There is nothing more disappointing then discovering that your favorite band is going on hiatus. This was the feeling of many dedicated fans of The Starting Line in response to their announcement of an indefinite break after an eight year run of pop punk magic that created a cult following. The least they could do is leave their fans with one last token to hold onto for the present. In November the band released Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us, a live concert CD, DVD, and documentary DVD on a 2-disc set.
The Startling Line formed in 1999 in Pennsylvania, right outside of Philadelphia. Members Ken Vasoli, Matt Watts, Tom Gyskiewicz, Mike Golla, and Brian Schmutz have been a part of a group that truly defined the high school years for many less-commercial music fans around the country. With three Lps, two Eps, and hundreds upon hundreds of tour dates, it is no wonder the band will be extremely missed by the pop punk community. “The Best of Me,” a hit off the album Say It Like You Mean It (2002), has become nothing less than a pop-punk anthem.
The live concert DVD truly embraces the experience of watching this band perform live. Filmed in the band's home base of Philadelphia, the show comes across as extremely personal. The concert features an array of songs that span the band’s career, from “The Best of Me” to “Bedroom Talk” to the even more recent, “Something Left to Give.” Front man Ken Vasoli puts on a highly energetic and passionate show while remaining extremely gracious for the over-the-top enthusiasm from the fans.
The hour long documentary is basically a personal explanation from the band for their decision to go on hiatus. It follows the band during their final US tour in 2008. The documentary also traces the band’s rocky journey through different record labels as well as different career desires from individuals within the band. It offers a very real and honest look at the hardships that stem from trying to survive in such a ruthless industry. The DVD footage is presented in HD and Dolby 5.1 Digital Stereo,