MAVERICK RISING!! We hope you're enjoying the album already; we're going to be posting some flood mixes the next couple days, but for tonight we're kicking it off with an absolutely badass ska jam from The OverClocked Plaid Muffins, who debuted last year with an equally amazing Kirby mix. Lest we chalk that mix up as a fluke or passing glimpse of brilliance, they've done it again, bringing high-energy vocal ska/rock with sexy brass to a source tune that completely lends itself to the style. Stevo writes:
"This song was actually suggested by PrototypeRaptor while we were still working on finishing "Ska Buffet." Took on this track because PR wanted to do it and, as chance would have it, Cyril had already nabbed the track for Maverick Rising. Took probably over a year to make in full, and many brass takes were needed in order to get the timing as close as we could. Much harder rock than the Kirby track.
When we started this, I knew it was going to be a harder track, but I didn't realize that it would channel Agro Rock a lot more than Ska. Vocals this time are split between PrototypeRaptor and myself. The lyrics describe, for lack of a better term, the humanity behind the robot. Disparity and longing turn to bitterness and hate, giving Armored Armadillo a tragic backstory. It is quite different from previous material, but that will probably be par for the course for the Plaid Muffins. Awesome work by PR, Swann, Xenon, Cyril, and AMT, as usual! That's about it, hope you enjoy it."
Great job on the vocals, guys, really. And this is just a smart, wicked arrangement - I love it so much I can with confidence say that it will stick in my head for the rest of my life. Fate willing, I'm gonna be diaper-wearing octagenarian one day, and I'll STILL be rocking out to this joint in my mind. That's some pretty high, incontinent praise, but it's deserved - album director Wesley Cho adds:
"The Plaid Muffins is probably the only video game music ska band in the world, so it’s exciting to hear their take on Armored Armadillo. After some songs that are more mellower in nature, this song gets in your face with its assault of brass, guitars, and drums and excepting for one reprieve, doesn’t let up. The vocals adds to the fun yet aggressive soundscape - they provide a story to Armored Armadillo, giving him some human characteristics, especially the craziness. This will almost certainly be an instant favorite for many!"
Yeah, Wes called it - definitely a favorite for me; it just CLICKS. It also show the Muffins are capable of some vocal variety - I thought LuIzA really nailed it on their Kirby mix, and I was concerned that she wasn't reprising her vocal role, but megaprops to L99 & PR for again doing some spot-on vocals that are perfect for the genre. There are so many great things to say about Maverick Rising, so many tracks to single out - and believe me, we will - and so many angles you can approach the album from, it's near-monolithic in breadth, scope, and excellence. But for now, for tonight, I think this one track, especially on the heels' of Hugo & Jordan's arrangements, sets the stage perfectly, and just plain old kicks ass. Classic.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man X (Capcom, 1993, SNES)
Music by Makoto Tomozawa, Setsuo Yamamoto, Toshihiko Horiyama, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara
- "Armored Armadillo Stage"
- Rock, Ska
- Brass, Electric Guitar, Singing, Vocals: Male
- Arrangement > Extended Soloing
Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Time > Tempo: Fast
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When I was younger, my old father would say
The only thing worth having was found at the end of each day
But that was then and this is now and he's far gone
And his voice did linger on for far too long (He said)
My fearless son, you can't be stronger than them all
The birds control the sky and if you jump, you'll likely fall
And you need an alibi just to pass by in this life
'Cause your shell can't protect you from death's scythe (Oh no?)
When he left to find himself, I left in spirit and body and soul
I also left my family... literally
'Cause if he's not worth anything, then what do I know?
I'm just a carbon copy of a damned machine
You'll never breathe
And you'll never touch the water
You'll never see
The sights that I, your father
Have entrusted to you
Entrusted to you
But you will never touch the sky
When my time comes, I'll hold my head up and say
The only thing I've lived for is be thrown to the fray
No legacy, just digging; digging deep in my soul
I've become the underground king of nothing at all
I'm under orders to destroy all who dare
Disturb this cave and bring a light to my lair
I am more dangerous than you comprehend
'Cause there's nothing holding me back from the end
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