My fellow Gen X’ers out there who lacked basic cable and were forced to entertain themselves with quality programming from PBS may remember the show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” which not only frustrated us with obscure geographical locations, but also introduced us to an acapella band named Rockapella (I see what you did there). Fast forward a number of years and now Fairwood Studios is brining one of Rockapella’s most recent singles to the RBN. Rockapella has gained a vast following in their 24 years as a group, earning a fan base in Japan and with celebrities ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Matt Lauer. The title track from their newest album, “Bang“, will be the first track in Rock Band to feature full, four-instrument gameplay with no live or synthesized instruments; all sounds on the track are provided solely by the voices and appendages of Rockapella.
“Everyone here has very high opinions of Rockapella’s work, both their old material and their newest album,” said Robert Witko, owner of Fairwood Studios. “So we’re very excited to work with them, especially on a project that’s so unconventional and unique. It’s something we love to do, and it’s even better to do it with a group we all enjoy.”
As for whether this song may be a pre-cursor to a RBN appearance of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego,” in my opinion, this is a good start.
This song is planned for release prior to RBN 2.0, which would have included harmonies. Robert commented that “the reason is, it would either be harmonies but no guitar, or guitar but no harmonies. The project was started way back in the summer, and we didn’t expect things to cut so close to 2.0, but from the beginning it was going to be just one vocalist with harmonies on guitar, and at least for this one we’re not deviating from that. Plus, we wanna include RB2 players in the whole thing.”
A sample of Rockapella’s “Bang” is directly below, and will be released this winter through the Rock Band Network for $1.99 (160 MSP).
For more info, check out Fairwood Studio’s announcement.