"BUSTED CIRCUITS AND RINGING EARS"
DVD Review by Joe
Seattle–based TAD was
one of those bands that never made it big
commercially, but influenced many other much more notable bands such as
Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney with their heavy, ringing–loud style
of grungy metal.
Circuits And Ringing Ears" marks the debut
DVD release (MVD Visual) for the power trio that helped kick start the
Seattle grunge scene in the late 80’s, telling the story of their rise
through the club scene and into the arena spotlight, before a string of
bad luck and circumstances forced their ultimate demise.
For a band that wasn’t the most technically sound musically, Tad Doyle
(guitar/vocals), Kurt Danielson (bass/vocals) and Steve Welde (drums)
more than made up for any technical deficiencies with volume, feedback
and attitude, combining gut–wrenching rhythms with demented, punky
lyrics (not to mention the chain saw!) that put forth a raw power that
made this band at one point early on, more popular than Nirvana in the
This documentary offers a well–rounded view of the
band including live footage going back to their early club gigs, behind
the scene clips (how about Doyle strapped to a chair on the roof of a
highway–bound station wagon!) and various interviews with not only band
members but other artists they influenced such as Krist Novoselic of
Nirvana and Kim Thayil of Soundgarden.
For anyone who has so indulged themselves in the stripped–down grunge rock scene that
enveloped Seattle in the late 80’s before taking the world by storm in
the early 90’s, you need to check out a band that helped lay the ground
work for such world wide successes. Tad set the sonic pace and helped
create the platform for which bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and
Mudhoney could dive into the mosh pit.