For our second official geek crush, I decided to go with a new love. I was first introduced to this band through a friend who usually has questionable taste in entertainment. However, I decided to give Protomen a chance when I heard about the basic premise behind their music — telling the story of Megaman through a dramatic rock opera. Maybe it was that initial bias that made me give them a listen at all, but after seeing them live at PAX East in March of this year, oh it was love.
It may stem from my initial love of rock operas (I may or may not have a thing for Andrew Llyod Webber musicals …) but the idea of telling a story through song is definitely what started the blossom of our relationship. Their live presentation, which included wonderful costuming and theatrical performance is what brought Protomen to exclusive level of Girls Are Geeks Geek Crush.
If you have never heard of Protomen, let me introduce them to you the same way my friend first brought them into my world: “You know that old school NES game MegaMan? Listen to this awesome story.No one was left who could remember how it had happened, how the world had fallen under darkness. At least no one who would do anything. No one who would oppose the robots. No one who would challenge their power, or so Dr. Wily believed… Twenty Floors above the dark streets of the city, Dr. Light lived in a run-down tenement. An eccentric and brilliant man. Light was a loner, a thinker, a man of ideas. Ideas forbidden in Wiley’s society. The society for which he worked. The society in which he lived. The society that he would set free. And so Light worked, far into the night, when the watchful eyes of Wiley’s robots weren’t upon him. He’d set his skillful hands to the task of creating a device to bring about a change, to create a machine to bring freedom, to create a man to save the world. Twelve years Light worked and on a cold night in the year 200X, Protoman was born. A perfet man, an unbeatable machine, hell-bent on destroying every evil standing between man and freedom, built for one purpose, to destroy Wiley’s army of evil robots.”
After we all agreed that it was pretty awesome he added, “Oh and the best part is, these are lyrics. There is an entire 2 albums worth of epic rock opera.” If that doesn’t get you all fired up for Protomen, then maybe what you need is a little fan love. Using Twitter, Protomen keep in great contact with their fans. Recently, they gave away free wallpapers to anyone who asked, one of which is still my desktop (much to the chagrin of others in my house who think it’s “terrifying”).
I’m not going to give away anymore of the story. In fact, I think the only way to appropriately experience this music is to absorb yourself within it. This is not a casual listening band, so make sure you are really paying attention. I’ll get you started by pointing you toward the CD’s. I suggest you buy them and support this great group. Protomen and Act II: The Father of Death.
One of the things that makes this band crush-worthy is the air of mystery surrounding them. Seriously, what kind of geek girl doesn’t want a little bit of mystery in her men? The group is from Nashville, TN, but other details remain secret. The group uses code names, such as Commander, Panther, and The Gunslinger, even when interviewing. How much dedication to the music is that?
Protomen have earned their place as this month’s Geek Crush. If you have fallen in love like we have, here’s a few ways to show your dedication and devotion:
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