Underoath

These days, it seems like nearly every band has a DVD—and in many cases, the end product feels more like an afterthought than a full-fledged release. Underoath guitarist Tim McTague wants to change that. “We wanted to do something different, so we came up with the idea to take a film crew on this entire tour and make it a real story instead of just taking out the camera when someone’s throwing up or being an idiot,” he explains, adding that the DVD will be shot in high-definition widescreen and include a live set that will be shot at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia later this month.

Although the band already released the DVD 777 earlier this year, McTague maintains that the band’s upcoming movie is already shaping up to be full of surprises. “Aaron [Gillespie] our drummer had to go home for a week to get an operation on his finger and we had to fly a drummer out that day and play a show that night,” he responds when asked about some of the most dramatic moments the crew has captured so far. “I think we have a serious artistic side to us, but we just never think to shoot that so we end up looking like jackasses all the time when in reality we’re not. We take our art and music really seriously and I really hope that this DVD will reflect that.”

In fact talking to McTague, it seems like the DVD—which the band are aiming to have out in March 2008 on Tooth And Nail Records—is as much of a documentary of life on the road as it is a chance for the band to clear up any misconceptions that their fans might have. “I think it’s really easy to come to a show and see two thousand fans, tour buses and crews and think that we’re just these dudes that get paid astronomical amounts of money to play music and then go home and live it up,” McTague explains. “In reality, I think people are going to see that we’re dudes who work really hard at everything and put a lot of thought into it. We have real wives, mortgages, and problems—and that’s something no one will ever see unless you’re on tour with us.”

So is there anything that’s going to be included on the disc that might make the band uncomfortable?

“Definitely,” McTague responds with a laugh. “In order for it to be an accurate representation people need to see us stressing out and fighting,” he continues. “There’s a whole business side to this too that know one knows about and I think this DVD will break it all down and make people realize that we’re just like them,” he finishes. “Our job is traveling around the country and playing music, but all the logistics stay the same.”