The Protomen is an American rock band best known for composing original concept albums loosely based on the popular video game series Mega Man. The Protomen have achieved a cult following thanks, in part, to an active and vocal internet fan base, intensely theatrical live performances, and a heavy touring regimen.
“Light up the Night” is featured in Act II: The Father of Death, the second album by indie rock band The Protomen, and the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut. The album also revisits the Mega Man-inspired rock opera concept from the band’s first album, and functions as a prequel to the first release, focusing on the relationship between Thomas Light and Albert Wily before Wily’s takeover of the city that functions as the story’s primary setting.
On September 1st, 2009, the album’s track list, cover art, and full title were revealed (previously, the band had referred to the album simply as Act II). The album was released a week later, on September 8th. The group has stated that they were largely influenced by the 1984 movie Streets of Fire.
“Crimewave” is a song performed by Canadian experimental band Crystal Castles and American noise rock band Health from Crystal Castles’ self-titled debut album. The song acts as both Crystal Castles and Health’s debut singles in addition to being the first single from the album Crystal Castles. It was first released on August 13, 2007 by PIAS Recordings accompanied by the b-side “XxzxcuZx Me”. The song is a re-working of the Health original track of the same name written by the band members of Health for their self-entitled debut album. It was re-written by Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles. Kath also produced the re-worked track. The song contains prominent electro and chiptune musical characteristics. The track consists of only three lyric lines and has been said to tell a story about the sadness and ennui one might experience when locked inside a Pac-Man maze for eternity.
“Crimewave” achieved critical praise from most contemporary music critics. Critics complimented the song’s originality and emotion it brought to the electronic music scene. The single was accompanied by a music video upon its re-release in 2008. The track was performed by Crystal Castles at All Points West Music & Arts Festival in 2009.
“Crimewave” was used in Gossip Girl No.1 and features on its companion soundtrack OMFGG – Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl No. 1.
Tame Impala (pronounced /tɛɪm ɪmˈpɑːlə/) is a band from Perth, Australia. It is the psychedelic rock project of Kevin Parker. They are signed to Modular Records. The band came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album Innerspeaker. Their name refers to the impala, a medium sized antelope. They like to see themselves as “a steady flowing psychedelic groove rock band that emphasizes dream-like melody.”
Tame Impala’s debut album, Innerspeaker, was released on 21 May 2010. In the U.K. its official release date was 28 June, however iTunes accidentally made it available to buy immediately (not pre-order) on 12 May. The album was released in the United States on 8 June to general and critical acclaim. Pitchfork named it Best New Music.
In an interview with Triple J talking about the album’s recent nomination for the J Award, Parker stated that they have secretly been recording a new album. “Jay and I have been recording pretty compulsively and album number two is nearing potential completion already and I’m so excited about it that I’m having trouble keeping myself from telling you all about it.” This comes as a big surprise as this statement was released only months after their debut album, Innerspeaker, was released.
The band has been busy touring during mid 2010, with their ‘Innerspeaker album tour’ commencing on 13 May 2010, as the opening band for MGMT‘s 2010 American tour. The band returned to Australia to play at Splendour in the Grass festival, which was followed by a European Tour in July (including an appearance at the Reading Festival) and a national Australian tour in October. In November they returned to the UK and Europe for a fifteen date tour, including their largest London headline show to date which was attended by Noel Gallagher, Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung and Alison Mosshart, the band then went on to the United States and Canada for twenty headline dates including sold out shows in Toronto, New York, LA and San Francisco. They also received four 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations which include, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ for Innerspeaker, ‘Best Group’ and also ‘Breakthrough Artist’.