The Megas (band)

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The Megas
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Rock, indie rock, Nintendo rock, experimental rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Dr. Light Records
Associated acts Agent 51, Apathy, Entertainment System
Website http://www.themegas.com/
Members Josh "Rev. Breeding" Breeding
Eric "E" von Doymi
Greg "Gregatron" Schneider
Brian "Double D" DiDomenico
Greg "Church" Herschleb
Past members Mike "Mikey Hell" Levinson
Brent Firestone
Dave Jensen

The Megas is a Los Angeles based independent video game cover band based on the Capcom franchise, Mega Man. They differentiate themselves from artists who have played Mega Man music in the past by adding original lyrics and composing new sections which blend seamlessly with the original compositions.[1] Their lyrics expand on the simple story laid out in the games, giving each of the 8 Robot Masters a unique personality. Their debut album, Get Equipped, based on Mega Man 2,[2][3] was released in January 2008.

The band has gained notoriety in the video game music scene due to their popularity on sites like Newgrounds and MySpace, as well as numerous live performances all over the United States, primarily at video game conventions and festivals such as MAGfest, Nerdapalooza, and various dates of the Video Games Live tour. Their song "The Annihilation of Monsteropolis/Airman" was featured on the front page of the popular video game music remixing site OverClocked ReMix,[4] and most recently the band was mentioned on Wired magazine's blog,[5] the official Capcom blog[6] and an article on Gibson Guitars' website.[1] The Megas were mentioned again on the official Capcom blog after the release of their acoustic album, Get Acoustic.[2]

On May 15, 2014, The Megas released their third album, History Repeating: Red, the second half of their take on Mega Man 3. This follows their release of History Repeating: Blue on June 18, 2012.[7]

History[edit]

Formation and Get Equipped (2008)[edit]

Josh Breeding arranged and performed a version of the song "I Want to be The One" (based on the Dr. Wily 1-2 theme) for a school talent show. Later, he played the song for Eric von Doymi, a friend that he met at Cal State Long Beach. The two of them re-recorded the track and the band formed shortly after, picking up bassist Greg Schneider (previously of the band Agent 51) and drummer Dave Jensen. The first songs were laid out and performed live at video game themed shows and local venues, but the band continued as a side project for a couple of years up until the recording of their first official album, Get Equipped. Drummer Mike Levinson, who previously played in Agent 51 with Schneider, joined the band, taking the place of second drummer Brent Firestone.

The band constructed a studio, dubbed "Dr. Light Studios," and then focused on recording and releasing their first album, Get Equipped, which was released in January 2008. Get Equipped features a complete collection of arrangements for each main theme from Mega Man 2, including an arrangement with original elements that turns the character select theme—originally only a few seconds long—into a full-length song titled "The Message From Dr. Light." Ironically, this song was later turned back into an NES chiptune by Inverse Phase and titled "The NESsage from Dr. Light."[8] The track was quickly endorsed by The Megas and used as bonus material with online orders.[9]

Megatainment, Get Acoustic, and work with brentalfloss (2009 - 2010)[edit]

In 2009 on the band's official Facebook page, it was stated that there is a "Mega Man 3 album coming soon." In June of the same year, Breeding announced via Facebook that the band is now recording. In July, the band announced via their official MySpace that they would be handing out free download cards at Comic-Con for two songs off Get Equipped and two songs from the upcoming Get Acoustic[2][3] acoustic remix of Get Equipped. August 24, 2009, The Megas released the Megatainment EP, a Mega Man 1 based collaborative EP with the band Entertainment System.[3][4] In an interview in October 2009, the band said their next projects include Mega Man 3, Mega Man X, and Mega Man 9 albums.[4] The band was originally set to be a part of the Mega Man 9 soundtrack, but the project never got past the concept stage.[4] February 4, 2010, The Megas released Get Acoustic digitally and stated they will head back to the studio to work on their Mega Man 3 follow-up to Get Equipped.

In April 2010, The Megas were featured on brentalfloss's album What If This CD...Had Lyrics?.[10] brentalfloss added his lyrics to the instrumental breaks of The Megas' song "I Want To Be The One/Dr. Wily," as well as harmonizing with their original vocals at a few key points to create a new track entitled "Gotta Run/Be the One."

History Repeating (2010 - present)[edit]

While the band is hard at work on their Mega Man 3 album,[3] they released a single as a preview for the album, titled Sparked a War, at Nerdapalooza and released it online soon after. The CD features the band's first single from their Mega Man 3 album (their rendition of Sparkman, "You've Sparked a War"), as well as a few b-sides. In October, the band released their music video for "You've Sparked a War."

In September 2010, two gameplay trailers of the now-cancelled game Mega Man Universe were released featuring The Megas music in the background. The first of which has "The Message from Dr. Light/Level Select"[11] and the second has "Lights Out." A third, longer version of the same trailer was shown in the 2010 Tokyo Game Show featuring "You've Sparked a War."

The band announced they would be playing Video Games Live on June 8, 2011[12] and the 2011 Penny Arcade Expo. Drummer Mike Levinson announced in January 2012 that he would be making a solo album and funding it through Kickstarter where he also mentioned that the Mega Man 3 album would be named History Repeating. The band announced on June 8, 2012, that they would be releasing a double album for History Repeating, with the first album History Repeating: Blue to be released on June 18, 2012.[2]

On June 28, Mike Levinson announced he would be leaving the band in order to go back to college.[13] The band have confirmed they would not do full music albums from Mega Man 4 or Mega Man 5.

Style[edit]

The original music from Mega Man 2 is an 8-bit format from the NES. The Megas use guitar, bass guitar, and drums to create songs inspired by the original themes of each boss stage, as well as other soundtrack selections such as the enemy selected music and the ending song music. Original lyrics are created for the songs, typically centered around each of the Robot Masters' personalities, made up based on their level design and their appearance.[14]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Josh "Rev. Breeding" Breeding — vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Eric "E" von Doymi — vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Greg "Gregatron" Schneider — bass, backing vocals (2008–present)
  • Brian "Double D" DiDomenico - keyboards (2011–present)
  • Greg "Church" Herschleb - drums (2012–present)[15]

Former members[edit]

  • Mike "Mikey Hell" Levinson — drums (2008–2012)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Get Equipped (2008)
  • History Repeating: Blue[2][3] (2012)
  • History Repeating: Red[3][4] (2014)

EPs[edit]

  • Megatainment (2009) with Entertainment System

Remix albums[edit]

  • Get Acoustic (2010)

Demos[edit]

  • Demo Get (2008)

Singles[edit]

  • Sparked a War (2010)
  • Fly on a Dog (2012)

Music videos[edit]

  • "You've Sparked a War" (2010)
  • "Gotta Run/Be the One" (2011)

Promos[edit]

  • "Scent Blasters" (2013)

Other appearances[edit]

Year Artist Song Release
2008 Random feat. The Megas "Boss Battle (MetalMan)" Mega Ran[14]
2008 The Megas "The Message from Dr. Light/Level Select" Released on a video game band compilation
2010 brentalfloss feat. The Megas "Gotta Run/Be the One" What If This CD...Had Lyrics?[10]
The Megas "I Want to Be the One/Dr. Wily 1-2" Featured in the fan movie Mega Man directed by Eddie Lebron.
"Lamentatons of a War Machine/End Song"
"The Message from Dr. Light/Level Select" Trailers for Mega Man Universe[11]
"Lights Out"
"You've Sparked a War"
2011 Random feat. The Megas "Metal Dance feat. The Megas (Acoustic Mix)" Mega Ran's Bonuses[16]

Official websites[edit]

See also[edit]

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