefit of the doubt, though, as they likely did the best they could with what they had. 23

In a time when WWI is being reflected upon within broad, deep, opinionated historical analysis, They Shall... provides something of a reality-check by not only zeroing in on those who were there but going the extra mile to mentally bring audiences "there" as well. Jackson has delivered not only another addition to the list of worthy WWI documentaries but (take note, schools...) one of the most vital WWI pieces in years when it comes to one's historical understanding and perspective. Chances are that most will catch it on the small screen, as its limited theatrical run will likely be winding down by the time this review is published. A shame, because the cinema environment focuses one's attention more. Be sure to catch it anyway.


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