By Vee D
UK game publisher Wired Productions‘ new label Black Razor Records debuted with the release, of a 4-track EP from Ivar & The Horde entitled ‘Arcade Paradise’ EP based on the theme of that classic arcade game of the same name.
The Arcade Paradise EP is the fruit of the collaboration between writers – Kieron Pepper (ex-live Prodigy drummer 1997-2007), Ben Pickersgill (Brighton-based co-producer [Klax, Critical]), and singer Stu Brootal (Ivar & The Horde).
The music of Ivar & The Horde is reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine. The sound has all the characteristics you’d expect from a break-out name.
Arcade Paradise deals with a typical dysfunctional parent-child relationship in which anger and determination are played out: ”The story of Ashley and their struggle with authority is one we have all experienced at some point in our lives. When we were briefed about the theme, it was easy to quickly understand and relate to” – explained Kieron Pepper, composer and producer for the Arcade Paradise EP – “Stu Brootal and his crew [Ivar & The Horde] smash it out of the park with the right level of anger and energy.”
Stu Brootal added: “’Arcade Paradise’, sounds quite angry, but it’s mainly an empowerment song. It’s written from the perspective of becoming empowered, and taking back your ability to choose and make your life the way that you want it.”
Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions and founder of Safe In Our World explains: “I hope gamers and music fans alike appreciate the song’s message and how the money it raises will contribute to the great work that Safe In Our World does” – said Leo Zullo, Managing Director at Wired Productions – “Music has always been in the DNA of Wired Productions, so setting up a music label is a natural step for us. As we are independent we choose the projects we work on, so our first release combines our favourite things… video games, great music and supporting a video game mental health charity close to our hearts…because we can!”
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Musician’s Union: A Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health & the Music Industry
- Mind mind.org.uk 0300 123 3393
- TheMusic Industry Therapist Collective: www.musicindustrytherapists.com
- Music Support: 0800 030 6789 www.musicsupport.org/what-we-do
- The Samaritans: 116 123 www.samaritans.org
- Mental Health Resource www.mentalhealthresource.org.uk/