Synopsis by Nathan Southern
The hardcore punk band H2O traveled a highly unusual path from obscurity to superstardom. In the early nineties, Toby Morse - then a roadie for Lou and Pete Koller's Sick of it All - started occasionally performing the tune "My Love is Real" just prior to the Kollers' concerts. This (unofficial) warm-up act hooked crowds - not simply on the basis of the number itself, but thanks to Morse's raw and obvious ability. Spectators practically insisted that Morse spin off his own band; he subsequently teamed with Rusty Pistachio, Eric Rice and Max Capshaw to form H2O. The group became notorious for its ability to maintain the visceral throes traditional hardcore, yet combine it with melodic hooks. It subsequently released four seminal albums: the self-titled 1996 debut, the 1997 Thicker than Water, the 1999 F.T.T.W., and 2001's Go. Billed on the group's website as "the ultimate H2O DVD," the home video release H2O: One Life, One Chance incorporates the full 2005 10-year anniversary performance at Manhattan's Knitting Factory, with well over twenty songs including "Scene Report," "Spirit of '84," "I Know Why," "Friend," and many more. It also packs in the full-length home video of "F.T.T.W.," interviews with band members, live road footage, candid glimpses of the band recording their first two EPs in the studio, all of H2O's promo videos, and more.