August 23, 2009 nordloef [8-bit weezer!]
“Do you remember that dream you had, where the sound chips from the beloved games consoles of your youth all got together and formed a Weezer tribute band? Yeah? No? OK. That dream is about to come true whether you had it or not.”
I came across this band as I was checking out another NYC-based 8-bit group named Starscream my roommate Cosme showed me during second semester. I was immediately entranced by their interpretations of Weezer songs, all done through 8-bit gameboy blips and bloops.
8-bit music for me can be a bit of a joke sometimes. It’s hard to make videogame noises sound convincing, especially after all the hours I’ve logged on Chrono Trigger. Maybe you’ll find nordloef to be a gimmick, but I think their take on Weezer is inspired. How many people do you know take the time to mod out their old-timey Gameboys and then decide it would be a good idea to completely cover an album by Weezer?
However, as with most 8-bit music, after a while it all starts to kind of sound the same. I mean, you’re working with 8 bits of information. It can be hard to vary what you do after a while, I suppose.
Despite this, though, their songs are fun to listen through, and are definitely worth a listen. They also supply free downloads of their music, which is wicked cool. More bands should do that. Check it out, guys! Dan, do you know how to mod Gameboys? If not, you should learn, man! Could you imagine Mikel’s new album with a few bleeps added in? Maybe you should redo She, She, She with only 8-bit noises. 😛
A track of his I enjoy (you can download it, too!):