Scottish Band Releases Gaming-Inspired EP Featuring Final Fantasy VII, Life Is Strange

Materia Collective today announced that Mantra Sound has released their new gaming-inspired album, Joystuck.

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Cover art for Mantra Sound’s Joystuck. Credit: Materia Collective

The indie rock band, which is from Edinburgh, Scotland, has covered themes from several fan-favorite franchises, including Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Super Bomberman and Life Is Strange.

According to the Seattle-based music publisher, the six-piece band recorded their debut EP around a gaming theme because it does not “often get this kind of treatment and will expose listeners to something new.”

The Scottish band, which is comprised of musicians, artists and filmmakers, has released the album on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify.

Joystuck features seven tracks, which can be viewed below in its entirety.

  • “Hyrule Temple” (Super Smash Bros.)

  • “Green Hill Zone” (Sonic the Hedgehog)

  • “Warp Room” (Crash Bandicoot: Warped)

  • “Misleading Signs” (Gray Matter)

  • “Those Who Fight Further”/”Still More Fighting” (Final Fantasy VII)

  • “Bombash” (Super Bomberman)

  • “Max & Chloe” (Life Is Strange)

“For our debut EP, we came together as a special six-piece band and rolled up our sleeves to record heartfelt and affectionate live performances of some of our favorite game music tunes,” Mantra Sound said.

“It was hard to choose what to record from so many shared and loved soundtracks — but ultimately, we landed on a collection of music that had meaning to us all in some way, both from our childhood and more recent lives.

“Joystuck is both a celebration and tribute to the art that accompanied our growing up, and when a group of musicians who love video games get together — the result is bound to sound something a little like this!”