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Apr072010

The Megas

 

Before I was a Nerdcore MC, I was first in a video game cover band.  For those of you who are unaware of this genre (and by the way, WTF?  You’re on this site after all, you should know this) it is basically the act of covering classic video game soundtracks with instruments such as guitars, drums, horns, and a theremin if you’re lucky.  Bands like the Minibosses, NESkimos, Powerglove, and the Advantage are all excellent examples and rock out with their proverbial 8-bit cocks out.   

The Megas definitely slot well into this crowd of cover artists.  They stick to a theme, Mega Man, and run with it better than most.  They separate themselves not only with their focus, however, but also with their eloquent harmonies.  Yes, unlike most of video game music, the Megas provide vocal story-telling amidst face-melting leads and powerfully poppy licks.  How does it work?  Well, I’m glad you just read that question I typed out loud so I can answer it for you.

This quartet managed to come with something very fresh to the idea of the Mega Man mythos.  What of the perspective from the point of view of the robots the Blue Bomber battles?  Are they simply two dimensional foes laying in wait for their enemy or do they have a deeper side?  Diving into the dark side of the digital, dastardly droids, they write a near rock-opera telling of the conflict and desires of these so-called villains.

They nail it.  Both lyrically and musically this band manages a stroke of genius with near every track.  Re-arranging the music to mesh pop sensibilities with true-to-form play of the original complexity the Megas make feet tap at every tap-on.  This is why they’re so accepted.  Normally lyrical video game covers fall flat or are balked against, but when done this well it can only be recognized as some of the best geek tunes a nerd can grow teary-eyed with nostalgic memories to.  Nay, this is just some of the crème de la crème of alternative pop music in general!

They’ve got three primary releases.  Get Equipped was their first full length album spanning all of Mega Man 2.  Some of the most exquisite tracks include Quickman’s theme and Airman’s theme.  They then, with the help of another act by the name of Entertainment System, nailed the first Mega Man soundtrack in Megatainment.  Just recently they released Get Acoustic, the unplugged version of their first release.  All of these are available on their website for purchase and recommended highly by anyone with the ability to hear music. 

I’ll close with this.  The only critic one might have of the Megas is their emo-influenced lyrics.  To this, I’ll counter.  The simple, earnest, and aggressively emotional tale of Mega Man 2’s circuit board bounded brothers is in contrast to the straight forward and shallow original narrative of the game.  In their re-telling they turn Mega Man from a great platforming title with an amazing soundtrack into something that almost has meaning.  The simplicity delivers blunt but meaningful emotion.  The easy-to-absorb phrasing sticks in the mind.  The music makes me smile.  It should make you smile.  Go check out these native Californians.  They inspired our track, Rockman Blues, and deserve all the credit that I can give for well produced, well thought out, well constructed, nerd music. 

Go to their website, seriously!



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