Descendants of Erdrick: My new favorite indie band

by Seanba on March 19, 2010

This evening I took a night out with a fellow video game enthusiast and very special lady (read: my 7-year-old daughter) to see a homegrown video game tribute band: Descendants of Erdrick.

Fun fact: The band name is a cute throwback to the NES Dragon Warrior games, where the heroes are descendants of the legendary hero, Erdrick.

erdrick

Anyway, we had a great time at the show and were treated to music from these classic games:

Yes, there’s some gutsy picks in that setlist (T&C Surf Designs?) but I’m just a bit sore they didn’t have any pieces from The Legacy of the Wizard. 🙂

The highlight for my daughter, easily, was when they played the ever-pleasing Zelda music. I’ve always been a huge Final Fantasy 6 fan though, so I was moved by their rendition of Terra’s Theme – especially when my 7-year-old turned to me and correctly identified that piece of music as “the part where they’re walking in the snow in robots, right Daddy?”

Wow. What a great kid.  🙂

I got to meet with the band briefly after the show and they were absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response they got from the crowd. I think they’re just so new that they don’t yet realize the value their art is providing to gamers that grew up on these titles.

And for me there a bit of extra value as I kept thinking of these two points as they played …

  1. Holy crap do I ever love video games.
  2. I’ve never been happier to be making video games for a living.

… what a great message to be bringing with me back to the office after the March break.

By the way, some of their music is available on their myspace page but quite honestly I don’t think it does them justice. The enthusiasm and energy and love for what they do was much more pronounced on the makeshift stage tonight. I highly recommend you seek them out in a live venue.

erdrick-myspace

With Austin’s status as the live music capital of the world with a large video game development community it’s a wonder a band like this hasn’t popped up before. What a great opportunity for this talented group. I hope they do well.

Edit: Many thanks go to Austin’s own Game Over Videogames for hosting this free event.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Johnny March 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

Thanks for buying my CD! 😛 Gameover Videogames deserves a bunch of credit for putting on shows like these. They have a group playing today who is a Mega Man tribute band.

Seanba March 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I forgot to thank Game Over Videogames for hosting the event! Thanks for the reminder, John.

Raven March 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

Wish we had gone! We didn’t realize it wasn’t downtown. Bummer.

Amanda (Descendants of Erdrick) March 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Thanks again, Sean! We are actually playing another show THIS evening at 6PM at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse (http://genuinejoecoffee.com/). Once again, it is free, and all ages. =)

Add us here on Facebook as well, to get our future updates:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Descendants-of-Erdrick/271107669081

Johnny March 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I got to take my kids to see them at Genuine Joe Coffeehouse. Another great show. My kids thought the whole experience was awesome. This was there first live rock show. After, they begged for me to buy them each a CD.

James A. Cooley March 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

I caught them at Game Over and at Genuine Joe’s. They rocked both places! My grandson was at the second show and sat in the front row. He loved the Mario medley and asked if they could add some stuff from the Sonic games to the set list.

This is a great little band that we are lucky to be able to catch for free. I would happily pay to see them, as they are HOT.

Let’s hope they play again at the upcoming Game Over Summer Video Game Tournaments. I first heard them there last year and have been following them ever since.

Jen Bullard June 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

I believe they are playing at the summer picnic this year. Hope to see you there!

Marcus Taylor July 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My brother is D of ‘s bassist, and I’m really proud of him and the rest of the band for all the hard work they put into their music and that they could inspire such positive emotions in people like yourselves. I hope I can go to Austin at some point and see them play.

By the way, Sean, I read the part where your daughter correctly identified Terra’s Theme and it made me happy. I hope to have a kid that awesome someday.

Seanba July 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

@Marcus: No doubt you’re proud of your brother and the rest of the band. They do great work.

I’ve seen them 3 times now (twice with my daughter) and will certainly be seeing them again. It’s always a good show – and I really appreciate them recognizing us whenever we make it to one of their gigs.

Yeah, my daughter is super cool about this stuff. What can I say? I love it.

Seanba July 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

@Jen: I missed the summer picnic this year – what a bummer! I’m sure it was a fantastic show.

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