The Protomen

After Dark Presents

The Protomen

Bit Brigade, Danimal Cannon

Tue, April 19, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Studio at Waiting Room (Upstairs)

$15.00 - $17.00

Off Sale

All Ages (16+ w/ ID, Unless accompanied by a Parent or Guardian)

The Protomen
The Protomen
Presumably you have things to do, so I'm going to get you up to speed on The Protomen in a hurry, so you can make it to happy hour at Applebee's.

Allow me to make a bulleted list:

-The Protomen have distilled a thousand years of rock 'n' roll into a cocktail of rock 'n' roll awesome.

-This cocktail is not available for two-for-one during the Applebee's happy hour.

-The Protomen are from Nashville, Tenn.

-Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey is made in Tennessee.

-TGI Friday's uses a Jack Daniel's Whiskey sauce on a lot of their dishes.

-Applebee's and TGI Friday's are arch rivals.

-Rivalry is a theme on both of The Protomen's records.

-The Protomen's live show is a rock opera from the future about the good, the evil and the in-between. Their records are not merely collections of the band's songs. Perhaps they are best understood as original cast recordings of the songs from their hit musical.

-The music is epic. It's downright Homeric if Homer were a robot Meatloaf from the future. That's Meatloaf the singer (who was also in David Fincher's "Fight Club" and did a fine acting job, if I do say so myself), not the meatloaf sandwich available at Applebee's for $7.99 with garlic smashed potatoes, which are delicious but hardly epic.

-There is a story being told on these two records which is as epic as the music. Act I (2005) takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape as reflected in the the distorted, fuzzy and digital music. You can hear it in the sounds. It makes you feel things. It's musicalness.

-Act II: The Father of Death, released in 2009 to much acclaim, is a prequel, and as such is set in pre-apocalyptic times. Whereas Act I is the story of two robots, Act II is the story of two men. See how that's different? You could write a term paper about that. If Act I was epic. Act II is downright Wagnerian. Just wait until you hear it. Oh, don't wait. I'm excited for you to hear it for the first time. Might I suggest you keep a journal of your listening experience?

-Man, I tell you what, this is where it gets real. Act II was produced by Alan Shacklock (Meatloaf, The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler, Babe Ruth, Roger Daltry) and The Protomen. Mastering was provided by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys).

-Yeah, I'm dropping names. What of it? You'll need those to jack up your word count, anyhow.

-Speaking of name dropping, The Protomen were recently handpicked by Tenacious D to open a number of shows in Canada. Before that, they spent the last six years building a large and fiercely devoted fan base by kicking some major ass and headlining their own tours across the US and choice parts of Canada.
Bit Brigade
When Bit Brigade rolls into town, the gamer elite hang up the controller for the evening and see a rock show. With unprecedented attention to detail and post-rock bombast, Bit Brigade meticulously replicates every musical cue, cutscene and boss battle in perfect syncronization with master gamer Noah McCarthy's inspiring speed-trial run of each level. Composed of members of roadwarrior (both stateside and abroad) mathrock bands Cinemechanica and We Versus The Shark, Bit Brigade elevates game music to its proper place in the foreground of epic technical rock and plays the games like they don't need the extra lives. Which, for the record, they don't.
Danimal Cannon
Danimal Cannon
The story of Danimal Cannon


Nothing of any value happened.

In 2005 Danimal Cannon started his musical journey with the band Armcannon. After meeting Chris Dlugosz, Mike Willard, and Dave Bachowski at the University of Buffalo, they decided to unite their musical talents to form the band Armcannon.

Since 2005 Armcannon has been remixing music from videogames, TV shows, and movies. In 2007 they released their first album, Legvacuum. Danimal Cannon engineered mixed and mastered this record using the skills he developed competing in the Dwelling of Duels competition.

In 2008 point Dan started playing bass guitar with Mike Willard in a side project called Weaponex. Weaponex is a fusion influenced progressive metal project.

In 2009, Danimal played his first show with the band Metroid Metal. Dan had been a longtime fan of Stemage's work, and was contacted to perform live versions of his songs as a one off gig at MAGfest 7. The show was extremely successful, and a one-time gig turned into a part time band. Metroid Metal continues to perform today. Also in 2009 Armcannon began recording their second album, Armcannon 2. The album was tracked and engineered at Watchmen Studios but Danimal took the helm to mix and master the record.

Metroid Metal Live also recorded an album in 2009 entitled "Varia Suite", Danimal helped master that record. A follow up called "Expansion Pack" was released in 2010, although that one was mastered only by Stemage himself.

After performing at MAGfest and PAX several times, Danimal Cannon began to gain an interest in the live chiptune scene. Specifically, he fell in love with the sound of the Gameboy. He performed his first show at MAGfest 9 in early 2011, and embarked on his first tour with The Oneups, Random Encounter, and Brentalfloss during that summer. In order to have something to sell while on the road, he created the tour-exclusive CD "The Power Cosmic". The CD contains early versions of 5 chiptunes as well as 5 videogame remixes from his Dwelling of Duels days.

At the end of 2011, he finally released his chiptune full length album entitled "Roots". The record has been a critical success and has led to him performing at various festivals around North America, including Blipfest 2012 in New York City. During the summer of 2012 he toured The Protomen and Powerglove, and has also given panels about chiptunes at PAX East and PAX Prime.

Currently Danimal is working on a collaborative album with the chiptune artist Zef, as well as the third Armcannon record. He is also working on the soundtracks of various videogames, coming to a platform near you. Stay tuned folks.
Venue Information:
Studio at Waiting Room (Upstairs)
334 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY, 14202