Along with the games, also comes the tunes!
PAX South is booting up this weekend and with every Penny Arcade Expo, along with the games also come the tunes, and this year is a doozy. For the first PAX south of the decade’s musical lineup the PAX music bookers went for quite a diverse array of sounds. Especially considering all of the acts are constrained by the parameters of videogame music. For 2020 Super MES, Freezepop, and Bit Brigade will all be making the trip south to San Antonio to rock the house, and those Texas crowds are known to ravenous at PAX South for the concert series. So hopefully each band knows what they are in for. As for what the bands have in store for the crowds, however …
Super Mariachi Entertainment System is so much more than just a band with a clever video game reference in their name, they are an incredible cultural experience. The group combines the high energy excitement of a full mariachi band with the intricacy and intrigue of video game music compositions. It truly is a one of a kind show that seamlessly blends the Southwestern flair of San Antonio, Texas with the overall theme of Penny Arcade Expo. They wear traditional mariachi outfits on stage and only rock with traditional mariachi instruments, which really makes Super MES a beautiful showcase of Mexican culture, mixed the whimsical nature of videogame music. To really leave PAX South with the feeling that you got the full gaming experience while also getting a little taste of that Texmex flavor Super MES is the only group worth catching.
Nothing gets the gamers moving quite like Dance Dance Revolution and Freezepop is the only act at PAX that has DDR’s stamp of approval. Coming from Boston, Mass. Freezepop has made quite a splash in their town’s dance music scene and they brought that sound international in one of the biggest ways possible. Some of the other titles that Freezepop’s tunes have appeared in, include Frequency, Amplitude, Karaoke Revolution, the Guitar Hero franchise, the Rockband franchise, and Neon FM. They are one of the most versatile bands on the PAX scene and make every appearance at the Expo a party. The music venue is going to turn to a sweaty hot mess when Freezepop gets the entire PAX South audience up out of their seats and dancing in the aisles.
For most people live and loud musical performances are enough to get the heart going. But for those who need a little more juice to get their blood pumping there is the Bit Brigade. The Athens, Georgis based video game cover project adds a whole new dynamic to their live performance by having a live speedrunner on stage during the set, while the group plays the audience through some of their all-time favorite level themes. The audience is treated to the edge of your seat theatrics you can only get from watching someone trying to beat their favorite videogame as quickly as possible. While the crowd has their eyes glued to the screens their ears belong to the otherworldly talent of Bit Brigade.