Unfortunately I was unable to attend this years Nerdapalooza, but luckily for me, immediately after that the PVP Tour stopped in my town. The PVP Tour included Brentalfloss, Random Encounter, The OneUps and The Protomen. This was quite the lineup of Video Game rock and a steal at 10 bucks!
Brentalfloss was hosting the event. He played a few of his songs. You will see a portion of his Tetris song in the video below. He also did something really awesome with crowd participation. Basically, he had a mad lib about a certain afternoon cartoon where the crowd had to choose nouns, verbs, and the like. You know how mad libs work. Anyway, what we got was the Pokemon Theme song filled with trolls, dicks, porking, and skull fucking. It was truly magical. A friend of mine recorded that bit, so as soon as it’s ready I will update everyone to check it out.
Random Encounter took the stage and blew me away. I must admit, hearing their stuff online and seeing them live are two different experiences. Their live performance was amazing. The hot bass player didn’t hurt either. They opened with the Mortal Kombat theme which led into a Legend of Zelda medley. When they started Song of Storms, the crowd went CRAZY! I mean, if you are going to have an accordian in your band, you better play Song of Storms. They then busted out Gerudo Valley which included a tiny bit of Guile’s theme (Street Fighter) in the middle. Which proves Guile’s theme goes with ANYTHING! They did some more great stuff including Vampire Killer, Terra from Final Fantasy 6, Big Blue from F-Zero, and a wonderful cover of HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY. They ended the show with the 80’s classic “Take On Me”. I look forward to seeing them again.
Next were the OneUps. These guys are a more laid back video game band. They all wear sunglasses and have a very bluesy feel to them. Also, as you will see in the video below, they use a projector showing various footage from the games. They started with Super Metroid and Contra which were very entertaining. Following those two classics, they went with something new school with Angry Birds. I was very impressed when they played a song from the legendary ToeJam and Earl: Panic on Funkatron as well as Sonic the Hedgehog. They put on a very solid performance.
Finally the main course: The Protomen. Last time they came to Jacksonville they had called the tour “The Protomen break all their shit tour” because everything was breaking. Their snare stand actually broke and they had to try and fix it half the show. The ironic thing was they had an extra stand in the bus. The bus however was broken down in Orlando. This year was different and nothing broke. They set all their stuff and did the most amazing sound check I have ever seen. They played the hell out of Journey’s “Separate Ways, Worlds Apart” for a solid minute and a half just to make sure everything sounded good. If that wasn’t excellent musical foreplay, I don’t know what is. They retreated to the back and KILROY came out to introduce them. From then on it was perfect. Will of One was followed by Vengeance as well as their other heavy hitters. They left the stage and after much cheering, KILROY came back to give us the news: The Protomen were not going to play one more song, they were going to play four more songs! They started the encore with an amazing version of Ballroom Blitz, featuring everyone’s favorite TurboLover.
This concert was easily the most fun I’ve had in years, accompanied by close friends and a great energy filled crowd. More proof that video game music is much more important than the average gamer may think. If you enjoy great rock and roll and happen to like video games, check these guys out. If they come to your town, take the time out to see them. You won’t regret it! Enjoy the mini compilation below. (The sound quality might not be the best, as I recorded it with my Flip.)