The Almighty Terribles perform an original live soundtrack to Ghostbusters!

From left to right: Drummer Ryan Decker, bassist Nathan Powell and frontman Dave Cahill, perform in front of a packed house their original Ghostbusters soundtrack

When you combine the post-apocalyptic stylings of progressive rock band The Almighty Terribles with the pre-apocalyptic story of Ghostbusters, you’re bound to get something special. And the Almighty Terribles provided an experience that went beyond special.

The band played both songs from the soundtrack as well as avant-garde sound effects and original music

They came into a packed house with Proton Packs made of foam, jumpsuits and an LED lit up guitar. Providing avant-garde sound effects, original music and the theme song, the Almighty Terribles brought something new to something that they all love.

“We all grew up with,” shared drummer Ryan Decker. “Its just one of those movies that we understood and in a way changed our lives.”

“[Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema] asked us to do ‘Soundtrack Comes Alive,'” frontman Dave Cahill stated, “and we wanted to do a movie with something with characters and this is the first thing that came to mind.” It was a mutual agreement right away for them, as they got their plan ready that involved packs, jumpsuits and a soundtrack listing that would work best with the film. “We wanted to get cases of Ecto-Cooler for the audience, but we didn’t have enough time.”

Their set list included some of their own songs such as “Banshee” and “Bomb in the Bedroom,” as well the Ghostbusters theme song and “Saving the Day.” “We knew right away that we had to do the theme song,” Cahill said.

They had jumpsuits and original foam proton packs! A light weight alternative definitely needed while playing instruments.

When deciding what song to place where, bassist, Nathan Powell, said right away, “I thought that was the easiest part!”

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, part of the ArtsQuest Center in Bethleham, PA, has had experience with performances like this in the past. Ryan Hill, Programming Manager of the theater, spoke about the “Soundtrack Comes Alive” program at the theater. The Almighty Terribles’ Ghostbusters performance is the fifth in the series, following Point Break, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, and Baraka.

“The Almighty Terribles approached me with Ghostbusters,” Hill says. “If a band picks a movie, they’re passionate with it.”

For more information and free music from the Almighty Terribles, be sure to check out their website. Photos for this article were provided by Brian Hewitt Photography. For more photos of the event, please click here to check out photos taken by Brian Hewitt Photography. For more information on the “Soundtrack Comes Alive” series as well as other events, visit ArtsQuest Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema’s website by clicking here.

Ghostbusters dubstep remix

If you watched the graffiti video from last week, you may have enjoyed the VIP NR01 remix of the GB theme, cleverly called GhostDubsters – Paul at Spook Central found the track at SoundCloud for your downloading pleasure.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Screening + The Almighty Terribles to play GB soundtrack live in Bethlehem, PA, April 14th!

Pennsylvania band The Almighty Terribles will be performing live at a screening of Ghostbusters, April 14th, at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas in Bethlehem – it’s part of ArtsQuest’s “Soundtrack Comes Alive” series and it looks like it can’t be missed, so if you’re in the Harrisburg area, think about it. The concept is that the movie plays sans soundtrack, which the band recreates, sometimes faithfully and sometimes from scratch.
Tickets cost $13, and $10 for students, seniors and ArtsQuest members. Go here for more information. And if you attend, let us know how it goes! Big nods to Grim Santos for the heads up.

Just Because It’s Friday: Orchestral performance of GB theme

This isn’t new – a handful of orchestras, such as the Cincinnati Pops, have covered Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters theme – but it’s rarely heard. And the accompanying photos are a fun treat.

I can’t compare right now, to say for sure which orchestra is performing this – if you think you know, say so. Otherwise, it’s Friday – just enjoy it.

Nods to Brendan at Cross the Streams for the find.

Blue Busters – download the mp3. You know, for your next party.

Thanks to Paul at Spook Central for digging up more info on the source of the Blue Busters video (from the previous post), namely a cassette (ask your parents) called Apple Boogie. Basically, an entire album of Apple-centric cover tunes. Mind boggling. You can download the entire album, including the cover insert and lyrics, here.

Blue Busters [download]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Going by the cover, the music was acquired directly from Golden Touch Music and Raydiola Music (Ray Parker Jr.’s company), with new lyrics by Ted Iserman and Michael Marksman. There is no mention of Ray Parker Jr. lending his voice, contrary to some comments to the YouTube video, but the music is essentially an instrumental track (which makes sense, as the instrumental was floating around on the soundtracks at the time, an easy loan to Apple.)