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Rebel Scum: The True Story of a Southern Punk Band
(The Dirty Works / DVD / NR / 2015 / Wild Eye Releasing)

Overview: The Bible Belt and Punk Rock collide in the most controversial documentary of the year, chronicling two years in the life of Knoxville white trash punk band The Dirty Works.

DVD Verdict: Taking it from the top, for those unaware, although that's probably a fairly high amount, The Dirty Works is an American punk rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee. Formed in 2004, the band's original line-up consisted of singer Christopher Scum guitarist Steven Crime, bassist 'Shaggy', and drummer B. Riot.

Remarkably enough, their debut album, Frogwater Injection, managed to sell over 400 copies (via 'official' CD-R, available from the band), despite not being formally released. The band soon became known for their live performances, which typically featured blood and self-abuse! Primarily orchestrated by lead singer, Christopher Scum, he soon became known for his purportedly cathartic on-stage antics: such as beating himself with a pair of brass knuckles attached to his microphone!

Yup, welcome to the world of The Dirty Works, the Knoxville white trash punk band that truly, and always, put the blood into the giving-it-all-on-stage phrase of Blood, Sweat and Tears! 'Rebel Scum: The True, Twisted Story of a Southern Punk Band' chronicles two years in the life of the band around the timeframe of 2006-2008.

Indeed, the band were releasing their second album, Biscuits and Liquor in 2006, so 'Rebel Scum: The True, Twisted Story of a Southern Punk Band' - which was produced by Atlanta-based company Worldstorm Art Labs - and it is truly a violent, volatile, bloody captured time capsule snap shot of a really hard-working band, at its core. As the narrator announces from the off, "God and Man square off in the American South in the most controversial documentary of the year" and man, he couldn't have hit the nail more square on the head.

"We are the most dangerous rock and roll band on the planet," says one of the band members, close up and personal to the camera, and it's hard (after having watched this film) to argue with him. I mean, even the audiences they bring together slam into each other, head but each other, spill their own blood on the dance floor under the guise of "having a great time supporting their heroes"! Chock full of sub-plots that involve mental illnesses, bad relationships, and general dysfunction, let alone varying addictions, at times 'Rebel Scum: The True, Twisted Story of a Southern Punk Band' doesn't know whether it wants to praise The Dirty Works or slam it.

After two years of filming, the movie finally premiered to a private Knoxville audience in January 2010. Despite a flurry of positive reviews from those present on the night, in the years that followed the film had still not received either a theatrical or a digital release. But thanks now to Wild Eye Releasing, the documentary centered on self-destructive frontman Christopher Scum is now out on DVD. Check it out for yourself, if you dare! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Music Video
Atlanta Premiere
NPR Coverage
The Making of Rebel Scum