The Advantage

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The Advantage
Origin Sacramento, California
Genres Instrumental rock, nintendocore, video game music
Years active 1998–present
Members Robby Moncrieff
Ben Milner
Carson McWhirter
Spencer Seim
Past members Nick Rogers
Forrest Harding
Cassie Stewart

The Advantage is an American rock band from Sacramento, California that formed in 1998 and specializes in doing covers of music from old NES games. The band is considered[by whom?] to be one of the original pioneers of the Nintendocore genre and widely praised[by whom?] for bringing video game music into the spotlight. Named after the NES joystick controller of the same name, the Advantage offers their own style and blend of video game rock.[citation needed] The band consists of Robby Moncrieff (guitar), Ben Milner (guitar), Carson McWhirter (bass) and Spencer Seim (drums). Former Nevada Union High School students Nick Rogers (guitar & bass) and Forrest Harding (guitar) are the two original members who started the band. Cassie Stewart was occasionally featured on bass as well.[citation needed]


The idea for the Advantage began at a talent show in Nevada City, CA, when drummer Spencer Seim saw a two-person band, consisting of Rogers and Harding, perform video game songs. Seim, who attended high school with Rogers and Harding, asked if he could play drums for them and was accepted. At the time the band was called Generic. Harding eventually had to leave the band due to moving out of state which prompted Seim to combine high-school friends and Generic bandmates Carson McWhirter, Ben Milner and Nick Rogers. The name of the band was eventually changed to The Advantage and upon signing to Kill Rock Stars affiliate 5 Rue Christine Records (5RC) in 2004, the band released their debut self-titled album, The Advantage. During the tour of their debut album the band released, Da Advantage EP, in 2004 through their own label T.A.R. (The Advantage Records) and sold it at shows. Two years later in 2006 after replacing Rogers with guitarist Robby Moncrieff, their second full length record, Elf Titled, was also released on 5RC Records. Again in similar fashion to their first EP, the band released their second EP, Underwear: So Big! EP, through their own Advantage Records label during their 2006 tour and sold it at shows. After the release of Elf Titled, the band toured for a short while before entering a hiatus.


In 2010 a compilation album, B-Sides Anthology (AKA: B-Sides), was released by Obstructive Vibrations in digital download format. It contains all of the material from Da Advantage EP and all of the material from the Underwear: So Big! EP (except for track 3, Gradius II - Boss) plus a few extra rare tracks. The band also played a brief tour in 2010 mostly in Japan consisting of only a handful of shows.

In recent years the band has been releasing material on their own label, The Advantage Records (T.A.R.) through their Bandcamp page . They released a compilation album of edited tracks in 2013 from the Self Titled, Elf Titled, and B-Sides albums appropriately titled Edits. In 2014 the band released the live album Live from: The Great American Music Hall. It contains tracks from the February 27, 2004 live performance at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco where they opened with Ester Drang for John Vanderslice and Pedro the Lion at the 2004 Noise Pop Music Festival.

The band also released a live album in 2013 called Rock Bottom: Live from Bottom of the Hill which consists of songs from the June 24, 2006 live performance at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA. It was re-released on June 24, 2016 for the 10 year anniversary of the show with better audio and minor corrections. The following day on June 25, 2016 the re-release of Rock Bottom was officially announced on their facebook page along with the release of another live album from Bottom of the Hill from January 12, 2006. The album called Bottom Line: Live from Bottom of the Hill was released on June 25, 2016.

The Advantage have covered songs from these NES games: Air Fortress, Batman, Batman: Return of the Joker, Bubble Bobble, Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, Bomberman II, Castlevania, Castlevania II, Castlevania III, Contra, Double Dragon II, Double Dragon III, DuckTales, Fester's Quest, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy III, Ghosts 'N Goblins, Goonies II, Gradius II, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Guardian Legend, Karnov, The Legend of Zelda, Marble Madness, Mega Man II, Mega Man III, Metal Gear, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden II, Solar Jetman, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, TMNT, TMNT II, Willow, and Wizards & Warriors.


The Advantage have released the following albums:[1]

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