FILM: WATCHMEN: THE VERDICT
20 years in the making, the tangled production history of Watchmen is as fascinating as any film adaptation. Screenplays have been drafted by many hands over the years, including Sam Hamm who penned Tim Burton's Batman, most-fascinatingly Terry Gilliam who ultimately decided Watchmen should be apporached an epic mini-series, the director of The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky was in the pipeline for a while but he wished to update the 1980s setting in favour of dealing with modern conerns, and finally Paul Greengrass got well into pre-production, starting to put a cast together and even, allegedly, interviewing Simon Pegg about playing Rorschach.
Finally we have the cinematic version of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comic book series-cum-graphic novel under the directorial eye of Zack Snyder who, in my opinion, produced a successful if simple remake of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead and a very bland but pretty adaptation of Frank Miller's 300. Here he works from a script by X-Men writer David Hayter and Alex Tse that has managed to successfully condense much of the graphic novel's grand, wandering and multi-stranded story into a cinematic running time. It has 'controversially' (amongst fans) altered some aspects of the story's climax but, for me - having done a little post-film research - seems to make sense in a cine-literate kind of way.
Fearsome self styled "Shriekbeat" act KASMs are London-based Rachel Mary Callaghan, Gemma Fleet, Scott R. Walker and Rory Brattwell. All four members have been other bands: Rachel was the singer in spazzcore band Sin o the East, along with Rory on guitar; Gemma was in London based grunge-pop band Wolfie; Scott was in an ethnic/improv band called Aum Sahib and Rory was in quite a few bands, the most well known being short-lived NME favorites Test Icicles.
During their first year together they have played in New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan and toured the UK with contemporaries Televised Crimewave. They signed to Trouble Records (birthplace of acts such as Crystal Castles) in April 2008 with their first two singles 'Taxidermy' (which sold out all 2000 copies, touching number 12 in the charts) and the primal suggestions of recent single 'Bone You' convinced us that KASMS were a band to be reckoned with, At one moment grasping at the juddering Halloween punk of The Cramps, and allying it to the progressive aggression of Sonic Youth and shaking you out of your stupor.
GIITTV's Bill Cummings and Fliss Collier caught up with KASMs hypnotic front-woman Rachel Mary Callaghan who has been accused of making "assaults on photographers and members of the audience" (The Guardian, January 2009) for a chat about life in one of Britain's most propulsive new noisy bands.
Dananananaykroyd touring with the Kaiser chiefs: tour blog
During Jan and Feb of this year Scottish upstarts Dananananaykroyd took to stages supporting the Kaiser Chiefs across their Europe and Ireland dates, their drummer Paul Carlin kindly sent us his exclusive tour diary of what went down on this historic tour, remember what goes on on tour, stays on tour, well kind of.