Growing up with 8-bit and 16-bit consoles, playing them for countless hours, there’s one aspect of them that gets subconsciously ingrained in our memories: the music. I have not played Super Mario World and Legend of Zelda since the early/mid 90’s but I can remember the music that accompanied the games with clarity. I maintain that the Mega Man series has some of the most iconic music from any game, and that’s a testament to the talent of the composers (Takashi Tateishi and Manami Matsumae to name a few) to be able to make such memorable music with the limited resources of 90’s consoles. A group of friends shared that love of Mega Man’s score, and so The Megas we’re born. Their origin story:
One day, Josh was given a homework assignment – come up with some kind of performance, and do it in front of your class. He had just started learning to play guitar, and at the time was playing Mega Man 2. Instead of learning to play the usual classics a first time guitar player picks up (you know the songs… Ironman by Black Sabbath, Come As You Are by Nirvana…), Josh started figuring out how to play songs from Mega Man on his guitar. He figured out how to play a song from the game, threw on some lyrics, and boom – homework complete. He played his creation in front of the class, and it was either so awesome or so terrible that the class never tried that assignment again.
A couple years later, Josh moved in with Eric. At some point the story of Josh’s show-stopping performance came up, to which Eric responded – “Let’s record that.”
And so, forged in the fire of unemployment and lack of romantic options, THE MEGAS were born! They quickly recruited Greg and the first of a string of drummers, and set out to record the entire soundtrack of Mega Man 2, reimagining each track as a rock anthem sung from the point of view of each character in the game. Once Mikey jumped onto the drumkit, things started picking up steam… their first album, Get Equipped, was released in January of 2008. The band started picking up a cult following on the internet, the place where fans of super-niche ideas find one another!