Long ago, we got a request from a fan who asked permission to use some Anarchy Club lyrics in his upcoming comic. Many years and tears later, his labor of love is finally available. Our songs set the tone for two intense fight scenes (of course). We hereby give “Retropunk” our official stamp of approval.
Back when the Rock Band Network was still a thing, we were secretly prepping a tricked-out version of Behind The Mask as our final offering to the game. RBN kicked the bucket before That Authoring Group were able to finish encoding the song.
We’ve now decided to release it for free via the Customs Creators Collective. So if you still have RB3, you can grab a revised version of the song to add to your DLC. Since there were more playable instruments available than back in the original Guitar Hero days, we added some stuff to make it more fun to play. Adam added a guitar solo, there are more drum parts, and so on. But the essence of the song is intact.
If you download it and play it, let us know what you think.
Adam was recently interviewed (again) for the JOAF blog, mostly about Anarchy Club. The interviewer transcribed the entire hour-long conversation by hand, so points for that! If you’re in the mood for a loooooong read, it’s here:
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Alex Obert: We were talking earlier about Behind the Mask off of your debut album, The Way and its Power, I’d like to get into one of the segments on there. With A Day At The Ofﬁce, do you feel that was inspired by Pulp Fiction?
Adam von Buhler: (laughs) Well, those are funny, those skits. I think funny as in bizarre. It just seemed like such a natural thing to do at the time because we were so intoxicated with being our own self-contained band and working in our own studio. We had all these tools in front of us that were toys to us, so we made those skits. And years after the album came out, I was like, “Oh man, I don’t know if we should have put those on there.” I kind of second guessed them and had doubts about them, but I thought, “Eh, if somebody really hates them, they can just program their CD player to skip those tracks.” And then years later after that, I kind of had a mental turnaround and I thought, “You know, that stuff’s just so crazy, I’m glad it’s on there.” I could never make those again without being self conscious, but I’m glad that at that time, our pure id just fell out onto the tape like that. And that particular one, the Day at the Ofﬁce, that is again touching on the main themes of Anarchy Club. Illicit activities, fast cars, weaponry, hot girls, a certain attitude, all of it wrapped into a single ball. And that’s me in the middle saying, “What can I do for ya?” We put a stupid amount of time into those skits too. Looking back on that now, that was kinda crazy. They’re really dumb, they weren’t worth the amount of time that we spent on them to make (laughs).
Adam and Keith will be on WAAF tonight at 11PM EST. They live stream at WAAF.com
We present to you our latest EP, “Pulling Back The Veil“. To be played at maximum volume. More love songs for the apocalypse.
Featuring a guest appearance from our favorite collaborator, Alice Ishbel Watson from distant Kirkcaldy, and cover artwork by Su Young Kim.
As always, no goddamned auto-tune was used in the making of this music.
We’ve got a fresh handful of songs coming out in a few weeks. Get ready.
UPDATE March 13: Cover art is done. Songs are complete. Just tidying it all up and it’ll be out in a few days.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we really get a kick out of hardcore culture flourishing in places where that really means something, like in brutally oppressive dictatorships. (For example, this and this)
Well, here’s another one, this time in Cambodia, former home of the Khmer Rouge killing machine. Now there’s a tiny punk scene in a dictatorship that never even experienced rock and roll.
Really terrible over-the-phone sound quality — you can barely tell which is Keith and which is Adam. What can ya do.