I first heard Trans Am in 1997. The record was Surrender To The Night. Hearing the solo to Motr brought a tear to my eye. It still does. It was the same night I heard Underworld’s Second Toughest In The Infants and Tortoise’s Millions Living Now Will Never Die the same night. It was quite an overwhelming and intense experience. I will never forget that rainy night in Joe’s dorm room. It forever changed my view of the synthesizer not to mention music.
What can be said about Trans Am? They are the David Bowie of video game music? Maybe. They are from DC but sound least likely to have come from there. It has been said that those from DC can hear and see the undertones they project. To me they epitomize the Metro. There is politics in their music aside from lyrics. They made instrumental music, but then started sometimes singing (mainly) in to vocoders. A great transition. And they keep reinventing themselves. And keep on doing it well. Bravo.
Trans Am also inspired me to make music. Or rather steal from them. (ahem) I can’t ever thank them enough for getting me off my ass.
- Motr (Surrender To The Night)
- Carboforce (Surrender To The Night)
- Futureworld (Futureworld)
- Home Security (The Surveillance)
- Cold War (TA)
- Slow Response (Who Do We Think You Are?)
- Firepoker (Trans Am)
- Orlando (Trans Am)
- First Words (Sex Change)
- Now You Die, You Thriddle Fool (Strength magazine split 7″)