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Working Class Rock Star: New Trailer, Screening Details
November 9, 2008
Music industry documentary, 'Working Class Rock Star', comes to DVD in North America this week, on November 11th. It can be ordered or rented online at any major retailer, or picked up in store (sales links and info follow at bottom).

An alternate “metal-driven” trailer for the film has just surfaced online, which can be viewed below, as well as on Myspace. The original trailer can also be viewed both below, and on Myspace as well.

Additionally, a free screening of the film is taking place on November 14th as part of the Rokumentti Film Festival in Joensuu, Finland:
http://www.rokumentti.com/2008/english/programme.php

Selected Sale Links:
Amazon
Blockbuster
Netflix

For additional details on the film please visit it’s official site:
http://www.workingclassrockstar.com
 
 
 
 
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'Working Class Rock Star' Screenings Confirmed
October 7, 2008
'Working Class Rock Star', directed by Justin McConnell, is a documentary focusing on the Music Industry through the eyes of the artists. McConnell has stated that the inspiration for the film came from his work with Dog Fashion Disco. While creating two DVDs for the Maryland band - 'DFDVD' and 'The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore' - he started to form the basis for what is now the film.

The synopsis for the film is as follows: "The music industry is changing, record sales are down, artists are making less money, and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before working for years just to receive even the tiniest drop of success. Following the lives and careers of Tub Ring, Bloodshoteye, and 3 Mile Scream, with supporting interviews from major players in the heavy music scene, this documentary sheds light on why some bands never make it and why the ones that break realize only too soon that life on a label is only the beginning of their troubles.

The film was shot between June 2005 - June 2007, capturing a two year period in the careers of each of the 3 main bands. The creation of the film was taken on in the spirit of a band trying to make and sell an album at this level of the industry.

The film will be playing in select cities leading up to it’s November 11th DVD release. The official website www.workingclassrockstar.com will announce them as they become official, but two screening dates are now locked in:

October 8 – Portland, Oregon – Clinton Street Theater (7pm & 9pm)
November 14 – 16 – Joensuu, Finland – Rokumentti Film Festival

Coming soon online: an exclusive web-only mini documentary will be posted, including footage not included on the DVD release. Keep checking back for more details.
 
 
 
 
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'Working Class Rock Star' DVD Special Features Announced
August 12, 2008
The special features on the 'Working Class Rock Star' DVD have been announced. An additional 90 minutes in all, including: "Pit Files" - a bonus short documentary on the mosh pit culture, extended & deleted scenes, 7 music videos and a lot more. Pre-orders are now available through www.workingclassrockstar.com, and come with a bonus DVD while supplies last.

Additionally, touring screenings of the film will be scheduled across North America in the coming months. Please keep checking the "events" page of the website for details as they become available.

'Working Class Rock Star', directed by Justin McConnell, is a documentary focusing on the Music Industry through the eyes of the artists. McConnell has stated that the inspiration for the film came from his work with Dog Fashion Disco. While creating two DVDs for the Maryland band - 'DFDVD' and 'The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore' - he started to form the basis for what is now the film.

The synopsis for the film is as follows: "The music industry is changing, record sales are down, artists are making less money, and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before working for years just to receive even the tiniest drop of success. Following the lives and careers of Tub Ring, Bloodshoteye, and 3 Mile Scream, with supporting interviews from major players in the heavy music scene, this documentary sheds light on why some bands never make it and why the ones that break realize only too soon that life on a label is only the beginning of their troubles.

The film was shot between June 2005 - June 2007, capturing a two year period in the careers of each of the 3 main bands. The creation of the film was taken on in the spirit of a band trying to make and sell an album at this level of the industry.

For more information, visit www.workingclassrockstar.com.
 
 
 
 
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Working Class Rock Star DVD Release Date Announced
July 6, 2008
Unstable Ground has just signed a North American distribution deal with Cinema Epoch to release 'Working Class Rock Star' in stores all over the continent! The feature-loaded DVD will hit stores everywhere on November 11, 2008. You should be able to pre-order the DVD from your favorite retailer a couple of months before then. Check back for some exciting promotion and regional screenings before the release date. In the meantime, you can check out the trailer below.

'Working Class Rock Star', directed by Justin McConnell, is a documentary focusing on the Music Industry through the eyes of the artists. McConnell has stated that the inspiration for the film came from his work with Dog Fashion Disco. While creating two DVDs for the Maryland band - 'DFDVD' and 'The City Is Alive Tonight...Live in Baltimore' - he started to form the basis for what is now the film.

The synopsis for the film is as follows:

"The music industry is changing, record sales are down, artists are making less money, and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before working for years just to receive even the tiniest drop of success. Following the lives and careers of Tub Ring, Bloodshoteye, and 3 Mile Scream, with supporting interviews from major players in the heavy music scene, this documentary sheds light on why some bands never make it and why the ones that break realize only too soon that life on a label is only the beginning of their troubles.

The film was shot between June 2005 - June 2007, capturing a two year period in the careers of each of the 3 main bands. The creation of the film was taken on in the spirit of a band trying to make and sell an album at this level of the industry.

For more information, visit www.workingclassrockstar.com.
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL
MEMBERS:
Kevin Gibson - Vocals
Trevor Erb - Bass
Rob Kleiner - Keyboards
Chris Wiken - Drums
Jeff Enokian - Guitar

Chicago's spazzed-out, high-energy rock ensemble TUB RING, who has always been an unpredictable and errant rock band when it comes to the music they create -- cater to no one when it comes to their music. Not even themselves.

Since their inception in 2001, Tub Ring has been a force of nature in the left-of-center world of music. Their debut album Drake Equation (produced by Mr. Bungle's Trey Spruance) helped showcase their musical makeup as a tornado of genres, mixing punk, classical, surf, a-capella, hard-core, pop, and whatever else crossed their path into one cohesive blend of rock. 

"There are very few labels Tub Ring would be comfortable working with," says keyboardist Rob Kleiner about signing with THE END RECORDS. "It'd be difficult to be on a genre exclusive label, or with a label that had bad taste in artists. We're excited to be with THE END RECORDS because they're as into exploring new boundaries in music as we are."

About the recording of the new album, he comments, "There were over 30 songs written for this album, but we're only going to put the most important 13 on the record.  It's going to be just as eclectic as ever, with a thick and layered production.  We want to make a big impression with this record because now being with THE END RECORDS our music will become exposed to a whole new audience."

The band also has taken an initiative to tour as much as they can each year. Over the years they have toured throughout the world with such bands as Mindless Self Indulgence, The Fully Down, Estradasphere, Wesley Willis, Dog Fashion Disco and Look What I Did. Their shows have become infamous for the chaotic frenzy and whirlwind-like energy.

Tub Ring has also made their mark outside of the music scene. They have been featured on Fox Sports, X-Box 360's "Amp Snow Boarder 3", various MTV/MTV2 programs, Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation films and several Mt. Dew commercials. Most recently, Tub Ring played live in the TRL room on MTV2 and was featured in the MTV reality-based contest show "Dew Circuit Breakout".

With their creative energy on hyper-drive Tub Ring is ready to take things to the next level in 2007 with their debut for THE END RECORDS! Get ready to be swept up in Tub Ring's wild ride!