Pistol Whip’s “Terminal” is actually a pretty cool collection of multiple things. Included on the two discs there are unearthed 7’’ records from the seventies, old shows, reunion shows, posters and interviews from the band itself. I was unfamiliar with Pistol Whip when I picked up this album and it was helpful that the album does an audio walk-through as the CD goes on. It was like listening to a biography with songs in between, explaining how they came to be rediscovered over thirty years later.
The music on the album is a good example of the early days of punk on the rise. Pistol Whip is definitely a band that could have held their own with the likes of The Clash and The Sex Pistols. In between each set of songs, there is a tutorial telling the origins of what they were and what order they were released in. Overall the album portion of the two discs is pretty cool.
The DVD goes much more in depth about the band and how they were basically a black mark on Erie, Pennsylvania as their first punk band. It delves into their beginnings as a glam rock band and their evolution into the youth threatening band they would soon become.
For fans of Pistol Whip, I suggest picking this up based purely on the nostalgia factor, but for people who have never heard of them, it is always cool to learn a little bit about former punk acts and how it all began. It is a little pricey, but you have to keep in mind the fact that it is a full out CD/DVD rom. All in all, it is interesting, but not something that is absolutely essential to your CD collection. [By: Dave Quaile]
Release Date: November 17, 2009