Miracle of Sound - Encore

Miracle of Sound - Encore
Roll Out and The Escapist Expo

MiracleOfSound | 4 Oct 2012 12:00
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Roll Out

Transformers is something very personal for me that goes a little deeper than most of the nerdy things I love. When I was a little kid, I wasn't very sociable. My parents split when I was 6 and due to my birth mother being very publicly gay in a very backwards 1980s Ireland, none of the other kids in school were allowed to hang out with me in case they contracted the devil's horrors off me (apart from my oldest friend Kate who thankfully had open minded parents).

My father's day job (he was also a well known published poet here in Ireland) was as a newspaper editor and he used to always bring home hundreds of sheets of newsprint and Bic biros for me. I used to spend my days drawing planes, the Empire State Building and stick men. Then one day my father came home with a Transformers comic for me and my life changed. I was completely drawn into this wonderful world of noble heroes, insane villains, crazy humor, ultra grim dark storylines (seriously, the UK comic continuity killed off more characters in horrific ways than George R.R. Martin having a grumpy day - go check out the Time Wars story, it's collected in a book now I think) and frickin' shape shifting robots.

My obsessive streak was born here. I would spend hours upon hours, day after day copying and re-drawing the comic strips onto my little sheets of newsprint, completely lost in my first experience of pure, beautiful, freeing escapism. Real life might not always have been too much fun, but Optimus Prime was always there for me no matter what (apart from a brief period after the movie where Hasbro temporarily ruined the lives of a generation of kids so they could flog us their new toyline - you pricks!). It even gave me some common ground and something to talk about with a few of the kids in school, which was really nice.

So yeah, Transformers are special to me. I am really glad no one ever went and rebooted the series into a modern version with more focus on bland boring, whiny human characters and lame sex jokes than the hundreds of colorful, wonderful characters in the actual lore, while killing off a crucial protagonist midway in the third one in a horrific way without any other character even acknowledging it for the remainder of the film, and the very next scene stunting any possible emotional impact by cutting straight into more fucking sex jokes and- ARGH. Because if someone went and did that it would really SUCK.

There was a temptation to do a serious song for Transformers, but it felt more right to make it fun. I love 80s and 90s kids cartoon themes - some great ones were Thundercats, Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors, MASK and of course Ulysses 21. There's a real bursting, positive, innocent up-tempo energy to them and that's what I wanted to recreate. Many have mentioned a few of my songs sound like 80s kids show themes and I can totally see why, it's because I love them.

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