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Ever had one of those moments were you realize how much you adore a band and why you feel this way? I had one of these musical awakenings (for lack of a better phrase) earlier today. I've been a big fan of Canadian space rockers SIANspheric for some time now, but had forgotten how powerful their music can be. Watching the DVD portion of the group's latest offering, RGB, I was instantly reminded of just how fucking brilliant they are.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the band, SIANspheric and Sonic Unyon Records have released RGB - a retrospective DVD and an accompanying CD featuring some of the band's best work. The DVD contains a short "history" of the group which showcases several live performances. Beginning with an early Toronto concert we see the act "experimenting" with some unknown substances before taking the stage. The live footage that follows is highlighted with such glowing audience reactions as "it's so awful" and "uughノfuck." Afterwards guitarist Sean Ramsay comments on how it was the worst show the band had ever played. The DVD skips ahead to different points in SIAN's career, showing the band honing their craft and establishing themselves as one of Canada's most talented indie groups. Viewers are treated to material from each of the band's incarnations and the documentary ends with highlights from one of their shows with new singer CA Smith (Mayor McCa, Gorp). Smith's fantastic vocals and harmonica playing add an awesome new dynamic to the group's mind-altering, psychedelic gems and provides a glimpse of what the next decade has in store for the terribly underrated band.

The DVD also includes all of the group's music videos along with director and band commentary, two slightly strange short films that SIAN provided music for, and several 5.1 surround sound remixes of old and unreleased songs. The DVD is fun to watch for long-time followers, but the lack of information on the numerous pitfalls and tribulations the group have encountered over the last decade (these guys would have little trouble filling several VH1 "Behind The Music" specials), leaves newbies in the dark as to what has fueled the band's epic sonic excursions.

The CD portion of RGB is far more thorough, guiding listeners through each of the band's fantastic full-lengths. A previously unreleased track, a few demos and remixes, and a song that appeared on a small compilation add new material for those already in possession of the group's stellar back catalogue. Filled to the brim with blissful pop sounds, SIAN's beautiful waves of distortion and feedback bring to mind luminaries such as My Bloody Valentine and Spacemen 3 while forging an unforgettable path all their own. Listening to goose bump-inducing cuts such as "Rave On, Full On", "Tous Les Soirs", and "I Like The Ride" will leave you shaking your head wondering why SIANspheric haven't captured the world wide acclaim and recognition of their peers listed above.

reviewed by shawn
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