Category Archives: Music

Ode to Chromedome – POWERLESS

Transformers MTMTE #15 is released globally tomorrow (depending on your time zone). I recently bought Linkin Park’s latest album “Living Things” and while listening to the final track “Powerless” couldn’t help but notice the themes humming closely alongside the characters Chromedome, Rewind and Overlord in the most amazing Transformers comic (MTMTE).

I have since taken some photos and screen captures from a few of the comic pages and produced a little video Ode to Chromedome. He’s not dead yet, by the way (as far as I know), but he definitely has made some mistakes that involves the death of other Autobots.

I hope you enjoy the clip.

Luke

Weekly Highlights – THINGS GO BOOM!

This week there has been some awesome comics releases, trailer reveals and music announcements! So many things rocking in my world!

 

Let’s start with the movies:

Movie #1: Regarding superheroes I’m typically a Marvel guy, but I do have some fond childhood memories watching some Superman stories on VHS and I also loved the All Star Superman comic DC released a couple of years ago. Mostly I enjoyed Smallville’s take on Clark Kent growing up and realising his destiny.

So this week the “Man of Steel” main trailer was released and I loved it. The gravitas and tone set by the music and narration really sets this up as a step for Superman to enter the current generation of moviegoers that are well-versed in Comic Superheroes on screen. There’s a lot of power and impact that is teased at in the trailer as well. If you haven’t seen it – here’s my friendly link #1.

 

Movie #2: Pacific Rim is a giant monster vs robot film from one of my favorite directors, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth). The trailer only really hints at a lot of the scale and fun that this film will be – but it totally brings out all my memories with Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla and Transformers. With Del Toro helming this with the freedom to make the movie he wants, this is gonna rock – check it out here link #2.

 

Now my favorite part of the week – this week’s comics! RiD 12

I had a lovely LOOOONG drive down to my local comic shop this week but it was worth it. A bunch of comics to pick up and some real gems. Two Transformers comics in particular – Robots in Disguise #12 and a return of the Spotlight brand focusing on Orion Pax (pre-Optimus Prime). Robots in Disguise is a comic that i’ve been engrossed in all year (still working on that essay…) and it even got to the top of the “Buy Pile” at ComicBookResources. The “Underbase” podcasting team did a great review of it too – link #3.

Also on comics – next week sees Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #12 coming out – which in James Roberts on words “ends with a bang.” Which little robot is gonna get it?!?

And lastly here, MY LITTLE PONY #2 should be out in a week’s time – can’t wait!

 

Last piece of news that i’m LOVING is the teaser for SEVENDUST’s new album “Black out the Sun.”

These guys are my favorite band ever. Their youtube channel has a lot of great behind the scenes videos showing their recording, hanging and antics during the recording process for this new album.

I cannot wait until it is released next March!

 

Cheers all,

Luke

Mute, but not Silent.

Keyboard Jump Engage

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Mutemath are coming back to Australia’s shores in early 2013 – which is awesome because I’ve only been obsessing about them since earlier this year when some good friends recommended them and I realized they’d played some of my favourite tracks on great movie soundtracks (Transformers 1 and Twilight).

There’s been a lot written about Mutemath – their sound, their records and especially their live shows. And I guess that’s what I want to add my voice too.

The HiFi Bar in Sydney is the perfect venue for them (that is until they can command arenas like Muse do), and they totally filled the room with evocative sounds, brilliant colour and lively theatrics.

It was all genuine. That’s what got me. These guys are excellent musicians and they love performing with an audience. They really seem to respect the audience and give EVERYTHING to the show.

I’ve been a drummer, electric guitarist and bass player in a few bands (never at the same time – lol). But Darren King’s STATEMENT OF INTENT when he stands at the drum kit, places his headphones on and GAFFA TAPS THEM TO HIS HEAD gave me chills. I’d only heard their albums, and I loved it, but the drums and overall sound is very deftly produced to allow a lot of interesting instruments shine – so the drums are not what I’d call intense or in your face. On the albums.

Because live. With his headphones taped to his head. And with only a small kit to play. He PLAYS.

I don’t know how much he sweats but EVERY drop is worth it.

So I give you some links to some clips. Enjoy.

Typical” live in Sydney (Paul comes into the crowd and you can see my head and BJ [with the big blonde hair] at 1:56).

Typical” music video – AWESOME CLIP

Clipping” – live – Check out Darren with 3 drum sticks between 1:00-1:20.

Part of “Quarantine” – all for the AIR MATTRESS CROWD SURFING

Cavalries” – live – great shot of Darren Tapped-Head King

Chaos” – clip – one of my favourites!

And their website

 

P.S This post is dedicated to my buddies Matt, Adam and Simon – go here and grab tickets and come to their show in March boys!