This week, UK-based videogame music netlabel Pterodactyl Squad released The 8-bit Album, a chiptune tribute to geek rock darlings Weezer. Fourteen tracks strong and featuring everything from the straight-ahead electronica of Videogame Orchestra’s “Islands in the Sun (Belmont’s Revisal)” to the chipped-up power pop of I Fight Dragon’s take on “Why Bother,” The 8-bit Album is both a heartfelt tribute to Cuomo and company and a veritable who’s who of the bitpop scene itself. Better yet: it’s free!
Do you remember that dream you had, where the sound chips from the beloved games consoles of your youth all got together and formed a Weezer tribute band? Yeah? No? OK. That dream is about to come true whether you had it or not.
The songs on this compilation have mostly been created using original videogame hardware running home-brew software, and vary radically in style, from minimal ‘one man and his Game Boy’ compositions to 8-bit inspired full band performances. Pterodactyl Squad proudly presents the music of Weezer as you have never heard it before.